When David Dow took his first capital case, he supported the death penalty He changed his position as the men on death row became real people to him, and as he came to witness the profound injustices they endured from coerced confessions to disconcertingly incompetent lawyers from racist juries and backward judges to a highly arbitrary death penalty system.It is these cWhen David Dow took his first capital case, he supported the death penalty He changed his position as the men on death row became real people to him, and as he came to witness the profound injustices they endured from coerced confessions to disconcertingly incompetent lawyers from racist juries and backward judges to a highly arbitrary death penalty system.It is these concrete accounts of the people Dow has known and represented that prove the death penalty is consistently unjust, and it s precisely this fundamental and lethal injustice, Dow argues, that should compel us to abandon the system altogether.
Executed on a Technicality Lethal Injustice on America s Death Row When David Dow took his first capital case he supported the death penalty He changed his position as the men on death row became real people to him and as he came to witness the profound injustices
Phenomenal book that delves into a complex topic David Dow does an outstanding job of addressing the wide array of viewpoints and issues surrounding America s death penalty He offers a knowledgeable and honest opinion on the death penalty, and includes some repulsive facts and statistics that will rock you to your core It isn t an easy read emotionally , but is fairly quick literally as it caps at a little over 230 pages This is a book everyone should have to make time to read, if only to begin [...]
David Dow refocuses the issue of the injustice of the death penalty, not on whether innocent people are being put to death, but on how people are being denied justice in the path to their own executions He is fairly ruthless in his views of supreme court decisions He uses anecdotes of several of his own death row inmate clients and discusses legal precedents affecting rulings on petitions filed on their behalves The legal writing is fairly accessible to the layperson Dow shows himself not only t [...]
The author, David Dow, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center and founder of the Texas Innocence Network, has penned a excellent argument of how America s death penalty should be nonexistent He s a former death row attorney who worked in the system for 15 years He highlights a few cases, and although I m not an expert at the process of law, I felt like I had a much better grip on what it takes to execute someone The book is well written and concise, without being preachy He points o [...]
A persuasive argument against the death penalty, with details that will and should horrify people It includes details about the actual legal processes and precedents involved than the other book by him that I read, The Autobiography of an Execution I d give this one five stars but for the fact that it s very repetitive the same facts get mentioned in several different chapters I think perhaps a lot of what s in this book came out of articles Dow wrote previously, which would explain the repetit [...]
The author of this book teaches law at the University of Houston He also works for a nonprofit organization that defends death row inmates He describes several cases in which he defended a inmate facing execution He follows the process of appeals in both state and federal courts He describes the way the court system, especially the Supreme Court, have changed the process of appeals and made it harder for the condemned to appeal their cases successfully The Supreme Court in particular has made th [...]
David R Dow sExecuted on a Technicality Lethal Injustice on America s Death Rowis an interesting, well constructed, and infuriating account of the series of incompetent lawyers, ridiculous laws, and society s routine dismissal of prisoners that makes up the American death penalty system Dow, a death row attorney himself, recounts several cases he has worked on with clarity and lots of explanation He manages to mostly avoid digressing into the morals of capital punishment, and instead presents a [...]
I first heard of David Dow on NPR radio He was giving an interview discussing this Book I was so intrigued that I spent 20 minutes in my car after I got home listening To him I went inside immediately and bought it and one other by him I am about halfwayThrough it It has been slow reading for me I am a lay person and am not familiar withThe legal terminology He does an excellent job defining terms andExplaining laws I find this book informative and very enlightening I am right wing Conservative [...]
This book gives 13 reasons why the death penalty should be abolished Anyone who is curious about Texas cruel death penalty system should read on.
Excellent look at the death penalty Inside specific cases where the law did not work Very hard to read.