- File Size: 469 KB
- Print Length: 61 pages
- Publisher: Townsend Books (September 22, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 22, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005P0357A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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DEAD RECKONING: Executions in America Kindle Edition
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INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE BEING PUT DOWN LIKE DOGS. People who have been found guilty to crimes they have not done BY EYEWITNESS reports only. Eyewitness evidence is the worst kind of evidence possible. I was once accused of a crime I supposedly committed. THREE eyewitnesses pointed me out. The only problem is that I was in Toronto, Ontario at the time, not in Texas where I supposedly committed the crime.
Can you imagine how I felt when police tried to arrest me? A quick call to my employer and my showing them my airline and hotel receipts for the date that I was supposedly in Texas proved to the police that I wasn't the "perp." The eyewitnesses objected even when they were shown the evidence. The criminal who DID the job was arrested three days later. HE (I am a she) was 5'9" (I'm 5'4") he was blonde, I'm not.
So figure it out: The eyewitnesses were idiots! But how many idiots have sent people to their undeserved deaths? Here in Texas dozens of men have been released from death row when DNA evidence proved that their convictions were wrong, but how does the state repay for years and years of wrongful incarceration? Nothing can replace their lost years. But it is better than being put down like an animal.
Still, it's a good, if very brief history of executions in the US. Just be aware that long stretches of quotes mean that the guts of the book don't amount to much more than a long article.
Mitchell is clearly unashamedly anti the death penalty, but even so, gives a fairly well-rounded case. He doesn't try to hide his antipathy, but does not indiscriminately demonise capital punishment's proponents. He also doesn't resort simply to emotional reasoning, but points out the actual weaknesses, such as the lack of a deterrent value, the irreversibility of the punishment, and the discrepancy in the numbers of white vs minority offenders who are put on death row.
I've never been comfortable with capital punishment, and I'm quite happy to live in a country that doesn't use it, but I feel much more informed about the good and bad points now, and feel there is both good food for thought and for reasoned discussion of the issues here.
At the end of the book there are also several short articles by the author and one by actor Alec Baldwin that are more personal and give some real depth and emotion to the debate.
On the whole, I don't think this one slender book is likely to convert any die-hard death-penalty advocates, but I would think anyone with a heart and a brain will at least be made to think.
The only negative point really is that this reads like an MS which has never been proofread. The errors are common enough that I was annoyed, though not enough to stop me reading. Many are obvious typos, but overall it gives a rather sloppy feel, and given the seriousness of the topic, and the wealth of information and insight on offer, that seems to me to be an enormous shame.