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The Supreme Court on trial : how the American justice system sacrifices innocent defendants / George C. Thomas III.

By: Thomas, George C. (George Conner), 1947-.
Contributor(s): ebrary, Inc.
Material type: TextTextSeries: ebrary.Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2008Description: x, 307 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780472116188 (cloth : alk. paper); 0472116185 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Judicial review -- United States | Judgments, Criminal -- United States | Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States | Due process of law -- United States | False imprisonment -- United States | Law and fact -- United StatesOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Innocence ignored -- The fundamental value of due process -- In the beginning: God, juries, and God again -- Truth from juries: William the Conqueror, Henry II, and the Catholic church -- Truth from juries: America before the twentieth century -- In God's name: is that the man? -- Truth from procedure: the Supreme Court tries a new tack -- Looking for truth in unexpected places -- The hitch-hiker's guide to protecting innocence.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Innocence ignored -- The fundamental value of due process -- In the beginning: God, juries, and God again -- Truth from juries: William the Conqueror, Henry II, and the Catholic church -- Truth from juries: America before the twentieth century -- In God's name: is that the man? -- Truth from procedure: the Supreme Court tries a new tack -- Looking for truth in unexpected places -- The hitch-hiker's guide to protecting innocence.

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CHOICE Review

Thomas (law, Rutgers Univ.) has written a compelling, readable, and important book that both details wide-ranging flaws within the US criminal justice system and offers intriguing remedies. Especially within state systems, Thomas argues, mistakes are often made and thus Americans should endure reasonable costs and revisions of policies and institutions to better protect the innocent. The book is peppered with current controversies (e.g., Innocence Project exonerations) and well-known historical dramas (e.g., the case of Leo Frank), making it accessible for the uninitiated. In addition, Thomas situates his vignettes within a sophisticated analytical framework that, for example, also attends to the roots of various contemplations of truth (and juries) in criminal law and procedure dating back to the Romans, moving through the Middle Ages and into the American Colonial era. To find such finesse with popular cultural events and academic literatures in one book is rare in itself, but Thomas's work is even more remarkable for its ability to corral this evidence in substantiating his critique of the Supreme Court's contribution to the undue emphasis on "procedures" of due process as opposed to determinations of "actual innocence." Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. K. Pinaire Lehigh University

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