Innocent by Scott Christianson
Inside Wrongful Conviction Cases

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Innocent graphically documents forty-two recent criminal cases to find evidence of shocking miscarriages of justice, especially in murder cases. Based upon interviews with more than 200 people and reviews of hundreds internal case files, court records, smoking-gun memoranda, and other documents, Scott Christianson gets inside the legal cases, revealing the mistakes, abuses, and underlying factors that led to miscarriages of justice, while also describing how determined prisoners, post-conviction attorneys, advocates, and journalists struggle against tremendous odds to try to win their exonerations.

The result is a powerful work that recounts the human costs of a criminal justice system gone awry, and shows us how wrongful convictions can—and do—happen everywhere.

 

About Scott Christianson

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Scott Christianson, PhD, is a former New York State criminal justice official, investigative reporter, college professor, consultant, and the author of several acclaimed books and hundreds of articles. Lowell J. Levine, DDS, is director of the Medicolegal Investigations Unit of the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Identifying the remains of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele and helping to convict serial killer Ted Bundy are two of his most famous cases.
 
Published November 1, 2006 by NYU Press. 196 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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A chilling chronicle of what can happen when the criminal justice system goes awry, Christianson's volume documents 42 cases in which an innocent person was sentenced for a crime that she or he didn't commit.

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