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Journey Toward Justice

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Dennis Fritz was an ordinary middle-aged man leading an ordinary life, when, on May 8, 1987, he was on his way to jail on charges of rape and murder. An overzealous prosecutor bent on winning relied on flimsy circumstantial evidence and Dennis was convicted and sentenced to life in prison while his co-defendant, Ronnie Williamson was sentenced to death. After twelve years ...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published January 31st 2008 by Seven Locks Press (first published October 6th 2006)
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Mel Tungate
Jan 18, 2010 Mel Tungate rated it really liked it
There are four books about this topic. If you want to read the best book of the four, by far, read The Innocent Man, by Grisham. If you want to read all four, first read The Innocent Man by Grisham. Next, read Barry Schecks Actual Innocence, then read this book. Last, do a google search, and look for Bill Peterson's web page. If you can read it without vomitting, you are a better man than I am. He still does not get it - he almost put to death men who had no connection in any way to any crime, ...more
John Dizon
Feb 23, 2014 John Dizon rated it liked it
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Fritz during the Irish Fest at Weston MO last October. He was out on the street STILL hawking this book since 2006. He was doubleparked, so me and my drinking buddy tended his spot for him. I gave him a promo card for my novel The Standard (which I bet he tossed), and in turn I ordered Justice from Amazon for 0.01 plus shipping. Cold dog-doo, friends, as the autobio will agree is par for his course.

Actually, John Grisham got hold of this and added it to his anth

Sage Forrest
Aug 08, 2010 Sage Forrest rated it it was ok
The plot of this book was good, and the insights to a primitive "justice" system are fascinating.
The publishing company left much (if not all) of the author's writing unedited, presumably to preserve his voice and help the reader build a personal relationship with him. Yes, the book is a biography. But rather than helping me build a relationship with the author, his publishing company's lack of grammatical editing served as a distraction. I wish I'd been able to focus more on the plot, and less
Sep 16, 2009 Kathy rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
In 1987 in Ada, OK, two men were erroneously convicted of a 1982 brutal murder and sent to prison. Twelve years later, with help from The Innocence Project and DNA testing, they were both released. The story of Ron Williamson, who was a little crazy thanks to alcohol and drug use and was sentenced to death for the murder, was well written by John Grisham in The Innocent Man. An interesting website purporting to be from District Attorney Bill Petersen poin ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
This is the true story about a man was served about 12 years for rape and murder. He was innocent. He spent as much time as he could in the prison library learning all he could about the law. He fought for years for justice, writing hundreds of letters and appellate briefs, hoping someone would take an interest in his case. After 10 years he discovered The Innocence Project, a non profit organization that is devoted to exonerating wrongfully convicted people. John Grisham ,who wrote The Innocent ...more
Sean Hopkins
May 07, 2010 Sean Hopkins rated it really liked it
A true story of the conviction of an innocent man and his continued fight to prove his innocence. He was finally freed from prison after 12 years of being wrongfully imprisoned based on DNA testing and legal representation provided by The Innocence Project, headed by Barry Scheck. It was interesting to read this book and to compare it to the book written by John Gresham about Ron Williamson, who was given the death penalty for his alleged role in the murder of Debbie Sue Carter. It is hard to ...more
V.A. Herring-Trice
Jan 14, 2016 V.A. Herring-Trice rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading the first hand account by one of the Ada accused. After reading several accounts of the Ada injustice, I was glad to see at least one of the accused rebuilding his life again. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in criminal justice, social issues and nonfiction.
May 19, 2008 Shirley rated it really liked it
The companion book to Grisham's "The Innocent Man". This is the first person account of the other man sentenced life in prison for a murder he did not commit.
Oct 15, 2011 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Remarkable. It is amazing that someone and many, many innocents souls can endure this and still keep their faith in the Lord!
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