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December 2007 , Page 50 

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By Elizabeth Kelley, Lisa J. Steele

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Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself After Two Decades on Death Row For a Crime I Didn’t Commit

By Kerry Max Cook
William Morrow (2007)
Reviewed by Elizabeth Kelley

More than 200 wrongful convictions have been reversed due to the work of the Innocence Project. It is a legal clinic based at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law that works to secure the release of wrongfully convicted people. In addition to exonerations that have resulted from the work of the Innocence Project, hundreds of other inmates have been released throughout the country in recent years. Although the United States has the best legal system in the history of humanity, these exonerations show that the system still makes mistakes, notwithstanding its power to correct those mistakes. Indeed, for all that is good about our criminal justice system, we are still haunted and ashamed by stories like Kerry Max Cook’s. Part of the reason is that the words of writer Sir William Blackstone — “It is b

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