Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment

An Indictment by A Death-row Survivor

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Billy Wayne Sinclair was only 21 when he heard the Louisiana judge pronounce these words: "I hereby sentence you to death in the electric chair." It was the culmination of a botched holdup committed the year before in which Billy had accidentally shot and killed a man. Billy spent the next 40 years in Angola Prison, one of the country's worst, six of those years on death row. When in 1972 the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty as arbitrary and capricious, Billy was re-sentenced to life without parole. Finally released in 2006, he now examines the death penalty in great detail, from ancient history--an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth--to the present. Informed by his own experience and his decades-long studies, this book offers important information about, and insights into, a subject that is as heated and controversial today as it ever was.--Publisher description.

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As the result of an accidental shooting in a convenience store robbery gone wrong, Billy Wayne Sinclair served 40 years in the Louisiana prison system, six years on death row, before he was released on parole in 2006. Now a senior paralegal, Sinclair and his wife, Jodie, have written what is both a history, an analysis of, and an indictment of the death penalty. The authors--occasionally in grisly detail-- describe the various methods of execution used in the United States, relevant court cases and background, and insights into what always has been and will continue to be an extraordinarily controversial issue. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The author describes the botched robbery that resulted in his forty-year prison sentence, the six years he spent on death row before the Supreme Court's 1972 ruling against the death penalty, and his observations about the death penalty throughout history.
The co-author of A Life in the Balance describes the botched robbery that resulted in his forty-year sentence in Angola Prison, the six years he spent on death row before the Supreme Court's 1972 ruling against the death penalty, and his observations about the death penalty throughout history.

Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by Hacette Book Group, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781559708999
1559708999
Branch Call Number: 364.66 Si62c
Characteristics: xvii, 246 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Sinclair, Jodie 1938-

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