THE WRONG GUYS ~ Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four
Book review and technical detail THE WRONG GUYS ~ Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four Tom Wells , Richard A. Leo
|Technical detail of THE WRONG GUYS ~ Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four|
|Title||THE WRONG GUYS ~ Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four|
|author||Tom Wells , Richard A. Leo|
|Publisher||New Press, The|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
The arrest, balloon and confidence of four sailors accused in the 1997 abduction and annihilation of addition sailor’s boyish wife.Wells (The War Within, 1994, etc.) and Leo (Law/Univ. of San Francisco; Badge Interrogation and American Justice, 2008, etc.) spent six years afterward the case and eventually helped defended activating acknowledged representation to abetment the appeals of the Norfolk Four: Danial Williams, Joseph Dick, Derek Tice and Eric Wilson. They altercate that the men were accused on the flimsiest of affirmation and again afraid by badge interrogators into giving apocryphal confessions. (All four waived their Miranda rights during questioning.) The actuality that the suspects reaffirmed their accord in the barbarous abomination during consecutive analytic and cloister affairs doesn’t advice the authors’ argument, but the actuality is that no concrete affirmation affiliated them to the crime. Moreover, addition added acceptable suspect, whose DNA was the abandoned bout recovered from the scene, after accepted to killing 18-year-old Michelle Bosko alone. Readers may cramp at the diffuse badge interrogations abundant here, as able-bodied as the ever-changing accounts of the abomination provided by the assorted suspects. The authors’ absorbing analysis too generally bogs bottomward in arbiter legalese and alliterative abomination details, and their captivation in the case may absolutely accept hindered them from accouterment a added clear-eyed, absorbing narrative. Still, their affirmation that Norfolk, Va., detectives were added absorbed in allowance the case than in absolutely analytic it seems able-bodied founded. Indeed, analytic badly for a bout to the abandoned DNA sample begin at the abomination scene, the badge eventually answerable a absolute of seven suspects with the killing afore actuality affected to absolution three of them. Wilson, bedevilled abandoned of rape, was appear in 2005. Williams, Dick and Tice abide in bastille confined activity sentences. Whether it was answerability or naivete that put them there is for the clairvoyant to decide.Heavy activity at times, but nonetheless an abrupt allegation of a astigmatic criminal-justice system.
A compulsively readable true-crime tale, with a damning argument about the relationship between the death penalty and false confessions, based on an Innocence Project case."It's time for Virginia's governor to do something about the Norfolk Four....[This is] one of the most disturbing potential miscarriages of justice the commonwealth has seen in a long time."—The Washington Post, editorial, December 1, 2006On July 8, 1997, nineteen-year-old sailor Billy Bosko returned to his home in Norfolk, Virginia, from a naval cruise to find his wife on the floor of their bedroom, raped and stabbed to death.In this gripping story of justice gone awry, four innocent men separately confess to the heinous crime that none of them actually committed. Though the real perpetrator has since been convicted, three of the four remain in prison today, attesting to the powerful role confessions—even false ones—play in our criminal justice system, where they typically trump fact, reason, and common sense.Writer Tom Wells and law professor Richard Leo masterfully interweave a narrative covering the unfolding of the case with an exploration of topics ranging from coercive interrogation, police perjury ("testilying"), and prosecutorial politics to the role of the death penalty in criminal law.With a clemency campaign for the three wrongly imprisoned men still ongoing, this book presents an urgent call for justice and a convincing case for reform in the criminal justice system.
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