Mean Justice: A Town's Terror, a Prosecutor's Power, a Betrayal of Innocence

Edward Humes (Author)
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Description

Besieged by murder, rape, and the most vile conspiracies, the all-American town of Bakersfield, California, found its saviors in a band of bold and savvy prosecutors who stepped in to create one of the toughest anti-crime communities in the nation. There was only one problem: many of those who were arrested, tried, and imprisoned were innocent citizens.

In a work as taut and exciting as a suspense novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Edward Humes embarks on a chilling journey to the dark side of the justice system. He reveals the powerful true story of retired high-school principal Pat Dunn's battle to prove his innocence. And how Dunn, prosecuted for killing his wife to inherit her millions, was the victim of a case tainted by hidden witnesses, concealed evidence, and behind-the-scenes lobbying by powerful politicians.

Even more disturbing, Humes demonstrates how the mean justice dispensed in Bakersfield is part of a growing national trend in which innocence has become the unintended casualty of today's war on crime. American cities are enjoying their lowest crime rates in decades. But at what price? Mean Justice provides answers both compelling and frightening.

Product Details

Price
$28.99
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
June 16, 2012
Pages
496
Dimensions
6.14 X 1.0 X 9.21 inches | 1.52 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781476702674
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About the Author

An author and journalist, Edward Humes received the Pulitzer Prize for specialized reporting in 1989 for his coverage of the military. Since then, he has written a series of acclaimed and award-winning nonfiction books, including the bestselling Mississippi Mud, No Matter How Loud I Shout, Force of Nature, Garbology and Eco Barons. No Matter How Loud I Shout was named best research nonfiction book in 1996 by Pen Center USA, and Best Book that same year by the Investigative Reporters & Editors organization, while his Mean Justice was named a best book of 1999 by the Los Angeles Times. Humes is distinguished by his unique meld of immersion journalism and narrative storytelling.

Reviews

"Chicago Tribune" So thorough....So compelling....An important book.
"San Diego Union-Tribune" A wonderfully reported and written indictment of America's law-and-order mentality that in some places has gone berserk.
"Los Angeles Times" This is the same seamless, honest, and also lyrical writing that earned Humes a Pulitzer Prize.