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Proximity to death

Author: William S McFeely
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On a misty September morning in rural Georgia, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian found himself cast in a role that he had never imagined: an expert witness in the sentencing hearing of a convicted kidnapper, rapist and murderer. He had no idea that his brief testimony that day would take him deeply into the criminal justice system, to many other courthouses where unequal struggles take place between those who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William S McFeely
ISBN: 0393048195 9780393048193 0393321045 9780393321043
OCLC Number: 41315554
Description: 206 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: A Georgia Courthouse --
The Grand Dragon --
Athens --
83 Poplar Street --
Birmingham, Alabama --
Death in Columbus --
The Underground Railroad --
William Brooks --
Phillips State Prison --
Morgan County Courthouse --
"Just Plain Mean" --
Jimmy Autry State Prison --
Across Georgia.
Responsibility: William S. McFeely.

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In this work, William McFeely tells of his encounters with lawyers battling to end lives and to save them, jurors caught in between, and convicts whose lives were at stake.  Read more...

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