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The Resource Ghost of the Innocent Man

Ghost of the Innocent Man

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Ghost of the Innocent Man
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Ghost of the Innocent Man
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A Library Journal Top Ten Book of the YearA Shelf Awareness Best Book of the YearA National Public Radio Great Read for 2017"Remarkable . . . Captivating . . . Rachlin is a skilled storyteller." —New York Times Book Review"A gripping legal-thriller mystery . . . Profoundly elevates good-cause advocacy to greater heights—to where innocent lives are saved." —USA Today"A crisply written page turner." —NPRA gripping account of one man's long road to freedom that will forever change how we understand our criminal justice systemDuring the last three decades, more than two thousand American citizens have been wrongfully convicted. Ghost of the Innocent Man brings us one of the most dramatic of those cases and provides the clearest picture yet of the national scourge of wrongful conviction and of the opportunity for meaningful reform.When the final gavel clapped in a rural southern courtroom in the summer of 1988, Willie J. Grimes, a gentle spirit with no record of violence, was shocked and devastated to be convicted of first-degree rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. Here is the story of this everyman and his extraordinary quarter-century-long journey to freedom, told in breathtaking and sympathetic detail, from the botched evidence and suspect testimony that led to his incarceration to the tireless efforts to prove his innocence and the identity of the true perpetrator. These were spearheaded by his relentless champion, Christine Mumma, a cofounder of North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission. That commission—unprecedented at its inception in 2006—remains a model organization unlike any other in the country, and one now responsible for a growing number of exonerations.With meticulous, prismatic research and pulse-quickening prose, Benjamin Rachlin presents one man's tragedy and triumph. The jarring and unsettling truth is that the story of Willie J. Grimes, for all its outrage, dignity, and grace, is not a unique travesty. But through the harrowing and suspenseful account of one life, told from the inside, we experience the full horror of wrongful conviction on a national scale. Ghost of the Innocent Man is both rare and essential, a masterwork of empathy. The book offers a profound reckoning not only with the shortcomings of our criminal justice system but also with its possibilities for redemption
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Rachlin, Benjamin
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dictionaries
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  • Law
  • Sociology
  • True Crime
  • Nonfiction
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Ghost of the Innocent Man
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:9ce5a787-d816-4c40-917c-9ab982d0ec53
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4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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True
Isbn
9780316501262
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optical disk
Label
Ghost of the Innocent Man
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:9ce5a787-d816-4c40-917c-9ab982d0ec53
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780316501262
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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