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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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