Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town (Paperback)

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Pete Earley's The Hot House gave America a riveting, uncompromising look at the nation's most notorious prison--the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas--a book that Kirkus Reviews called a "fascinating white-knuckle tour of hell,  brilliantly reported." Now Earley shows us a different, even more intimate view of justice--and injustice--American-style.

In Monroeville, Alabama, in the fall of 1986, a pretty junior  college student was found murdered in the back of the dry  cleaning shop where she worked. Several months later, Walter "Johnny D." McMillian, a black man with no criminal record, was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the crime. As McMillian sat in his cell on Alabama's death row, a young black lawyer named Bryan Stevenson took up his own investigation into the murder of Ronda Morrison. Finding a trial tainted by procedural mistakes, conflicting eyewitness accounts, and outright perjury, he was determined to see McMillian go free--even if it took the most unconventional means...

About the Author

Formerly a reporter for The Washington PostPete Earley is the author of Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring and Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town, winner of the Edgar Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Praise For…

Earley's reporting has the bracing flavor of fiction, as if he were a masterly novelist displaying his imagination in a crime thriller."
--The Washington Post

"Mr. Earley tells the story skillfully, weaving together interview material, investigators' reports and courtroom testimony to show how the system slowly, inexorably tightened a noose around Mr. McMillian's neck. Circumstantial Evidence leaves readers outraged."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A wonderful story. The new To Kill a Mockingbird."
--Gerry Spence, author of How to Argue and Win Every Time

Product Details
ISBN: 9780553763560
ISBN-10: 0553763563
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: August 1st, 1995
Pages: 528
Language: English