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Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town Hardcover – September 26, 2005
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As a career prosecutor for over twenty years, I was appalled at the events that unfolded within the pages of this absorbing book. It is the role of a prosecutor to seek justice. It is not the role of a prosecutor to behave in the reprehensible and despicable fashion that Terry McEachern, the prosecutor in Tulia did. I only hope that he will eventually be disbarred, if he has not already been disbarred for his complicity in the travesty of justice that occurred in Tulia.
In 1999, about twenty percent of the adult Black population of Tulia found itself arrested. Pulled out of their homes in the wee hours of the morning in all stages of dishabille, all found themselves accused of selling cocaine to Tom Coleman, an undercover cop who would prove to be something other than what he seemed. His true colors, however, would not come to light publicly until after he was named Officer of the Year.
It would turn out that Coleman's only claim to fame was the fact that his father had been a member of that hardy breed of lauded officers known as the Texas Rangers. He was, evidently, nothing like his father, who was by all accounts a well-respected lawman. The only saving grace for his father is that he mercifully died before his son's infamy came to light. Of course, it should be noted that Tom Coleman was able to operate as he did, thanks to the Sheriff of Tulia, Larry Stewart, who supported Coleman until the bitter end. Sheriff Stewart was not worthy of the shield that he wore.Read more ›
There are a surfeit of bad guys here, but they all depended on the fraudulent handiwork of Tom Coleman, a scruffy character ("a bad cop from central casting") whose strongest merit was that his father had been a superb Texas Ranger. Coleman's evidence always consisted of his word against that of the suspects; he never had another cop witness his buys and he never had audio or video of them.Read more ›
The Drug War: We've fought this battle for a lot of years now. We've assisted in the shooting down and killing of American missionaries in South America. We've put an enormous number of people in prison. And as this book shows, some of them were clearly convicted with false evidence. Do we see any reduction in the amount of drugs being used? Hey guys, the drug war isn't working. Try something different.
Police Power: This book shows what corrupt law enforcement can do. Tell me again why we should give these people more power through the Patriot's Act.
Capital Punishment: If this kind of false testimony can get people prison sentences of up to 361 years, can you really say that this couldn't happen in a capital crime. And after you kill them, how do you go back to free them and provide restitution?
1. You don't want to live in Texas. Then again our little town has a similar scandal 25 or so years ago of a police force out of control.
2. The case was really broken open by an NAACP lawyer. Where would we turn if we needed such help.
3. This is the story of one town, one situation. How many others exist that we don't know about?
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I thought that the history of the area and the information on the actual drug bust were very interesting. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andrea Barnes
Excellent book about a tragic tale from Texas. There are some heroes and villains in this book and you will come away with great admiration for the heroes and contempt for the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cranky Greg
This is a story of America's huge but little-covered rural drug war. It's the story of one nation's criminal justice system, its biases, and the convolution that keeps most poor... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Wilson Lanue
this book will be used as a textbook for the fall semester 2014.clean copy with no markings. this book looks brand new!Published 20 months ago by Marae
As a Texan, it was disturbing. I also had a chance to meet Judge Chapman, and he confirmed the completeness and accuracy of the book.Published 21 months ago by Daaron Dwyer
A well-told tale of a horrendous miscarriage of justice and the attempt to set it right. Fascinating characters and keen insight into the culture that allowed it to happen.Published on December 6, 2013 by DYK
Somehow I missed this story when it evidently hit the national news a while back. Corruption running amok in a small east Texas town.Published on October 18, 2013 by Lee Runge