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The innocent man : murder and injustice in a small town

Author: John Grisham
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2006] ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet. In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Science fiction
True crime stories
Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Ronald Keith Williamson; Ronald Keith Williamson; Ronald Keith Williamson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Grisham
ISBN: 0385517238 9780385517232 9780739473993 0739473999
OCLC Number: 70251230
Description: 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: John Grisham.
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John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet. In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits-- drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa. In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder. With no physical evidence, the prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row. If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.

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