Monday, November 2, 2009
That intriguing title graces the cover of a new book about N
That intriguing title graces the cover of a new book about North Carolina attorney Ken Rose. The new book chronicles Rose’s decade-long defense of Bo Jones, a North Carolina farmhand convicted of a 1987 murder. It’s the most frustrating case Ken encountered in his 25 years as a capital appeals attorney, a landmark legal case that until now has received little attention.
The book follows Ken through a decade of setbacks and triumphs, as he gradually unearths the evidence he hopes will save his client’s life. At the same time, Ken also single-handedly builds a nonprofit law firm that becomes a major force in the death penalty debate. The Last Lawyer gives readers access to the inner workings of a capital defense team; no other nonfiction book has told this kind of story from the lawyer’s point of view.
The book is based on four-and-a-half years of behind-the-scenes reporting by journalism professor John Temple (who also happens to be the husband of Hollee Temple, the legal writing director at West Virginia University). At John's website, you can arrange for him to visit and talk to your law students.