Mean Justice

Mean Justice

A Town's Terror, A Prosecutor's Power, A Betrayal of Innocence

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Exposing the dark side of the American justice system, the author focuses on a California town where the battle against crime resulted in prosecutorial corruption, false accusations, and wrongful imprisonment. Reprint.

Blackwell North Amer
In Mean Justice, journalist Edward Humes embarks on a chilling journey to the dark side of the justice system - the powerful true story of one man's battle to prove his innocence. It is a story both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, for Humes shows how the individual injustice done to one man is part of a disturbing national trend, in which innocence becomes the unintended casualty of the war on crime, and the immense new powers of prosecutors - from Main Street to Wall Street to Pennsylvania Avenue - are dangerously unchecked.
Humes tells how retired high-school principal Pat Dunn was prosecuted for killing his wife to inherit her millions. Mean Justice reveals how Dunn's case was tainted by hidden witnesses, concealed evidence and behind-the-scenes lobbying by powerful politicians. More horrifying still, there were many such cases in this All-American town, where a well-meaning desire for public safety led to something dark and terrible and unjust. Finally, Humes asks whether the mean justice dispensed in Bakersfield, California, may be fast becoming the norm for the rest of the country, where, in our zeal for order, we are increasingly forgiving prosecutorial misconduct.

& Taylor

Relates how dozens of citizens in a California town were convicted of offenses they did not commit by politicians and police determined to beat crime at any cost

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1999
ISBN: 9780684831749
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 HUM
Characteristics: 491 p. ; 25 cm


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