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Description - Tulia by Nate Blakeslee

In the summer of 1999, in the tiny west Texas town of Tulia, thirty-nine people, almost all of them black, were arrested and charged with dealing powdered cocaine. The operation, a federally-funded investigation performed in cooperation with the local authorities, was based on the work of one notoriously unreliable undercover officer, Tom Coleman. Despite the flimsiness of the evidence against them, virtually all of the defendants were convicted and given sentences as high as ninety-nine years. Tulia is the story of this town, the bust, the trials, and the heroic legal battle that ultimately led to the reversal of the convictions in the summer of 2003. But the story is much bigger than that; Tulia makes clear, these events are the latest chapter in a story with themes as old as the country itself. This paperback edition includes a new section of interviews and discussion material for reading groups.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586484545
ISBN-10: 1586484540
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publish Date: 12-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nate Blakeslee

Nate Blakeslee, a former editor of the Texas Observer, broke the Tulia story for the Observer in 2000. It was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. In 2004, he won the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award for his drug war reporting. Blakeslee's work has also appeared in Texas Monthly and The Nation. He is a Soros Justice Media Fellow. Born and raised in Texas, he lives in Austin.

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