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Was she guilty?

book cover Proof of guilt: Barbara Graham and the politics of executing women in America

The court of public opinion is a powerful source that can ultimately change individual perceptions and public policy. It may even change the outcome of a legal process when that process is played out  before standing-room-only crowds, journalists, filmmakers and opponents to capital punishment.  Kathleen A. Cairns new book Proof of guilt: Barbara Graham and the politics of executing women in America examines how procsecutors positioned Graham as a femme fatale while the media came to offer a counter narrative for Graham life.  Graham's case became critical in keeping capital punishment in the forefront of public consciousness.  This book brings to life the power of individual stories to shape wider perceptions and ultimately public policies. But while the question " Was she guilty?" is still debated the power of the media to shape our thoughts and perceptions is similarily a question open for debate.  Do you think your perceptions are highly influenced by the media?