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Angel of Death Row by Andrea D. Lyon
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Jan 20, 11

Read from January 04 to 20, 2011

Anyone who doesn't believe that our criminal justice system can be truly unfair and unjust should read this book. Disturbing case stories, in come cases of people being convicted on shockingly flimsy evidence, and/or important information being withheld from juries.

It was also interesting to hear about the changes over the years (the earliest cases she chronicles take place in the '70's and early '80's) in terms of attitudes toward issues like domestic violence and women in the workplace. In one early case, she actually had a judge tell her, "Don't you know that I don't like women lawyers?"

A fascinating read, and an amazing woman. If only everyone accused of a crime could count on being represented by someone as dedicated and compassionate as Andrea Lyon.
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message 1: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Nice- this is on my to-read list!


Laura I've only just started it, but it's really interesting so far!


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