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Justice Failed: How “Legal Ethics” Kept Me in Prison for 26 Years Hardcover – October 10, 2017
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An Official Junior Library Guild Selection, Adult Crossover Nonfiction
"A shocking tale of wrongful conviction . . . that brings general conditions into cruelly sharp focus." ―Kirkus Reviews
"In simple, unadorned prose, Logan tells his story of the gravely flawed justice system that imprisoned him, an innocent man, for nearly three decades . . . A powerful argument that will appeal to readers of Michael Morton’s Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace." ―Library Journal
"The story of the wrongful conviction of Alton Logan in Chicago stands out as perhaps one of the most unusual and cruel stories in the history of American jurisprudence. Convicted of a 1982 murder and sentenced to life in prison, Logan was not only innocent, but lawyers for the real killer knew it all along and, citing legal ethics, kept it a secret for more than a quarter of a century before revealing the evidence that set Logan free." ―Maurice Possley, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Brown’s Chicken Massacre and Everybody Pays
"This remarkable first-person story, told by an innocent man who lost twenty-six years of his life for a crime he did not commit, not only presents the dilemma that criminal defense attorneys face when their client confesses to them, but also recounts how a serial police torturer named Jon Burge framed him, and a racist ‘justice’ system sealed his fate." ―G. Flint Taylor, longtime attorney at the People’s Law Office in Chicago, who has represented numerous wrongfully convicted victims of Chicago police torture
"This is a superb book about a tragedy in which legal ethics stood perversely in the way of justice, costing an innocent man more than a quarter century of his life." ―Rob Warden, codirector of Injustice Watch, Inc., and executive director emeritus of the Center on Wrongful Conviction, Northwestern University School of Law
About the Author
ALTON LOGAN served 26 years of a life sentence in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was formally declared innocent on April 17, 2009. Alton currently lives with his wife, Terry, in Chicago.
BERL FALBAUM’s career includes ten years as a political reporter for The Detroit News, four years in state politics as administrative aide to Michigan’s lieutenant governor, and fifteen years in corporate public relations. He also taught journalism part-time at Wayne State University in Detroit for 45 years. He is the author of eight books, including Shanghai Remembered, the story of how 20,000 Jews escaped to Shanghai from Nazi Europe during World War II, which received an award from the Independent Publishers Association.
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It wouldn’t hurt if all police recruits, DAs, etc also had to read it.
His two attorneys also had the real murderer as their client. The real murdered told them that Alton Logan was innocent. He even signed an affidavit stating the same and to be revealed at his death. Because of attorney client privilege, neither attorney made the information public until after the murdered had died. The first section of the book discusses that rule and why it is immoral. The aim of justice as per John Adams who became the second president, it is better to have many guilty to go free than to cause an innocent person to be put to death or imprisoned. So, this needs to be fixed and the authors have proposed solutions in the back of the book. Not only was that very important information withheld but so was the testimony of some witnesses who said that Mr. Logan was not the McDonald, the information about the gun and the fact that Mr. Logan never possessed a gun. To make it a perfect storm, his case at times involve prosecutors driven by ambition, mistreatment of his brother when he was arrested and the lack of a good investigation.
Since Alton Logan dropped out of school he was unable to find a job. Later while in prison, he earned his GED and took some vocational education courses. But after he was released he still was unable to find work. That gap of 26 years on his resume was death of his job search. He is now getting help for his unemployment and other problems. But I think that much more help is needed. I would what the current program for high school drop outs and people are who have a prior record. So, this book brings up quite a few questions.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the Publisher as a win from FirstReads but that in no way made a difference in my thoughts or feelings in this review