A Promise of Justice
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A Promise of Justice

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A Promise of Justice tells the story of the case the Ford Heights Four, the worst miscarriage of justice since the Scottsboro trials in Alabama in the 1930s. Four innocent black men collectively spent 64 years in Illinois prisons -- two of them on death row -- for a crime they did not commit. Based on police and prosecutorial misconduct, perjured testimony, and the ineptit...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published August 3rd 1998 by Hyperion Books (first published August 1998)
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I lived in Chicago for a few years and had heard about the story of the Ford Heights Four and was always very interested. I found myself enthralled by this book. Even though I knew the ending, that the four men would be exonerated, it was exciting and frustrating to read the details of how long the process really takes for "justice."

It is unbelievable how many people were involved to help these men and it really all started with one person who just really gave a damn. This book really confirmed...more
Charles Choi
The true story of how a few journalism students -- aided by professors and private detectives -- helped free four men from prison and find the four actual criminals. Regardless of how you feel about the death penalty, you will come away with from this book deeply questioning the system that administrates it.
A book that will make you re-think the death penalty.
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