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Book Review: End of Its Rope: How Killing the Death Penalty Can Revive Criminal Justice

By Jeffrey M. Gamso

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End of Its Rope: How Killing the Death Penalty Can Revive Criminal Justice

By Brandon L. Garrett
Harvard University Press (2017) 

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Henry McCollum and Leon Brown each confessed to the horrific rape murder of an 11-year-old girl. They immediately recanted, but confessions being what they are, the two were tried, found guilty, and sentenced to die. They spent some 30 years in prison before being exonerated when DNA testing not only showed them innocent but also revealed the actual rapist/murderer.

James Holmes shot up that movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killed 12 people and injured 70 others. The jury returned life sentences.

Brandon L. Garrett returns repeatedly to those stories in his new book, End of Its Rope: How Killing the Death Penalty Can Revive Criminal Justice. He uses those cases and others to illustrate his two central points: (1) the capital punishment system, and therefore the entire criminal justice system, is riddled with error, and (2) great lawyering backed by teams of in

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