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Author Rachlin, Benjamin, author.

Title Ghost of the innocent man : a true story of trial and redemption / Benjamin Rachlin.

Edition First edition
Publication Info. New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  345.7302532 RAC    AVAILABLE
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Description xi, 387 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-376) and index.
Summary When the final gavel clapped in a rural southern courtroom in the summer of 1988, Willie J. Grimes, a gentle spirit with no record of violence, was shocked and devastated to be convicted of first-degree rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. Here is the story of this everyman and his extraordinary quarter-century-long journey to freedom, told in breathtaking and sympathetic detail, from the botched evidence and suspect testimony that led to his incarceration to the tireless efforts to prove his innocence and the identity of the true perpetrator. These were spearheaded by his relentless champion, Christine Mumma, a cofounder of North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission. That commission-unprecedented at its inception in 2006-remains a model organization unlike any other in the country, and one now responsible for a growing number of exonerations. With meticulous, prismatic research and pulse-quickening prose, Benjamin Rachlin presents one man's tragedy and triumph. The jarring and unsettling truth is that the story of Willie J. Grimes, for all its outrage, dignity, and grace, is not a unique travesty. But through the harrowing and suspenseful account of one life, told from the inside, we experience the full horror of wrongful conviction on a national scale. Ghost of the Innocent Man is both rare and essential, a masterwork of empathy. The book offers a profound reckoning not only with the shortcomings of our criminal justice system but also with its possibilities for redemption.
Subject Grimes, Willie J. -- Trials and litigation, etc.
Trials (Rape) -- North Carolina.
Rape investigation -- North Carolina.
Judicial error -- North Carolina.
False imprisonment -- North Carolina.
ISBN 9780316311496
0316311499
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