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Capital Punishment: An Indictment by a Death-Row Survivor

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  28 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Billy Wayne Sinclair was only twenty-one when sentenced to death. Because of an accidental shooting, he spent the next forty years in prison. When the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty, Billy was re-sentenced to life without parole. Here, he offers a blistering examination of the death penalty and its origins.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Arcade Publishing (first published January 5th 2009)
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Dale Jr.
As long as I can remember, I have been against capital punishment. I can remember in high school being the only one who argued against it in a law class. I also remember hushing every argument against me by stating the reality of it all against misinformation and ignorance of the judicial system.

Billy Wayne Sinclair presents incredibly thought-provoking arguments and staggering statistics combined with an insider's perspective of death row and the judicial system in his argument against capital
David Abbott
Very good, but it gets a bit like a broken record with the basic points repeated again and again
Billy Wayne Sinclair's book is just what its cover advertises it to be: a critical examination of the death penalty by a former death row inmate. Sinclair, just 21 years old, was sentenced to death for a murder committed during a robbery gone wrong. He spent 6 years on death row, and was one of the hundreds of inmates whose death sentences were voided by the Supreme Court's 1972 decision in Furhman v. Georgia. He spent 40 years in prison, where he became a jailhouse lawyer and writer.

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Aug 06, 2015 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe the next edition can have a decent cover; no need for total black.

I'm pro-death penalty, yes sir, but not for a case such as this. The sentence here, and the time spent in prison, was excessive. This man is a survivor, no doubt about it.

Death penalty is for perps who hands down and unequivocally not only did the crime/s but do not regret it and even brag about it: Richard Allen Davis (victim: Polly Klaas). Flipped the 'finger' at Mr. Klaas, and claimed he'd do it again. Take him out! I'd p
Aug 08, 2011 Larry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, but could only give it three stars. I am firmly and irresistibly anti-death penalty. Anyone choosing to start a very heated argument with me will almost always find one by starting to advocate the state using an imperfect justice system to pass on the ultimate sentence in my name. I don't justify taking it easy on murderers so don't start that, I only think that killing someone out of revenge isn't going to help anyone.

That said, this is a book with a point of view. Sinclair
In 1965, Billy Wayne Sinclair accidentally killed a store clerk with a shot fired aimlessly into the dark after a robbery he had committed. One year later, at the age of twenty-one, he was sentenced to die in the electric chair for his crime, however unintentional. Sinclair initially dealt with his death sentence through denial, swallowing the tranquilizers the guards on death row dispensed to keep the inmates pacified. Thankfully, Sinclair became curious about the system that intended to kill h ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Ashley marked it as to-read
Own in paperback.

FS: "Americans have been debating whether the death penalty is a just punishment since the colonies revolted against the oppressive, often brutal dictates of the English crown."

LS: "I believe politics killed Williams then. I can formally put it on the record now."
Jan 30, 2012 Roberta rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this author, even if I did not agree with all of his view points 100% of the time. There some typos...but it was an not too much to complain about. Will probably read more from this author in the future.
May 08, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Food for thought for anyone who is pro-capital punishment.
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