Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption by Benjamin Rachlin

Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption

"A crisply written page turner."-NPR During the last two decades, more than two thousand American citizens have been wrongfully convicted. Ghost of the Innocent Man brings us one of the most dramatic of those cases and provides the clearest picture yet of the national scourge of wrongful conviction and of the opportunity for meaningful reform.When the final gavel clapped i...

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ISBN:0316311499
Number of Pages:400 pages

Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption Reviews

  • Maggie Holmes

    Thanks to Edelweiss, I read this as a pre-pub. I have always been interested in the justice system and was fascinated by Picking Cotton and Grisham's Innocent Man. Legally, innocence is not enough to overturn a jury conviction. What kind of sense does that make?

    What makes this book different from the other two books is that it tells the story of the development of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission along side the story of Willie Grimes. Willie's story is sad but with a good ending.

    Thanks to Edelweiss, I read this as a pre-pub. I have always been interested in the justice system and was fascinated by Picking Cotton and Grisham's Innocent Man. Legally, innocence is not enough to overturn a jury conviction. What kind of sense does that make?

    What makes this book different from the other two books is that it tells the story of the development of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission along side the story of Willie Grimes. Willie's story is sad but with a good ending. The Commission tells a story that needs to be told to a much bigger audience. Why don't more states develop this type of commission? I hope Rachlin can get this story out there and it sparks a demand for more action.

  • Martha Toll

    Here is my review of this book on NPR.

  • Lou

    Injustices with a quiet giant, Willie J Grimes.

    Unsettling on its revelations, informative on the history of injustices.

    Will Grimes will stay with the reader for some time for his patience against the injustice.

    This work will have you ruminate on the ones that have been sentenced to death innocents unjustly lost.

    They may be some respite in knowing Grimes was one of the lucky ones that was freed eventually.

    The life to and fro from prison to prison, the inadequate representations and care, and lack

    Injustices with a quiet giant, Willie J Grimes.

    Unsettling on its revelations, informative on the history of injustices.

    Will Grimes will stay with the reader for some time for his patience against the injustice.

    This work will have you ruminate on the ones that have been sentenced to death innocents unjustly lost.

    They may be some respite in knowing Grimes was one of the lucky ones that was freed eventually.

    The life to and fro from prison to prison, the inadequate representations and care, and lack of chances of parole despite the weak evidences against him.

    The lack of proper due care or maybe even due respect to process evidences, all things preceding and after his arrest.

    Race could come into this failure, but the lawyers representing him had two others, two white males, who where also exonerated after some time of incarceration also mentioned in this book in not so much detail, this book is more about Grimes’s sphere.

    Various chapters walk the world around Grimes, his incarceration, his poverty and the pursuit of truth and freedom.

    There is also some telling on how the North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission was formed and its first few successful exonerations which started the cogs working for some justice upon a part of this earth.

    A well done representation and informative investigative writing on a tragic case of innocent charged as guilty.

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