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Author Cook, Kerry Max, 1956-

Title Chasing justice : my story of freeing myself after two decades on death row for a crime I didn't commit / Kerry Max Cook.

Publication Info. New York : William Morrow, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  345.764 C    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  B COOK, K.M.    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  B-COOK, K.    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description x, 342 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Prologue : 1977 -- My family -- Pretrial, 1977 and 1978 -- 1978 trial -- Welcome to death row -- Through the killing fields -- Men I could trust -- The more things stay the same : pretrial, 1992 -- The 1992 trial -- Georgetown rematch, 1994 -- Purgatory -- A November to remember -- The choice -- Living life -- My travels.
Summary "Chronicles how a smalltown murder became one of the worst cases of prosecutorial misconduct in American history, and sent the author, an innocent man, to hell for 22 harrowing years--Cook is one of the longest-tenured death-row prisoners to be freed. Convicted of killing a young woman in Texas, Cook was sentenced to death in 1978 and served two decades in a prison system so notoriously brutal and violent that in 1980 a federal court ruled that serving time in Texas's jails was "cruel and unusual punishment." When an advocate and a crusading lawyer joined his struggle in the 1990s, a series of retrials was forced. At last, in November 1996, Texas's highest appeals court threw out Cook's conviction, citing overwhelming evidence of police and prosecutorial misconduct. Finally in 1999 long-overlooked DNA evidence linked another man to the rape and murder for which Cook had been convicted."--From publisher description.
Subject Cook, Kerry Max, 1956- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Trials (Rape) -- Texas -- Tyler.
Trials (Murder) -- Texas -- Tyler.
Judicial error -- Texas.
Death row inmates -- Texas -- Biography.
Prosecutorial misconduct -- Texas.
ISBN 006057464X
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