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Author Balko, Radley, author.

Title The cadaver king and the country dentist : a true story of injustice in the American South / Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington ; foreword by John Grisham.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : PublicAffairs, 2018.
Location Call No. Status
 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  614.109762 BAL    AVAILABLE
 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  614.109762 BAL    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  614.109762 BAL    AVAILABLE
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Description xxii, 391 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-391).
Summary After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks. Together they spent a combined thirty years in prison before finally being exonerated in 2008. Meanwhile, the real killer remained free. The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist chronicles how the courts and Mississippi's death investigation system--a relic of the Jim Crow era--failed to deliver justice for its citizens and recounts the horrifying story of the two men who built successful careers on the back of this system. For nearly two decades, medical examiner Dr. Steven Hayne performed the vast majority of Mississippi's autopsies, while his friend Dr. Michael West, a local dentist, pitched himself as a forensic jack-of-all-trades. Together they became the go-to experts for prosecutors and helped put countless Mississippians in prison. But then some of those convictions began to fall apart. Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington argue that bad forensics, structural racism, and institutional failures are at fault, and raise sobering questions about our criminal justice system's ability to address them.
Subject Hayne, Steven (Forensic pathologist)
West, Michael (Dentist)
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Mississippi.
Judicial error -- Mississippi.
Brooks, Levon, 1959- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Brewer, Kennedy -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Trials (Rape) -- Mississippi.
Trials (Murder) -- Mississippi.
Added Author Carrington, Tucker (W. Tucker), author.
ISBN 9781610396912 (hardcover)
161039691X (hardcover)
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