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Life (and death) is bigger in Texas

Book cover image: The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

They say everything is bigger in Texas and that also seems to apply to legal blunders. 

In The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution the faculty and students at Columbia Law School uncovered one of the biggest legal blunders - the conviction and execution of Carlos DeLuna, a poor hispanic man.  Faulty eyewitness testimony, shoddy legal representation and no corroborating forensic evidence were the cornerstones of the investigation, prosecution and conviction.  Carlos told them they had the wrong Carlos and he gave them the name Carlos Hernandez, the real  killer.  He was disregarded and the prosecution started calling Hernandes the Phantom Killer.

The Columbia Law School investigation found out that not only did the phantom Carlos exist he was well known to police for violent crimes and was almost the spitting image of DeLuna.  Even family members on both sides confused the pictures. 

This is a very gripping read and will most likely become a classic in criminology studies.

It is as good a book as you will ever read on the death penalty.

You may even change your point of view.