A True Story of Innocence on Death Row
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Wrong Man by Michael Mello
Book DescriptionThe Wrong Man is the dramatic story of Michael Mello's twenty-year-long fight to save Spaziano from being executed for crimes he didn't commit. In a gripping personal account Mello, a well-known author, activist, and legal commentator, describes the ins and outs of this case and the extremes to which he was driven by it. In his desperation to halt this miscarriage of justice, Mello broke ethical and procedural rules, faced possible contempt charges and disbarment proceedings, and gave up hope of ever practicing law in Florida again. Among his unconventional measures was to involve the Miami Herald, which eventually published an investigative piece exposing the fundamental unfairness of Spaziano's sentence, an article that was instrumental in turning the tide of public opinion and bringing the case to the attention of the national media.More than an account of a single, notorious death penalty case, The Wrong Man is an indictment of capital punishment and the criminal justice system -- a fascinating first-person narrative about death penalty legal work and a detailed account of how the justice system often fails to deliver justice. Ultimately Mello offers compelling proof of the following sad reality: wrongful convictions can easily occur, and innocent people are sentenced to death and executed in America.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816637836
(148mm x 229mm x 37mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 5-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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