Cook, Kerry Max, 1956-

Chasing justice : my story of freeing myself after two decades on death row for a crime I didn't commit / Kerry Max Cook. - 1st ed. - New York : William Morrow, c2007. - x, 342 p. ; 24 cm.

Prologue: 1977 -- My family -- Pretrial, 1977 and 1978 -- 1978 trial -- Welcome to death row -- Through the killing fields -- Men I could trust -- The more things stay the same: pretrial, 1992 -- The 1992 retrial -- Georgetown rematch, 1994 -- Purgatory -- A November to remember -- The choice -- Living life -- My travels.

"Chronicles how a smalltown murder became one of the worst cases of prosecutorial misconduct in American history, and sent the author, an innocent man, to hell for 22 harrowing years--Cook is one of the longest-tenured death-row prisoners to be freed. Convicted of killing a young woman in Texas, Cook was sentenced to death in 1978 and served two decades in a prison system so notoriously brutal and violent that in 1980 a federal court ruled that serving time in Texas's jails was "cruel and unusual punishment." When an advocate and a crusading lawyer joined his struggle in the 1990s, a series of retrials was forced. At last, in November 1996, Texas's highest appeals court threw out Cook's conviction, citing overwhelming evidence of police and prosecutorial misconduct. Finally in 1999 long-overlooked DNA evidence linked another man to the rape and murder for which Cook had been convicted.--From publisher description."--From source other than the Library of Congress

006057464X 9780060574642

2006049172

GBA711592 bnb

013671972 Uk


Cook, Kerry Max, 1956- --Trials, litigation, etc.


Trials (Rape)--Texas--Tyler.
Trials (Murder)--Texas--Tyler.
Judicial error--Texas.
Death row inmates--Texas--Biography.
Prosecutorial misconduct--Texas.

KF224.C66 / C66 2007

345.764/22502523