America’s Death Row Inmates… They’re All Innocent
There’s an interesting book out called ‘Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America’.
I eyed it up at my local library then dragged it home for a read. The true story of a British businessman living in Florida who gets himself convicted of a double murder and is sentenced to death. Only… he’s innocent, according to the book’s author.
I have a little bit of a problem with the book’s author, yet still I read his book. I don’t suppose that makes much sense.
Anything to do with the American Justice System, particularly death penalty cases is of interest to me. A Brit on America’s death row is even more interesting. And a book about a Brit on death row that is apparently innocent is an unmissable read for me, so that’s why I took the book home.
But I knew who the author of it is, and I’ve got issues with the fella.
Don’t get me wrong – he’s well equipped to write books and articles on matters of law and justice, etc… he’s got as many law qualifications as I’ve got holed socks, if not more, and if so that’s a lot!
But it seems that according to our friend the author/lawyer, just about every person convicted of murder in the United States and sentenced to death is wrongly convicted – it’s his default position.
It was back in 1987 when he first developed the taste for slating the American Justice System to the world’s media. He has been quenching that thirst ever since!
His name, is Clive Stafford Smith. He’s British. He’s a Lawyer. And he is the director of Reprieve.
Almost three years ago (my first attempt at writing something) I wrote an article about a Brit on death row in Texas… Linda Carty. In it I had a bit of a dig at dear old Clive, because, naturally, according to him… the woman is innocent of any wrong doing and Texas is about to “get it wrong”, again.
Down in the comments section of that article there’s two particular comments that read very much like they came from the keyboard of… yes, I reckon HIS keyboard.