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Monday, October 16, 2006

Reader's Corner: John Grisham's "Innocent Man"

From An obituary in The New York Times led writer John Grisham to the subject of his new book -- and first work of nonfiction -- The Innocent Man. It's a tale of the wrongful conviction, near-execution, exoneration and tragic death of Ron Williamson -- a small-town sports hero from Oklahoma whose life didn't turn out the way he expected. "Never in my most creative moment could I have come up with a story like this," Grisham says. Here's an excerpt and commentary from NPR. . . I haven't read it yet, but my Co-blogger Godsey can hardly put it down. [Michele Berry]

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I thought the Grisham book is a real eye opener.

If you get a chance take a look at this true story of Southern Injustice.


Who is up to her hoo hoo in legal briefs and sadly, has no time for Flash Fiction Friday this semester.

Posted by: Calli | Oct 18, 2006 5:50:04 PM

Any thoughts on the "bloody palm print". When Debra Carter's body was exhumed, it was tested and the "expert" said it was hers. Later in the book another expert tested it and said it wasn't. It was never mentioned again if it was tested against Glenn Gore or anyone else. Why were the police so insistant on the fact that there were 2 men involved with the first investigation, but seemed to think Gore acted alone in the second. Is the palm print an indication that there is a second suspect who has never been found?

Posted by: Maria McFarland | Oct 27, 2006 6:20:59 AM

Who And Where Is Dennis Fritz, You say after reading John Grisham's Book "The Innocent man", Grisham's First non-fiction book. The Other Innocent Man hardly mentioned in "The Innocent Man" has his own compelling and fascinating story to tell in "Journey Toward Justice". John Grisham endorsed Dennis Fritz's Book on the Front Cover.
Dennis Fritz wrote his Book Published by Seven Locks Press, to bring awareness about False Convictions, and The Death Penalty. "Journey Toward Justice" is a testimony to the Triumph of the Human Spirit and is a Stunning and Shocking Memoir. Dennis Fritz was wrongfully convicted of murder after a swift trail. The only thing that saved him from the Death Penalty was a lone vote from a juror. "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham is all about Ronnie Williamson, Dennis Fritz's was his co-defendant. Ronnie Williamson was sentenced to the Death Penalty. Both were exonerated after spending 12 years in prison. They were set free because of a simple DNA test. The real killer was one of the Prosecution's Key Witness. John Grisham's "The Innocent Man" tells half the story. Dennis Fritz's Story needs to be heard. Read about how he wrote hundreds of letters and appellate briefs in his own defense and immersed himself in an intense study of law. He was a school teacher and a ordinary man from Ada Oklahoma, whose wife was brutally murdered in 1975.
On May 8, 1987 while raising his young daughter alone, he was put under arrest and on his way to jail on charges of rape and murder. Since then, it has been a long hard road filled with twist and turns. Dennis Fritz is now on his "Journey Toward Justice".
He never blamed the Lord and soley relied on his faith in God to make it through. He waited for God's time and never gave up.

Posted by: Barbara Owens | Jan 14, 2007 2:05:04 PM

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