By Margaret Edds
How is it attainable for an blameless guy to come back inside of 9 days of execution? An Expendable guy solutions that query via specified research of the case of Earl Washington Jr., a mentally retarded, black farm hand who used to be convicted of the 1983 rape and homicide of a 19-year-old mom of 3 in Culpeper, Virginia. He spent virtually 18 years in Virginia prisons—9 0.5 of them on demise row—for a homicide he didn't commit.This ebook finds the relative ease with which people who reside at society's margins should be wrongfully convicted, and the intense trouble of correcting this sort of fallacious as soon as it occurs.Washington was once ultimately freed in February 2001 now not as a result of the criminal and judicial platforms, yet regardless of them. whereas DNA checking out used to be vital to his eventual pardon, such assessments could by no means have happened with out an strangely gifted and dedicated criminal crew and with out a sequence of incidents which are most sensible defined as natural luck.Margaret Edds makes the chilling argument that another “expendable males” very likely were much less lucky than Washington. This, she writes, is “the mystery, shameful underbelly” of America's retention of capital punishment. Such wrongful executions would possibly not take place frequently, yet an individual who doubts that blameless humans were completed within the usa may still consider the outstanding sequence of occasions essential to retailer Earl Washington Jr. from any such destiny.
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She clicked on the bedroom light and, barefoot and without her robe, headed down the hall toward the front door. Almost there, Hazel realized that she was walking on broken glass. She turned back. In the bedroom, she located her tennis shoes and dirty socks from the previous day, put them on and turned back to survey the 27 28 ARREST damage. She was halfway down the hall when she realized that she was not alone. A man was standing just inside the living room archway. Hazel could not see him clearly.
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Mudd, who received a twelve-month suspended sentence for assault and battery, told an investigator that he was shooting at Earl Jr. in jest to make him run faster. An already-ﬁred bullet struck when his nephew unexpectedly doubled back, he said. According to hospital records, Earl Jr. was treated for multiple puncture wounds of the liver and a kidney and underwent an appendectomy. He 22 A PIEDMONT SON was found at the same time to be suffering from Ascaris, parasitic roundworms found in humans and pigs.