Friday, July 18, 2008

The Innocent Man - Closure

I finally completed reading the book. It was like reading a history book. It can get boring with the details on the actual facts. But Grisham did a good job in balancing the facts and the creativity. You would not relise the dividing line. It was a justice done to all Grisham's efforts in coming up with the book. Not less than 18 months of them.

It was indeed surprising how the two guys here were sent to the death row without having anything to do with the crime. Even seasoned lawyer like Grisham was shocked with his discoveries while researching for the book. I can't help but admire those people who fought hard to ensure that justice was finally accorded to the two guys. In fact there have been many similar cases of the Innocents were convicted wrongly. Some we freed while others were not so lucky.

It was a reflection of the justice system no matter where it is on this earth. As Grisham stated in the Author's note, "Wrongful convictions occur every month....and the reasons are all varied and all the same - bad police work, junk science, faulty eyewitness identifications, bad defense lawyers, lazy prosecutors, arrogant prosecutors". In the case of Ron Williamson, the price he had to pay for twelve years of wasted life was very heavy. He suffered and never really recovered. He finally succumb to cancer five years after getting his freedom from the death row. It was rather facinating in spite of his deeds he was full of regrets for the hardship he caused others especially his parents and family. As if his sufferings were to wash and cleanse his soul for the ultimate journey. He was a real example for those entrusted with responsibility to discharge it in the most fair and accountable manner. Nobody should purposely cause the misery unto others.

As a learning process, I highly recommend the book!

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