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Death of Innocents

An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions

Death of Innocents

An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions

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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
ISBN: 9781853116827
Published: 22/12/2005
Sr Helen Prejean has accompanied five men to execution since she began her work in 1982. She believes the last two, Dobie Williams in Louisiana and Joseph O'Dell in Virginia, were innocent, but their juries were blocked from seeing all the evidence and their defence teams were incompetent. 'The readers of this book will be the first "jury" with access to all the evidence the trail juries never saw', she says. The Death of Innocents shows how race, prosecutorial ambition, poverty and publicity determine who dies and who lives. Prejean raises profound constitutional questions about the legality of the death penalty.

Helen Prejean, CSJ

"Luminous, undecorated, angry and very moving. . . . [It] tests our conception of human decency." -"The New York Times Book Review" "A work of great persuasive power. It will also, I hope, become a source of outrage." -Christopher Hitchens, "Los Angeles Times Book Review" "Impassioned yet thoughtful. . . . Certain to promote reflection. . . . Prejean commands respect." -"The Christian Science Monitor" "A stunning work of conscience, told with restrained outrage, a sharp eye for the absurd, and an unshakeable belief in the dignity of all humans." -"The San Diego Union-Tribune"