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Book Review: The Wrong Carlos - Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

By Tony Bornstein

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The Wrong Carlos
Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

By James S. Liebman and the Columbia DeLuna Project
Columbia University Press (2014) 


This is a sad, absorbing, and profoundly important tale of a wrongful conviction and execution. Everyone with an interest in criminal justice and every public official with responsibility in this realm should place it high on their reading list.

One night in Corpus Christi in 1983, police failed to heed calls from a convenience store clerk about a man wielding a knife. The man then viciously stabbed the clerk, Wanda Lopez, to death. From that point forward, official incompetence and indifference carried the day.

A chaotic manhunt ensued. Finding Carlos DeLuna hiding under a truck, police officers quickly concluded they caught their man. In a high pressure, one-person show up, with DeLuna in custody, an eyewitness identified him as the one he saw struggle with the clerk. “Before the identification, police telegraphed to the witn

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