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Authors: Michael L. Radelet, Hugo Adam Bedau, and Constance E. Putnam

Title: In Spite of Innocence

Subtitle: The Ordeal of 400 Americans Wrongly Convicted of Crimes Punishable by Death

Place: Boston

Publisher: Northeastern University Press

Year: 1992

Pages: 399pp.

ISBN-10: 1555531423 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 1555531970 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Prosecution: Wrong Convictions


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Michael Radelet, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder


  Preface and Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  Introduction (p. 3)
  Part I   Bearing False Witness
    1   The Ex-Convict and the Ex-Policeman (p. 23)
    2   "Me, They Were Burying Alive" (p. 43)
    3   Chance Encounters (p. 60)
  Part II   Pride and Prejudice
    4   Political Crimes and Punishments (p. 79)
    5   White Mobs, Black Victims (p. 102)
    6   "Since You're the Nigger, You're Elected" (p. 119)
  Part III   Courrupt Practices
    7   A Smear of Blood and Paint (p. 141)
    8   Gullible Police and a Vulnerable Suspect (p. 157)
    9   Wrong Place, Wrong Time (p. 176)
  Part IV   Rush to Judgment
    10   Guilty at First Sight (p. 197)
    11   The Luck of the Draw (p. 218)
    12   "It's a Scar That's Been Placed on Me" (p. 235)
    13   Even Experts Make Mistakes (p. 253)
  Conclusion (p. 271)
  Inventory of Cases (p. 282)
  Glossary of Legal Terms (p. 357)
  Jurisdiction of Cases (p. 359)
  Sources (p. 361)
  Bibliography (p. 379)
  Index (p. 385)

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