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Mean Justice

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  89 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Besieged by murder, rape, and the most vile conspiracies, the all-American town of Bakersfield, California, found its saviors in a band of bold and savvy prosecutors who stepped in to create one of the toughest anti-crime communities in the nation. There was only one problem: many of those who were arrested, tried, and imprisoned were innocent citizens. In a work as taut a ...more
Paperback, 688 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Pocket Books (first published 1999)
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Laurie Stoll
Feb 25, 2011 Laurie Stoll rated it it was amazing
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Non-fiction. This book is very well written. The true story leaves you feeling very very angry about all of the truth in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Lenny
Nov 06, 2015 Lenny rated it it was amazing
Brutally scary true story all about how innocent people can end up behind bars for the rest of their lives. Dishonest cops, lawyers, and judges, attribute to this egregious injustice!
Carrie Schaefer
Dec 02, 2013 Carrie Schaefer rated it it was amazing
This book was hard to put down, but difficult to read at the same time. The subject matter enrages the reader. It is great insight into our justice system and how easily one of us could be snatched out of lives without provocation.
Kait
Dec 14, 2009 Kait rated it liked it
Kind of depressing. We put so much faith in the justice system to keep us safe, and here they are chucking innocent people in jail. And poor Pat still ends up getting convicted.
Felicia
Aug 16, 2009 Felicia rated it it was amazing
Crazy book about the corruption of Bakersfield department of justice!
Jeanne
Sep 20, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it
"Alone among government officials, prosecutors operate with little public scrutiny or accountability in deciding who to prosecute and what evidence to share with defense attorneys". Think about that. That would allow for many opportunities of abuse of power and prosecutorial misconduct.

Pat Dunn was railroaded by an over-zealous prosecutor in Kern County, California during a period of law & order hysteria there. The author lays out a convincing case that Dunn never murdered his wife and how,
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Apr 29, 2010 Dennis Littrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Humes, Edward. Mean Justice: A Town's Terror, a Prosecutor's Power, a Betrayal of Innocence (1999)*****
Injustice in a California town

True crime writer Edward Humes (Mississippi Mud 1994, et al) takes apart the criminal justice system in Bakersfield, California and Kern County. The main story is about Pat Dunn, convicted in 1993 of murdering his wife for her money. The evidence was slight and relied heavily on a heroin addict's testimony, a career criminal who had gotten a deal to testify. Humes
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Kat Young
Jun 29, 2012 Kat Young rated it liked it
I liked reading about the miscarriages of justice, and how the quest for being 'tough on crime' can lead to witch hunts and over-zealousness, but the writing was just too redundant and repetitive. Many of the set-ups did not really lead to a payoff.
Jane Morris
May 11, 2011 Jane Morris rated it really liked it
About misguided legal systems(prosecutors and police) that sometimes are more concerned about convictions than the truth and rights of the accused. Interesting, frightening, but bogged down in the middle.
Michael
Jun 17, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing
Great read on the spirit of justice in Kern County
Darren
Sep 21, 2013 Darren rated it really liked it
It wasn't too bad. First book that I read by this author.
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One of the most frightening books I've read.
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Edward Humes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the author of nine books of nonfiction, most recently, Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for Americas Soul and Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream. His next book, "Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet," will be out next year."
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