Smoke but No Fire : Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened / Jessica S. Henry.
- Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 
1 online resource (264 pages)
- False imprisonment -- United States.
Judicial error -- United States.
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- conviction. (search)
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- In English.
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- Rodricus Crawford was convicted and sentenced to die for the murder by suffocation of his beautiful baby boy. After years on death row, evidence confirmed what Crawford had claimed all along: he was innocent, and his son had died from an undiagnosed illness. Crawford is not alone. A full one-third of all known exonerations stem from no-crime wrongful convictions. The first book to explore this common but previously undocumented type of wrongful conviction, Smoke but No Fire tells the heartbreaking stories of innocent people convicted of crimes that simply never happened. A suicide is mislabeled a homicide. An accidental fire is mislabeled an arson. Corrupt police plant drugs on an innocent suspect. A false allegation of assault is invented to resolve a custody dispute. With this book, former New York City public defender Jessica S. Henry sheds essential light on a deeply flawed criminal justice system that allows-even encourages-these convictions to regularly occur. Smoke but No Fire promises to be eye-opening reading for legal professionals, students, activists, and the general public alike as it grapples with the chilling reality that far too many innocent people spend real years behind bars for fictional crimes.
Introduction: Phantom Crimes
One. Forensic Error
Two. False Accusations: When Lies Become Courtroom Truths
Three. Police: Crossing the "Thin Blue Line"
Four. Prosecutors: Winning, at All Costs
Five. Defense Lawyers: Drowning in Cases
Six. Judges: Tilting the Scales of Justice
Seven. Misdemeanors: Not Minor Matters
Conclusion: Clearing the Smoke
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 15. Sep 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1525/9780520971943 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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