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Sep 19, 2013 — Evan Mandery's A Wild Justice is an account of the legal battles that led to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down capital punishment, then reversing course four years later. He says that today, prisoners who are sentenced to death have a 10 percent chance of actually being executed.
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Apr 8, 2011 — Attorney David Dow has spent his career representing inmates who have been sentenced to death. Despite his efforts, many of his clients have been executed — and most of them were guilty. He details what it's like to become emotionally involved with the people living on death row in a new memoir.
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Feb 8, 2010 — Attorney David Dow has spent his career representing inmates who have been sentenced to death. Despite his efforts, many of his clients have been executed — and most of them were guilty. In his new memoir, The Autobiography of an Execution, Dow details what it's like to become emotionally involved with the people living on death row.
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Mar 18, 2009 — Thomas Cahill is a noted historian of ancient civilizations. But in 2003, his life took a turn when he met a death row inmate, Dominique Green. Green became the subject of Cahill's new book, A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green. The author tells how Green inspired the lives of those around him in prison.
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Apr 14, 2008 — A new book revisits an old case about a Louisiana prisoner who was executed by electrocution — twice. In 1946, Louisiana guards attempted to execute 16-year-old Willie Francis but botched it. His legal case ended up before the Supreme Court.
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Oct 11, 2006 — John Grisham says he could never have come up with the story that's chronicled in his first work of nonfiction, The Innocent Man. It's the tragic tale of Ron Williamson, a small-town sports hero from Oklahoma wrongly convicted of murder.
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Dec 8, 2005 — Farai Chideya hosts a special roundtable on the death penalty. Guests: Joshua Marquis, vice president of the National District Attorney's Association and co-author of Debating the Death Penalty; Danny Glover, actor, activist and chairman of TransAfrica Forum; Alfre Woodard, actor, activist and co-founder of Artists for a Free South Africa; and Mike Farrell, actor and president of Death Penalty Focus, an anti-death penalty organization.
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Jan 12, 2005 — In a new book, Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun whose story was told in the film 'Dead Man Walking,' says a man was wrongly executed for a Louisiana woman's stabbing death.
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