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  • The Innocent Man

    Anyone read John Grisham's latest book The Innocent Man? His first nonfiction work.

    It's about 1971 draft pick Ron Williamson, an A's and Yankees farmhand, who was falsely convicted and jailed for rape and murder. It discusses his battle with mental illness and the impression of (along with police and judicial manipulation of the facts) that that led to his conviction without evidence in a small town in Oklahoma. Williamson was sent to death row.

    I'm a 1/3 of the way through - seems like a story that needed to be told. In truth, it seems like a common story about:
    -people whom many deem as strange and are suspicious and afraid
    -the downward spiral of emotion/mental issues on a life
    -police coercion
    -prosecutorial misconduct
    -small-own justice

    AND the value of requesting a lawyer as soon as questioning begins.

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