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Book Review: Exonerated - A History of the Innocence Movement

By Robert M. Sanger

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A History of the Innocence Movement

By Robert J. Norris
NYU Press (2017)


Exonerated is a well-deserved accolade for the incredible and important work of Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, the Innocence Project and the Innocence Network. They collectively are the centerpiece of the book and deservedly so along with honorable mention to Jim McCloskey’s Centurion Ministries, Earl Stanley Gardner’s Court of Last Resort, Bedau and Radelet’s scholarship and the work of several others. Time magazine featured Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld in its February 2017 cover story “Innocence: The Fight Against Wrongful Convictions.” They are heroes of the capital defense and innocence communities and continue to be an amazing force in exposing wrongful convictions. And, of course, for readers of The Champion, Barry Scheck was NACDL President in 2004-05.

A “History of the Innocence Movement” is a large subject, but Robert Norris finds an authentic narrative — one that the p

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