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Author McFeely, William S.

Title Proximity to death / William S. McFeely.

Published New York ; London : Norton, [2000]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  345.7580773 MCFE GA01    AVAILABLE
Physical description 206 pages ; 22 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. A Georgia Courthouse 17 -- 2. Grand Dragon 24 -- 3. Athens 41 -- 4. 83 Poplar Street 56 -- 5. Birmingham, Alabama 73 -- 6. Death in Columbus 84 -- 7. Underground Railroad 102 -- 8. William Brooks 109 -- 9. Phillips State Prison 125 -- 10. Morgan County Courthouse 143 -- 11. "Just Plain Mean" 162 -- 12. Jimmy Autry State Prison 176 -- 13. Across Georgia 183.
Summary "On a misty September morning in rural Georgia, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian found himself cast in a role that he had never imagined: an expert witness in the sentencing hearing of a convicted kidnapper, rapist and murderer. He had no idea that his brief testimony that day would take him deeply into the criminal justice system, to many other courthouses where unequal struggles take place between those who would condemn prisoners to death and those fighting to overturn the Biblical injunction of an eye for an eye. Before the end of William McFeely's journey out of history into the reality of the death penalty, he would encounter lawyers battling to end lives and to save them, jurors caught in between, and convicts on the verge of becoming dead men walking."--BOOK JACKET.
"At the heart of this vivid account is a remarkable group of lawyers in Atlanta led by a charismatic Kentuckian named Stephen Bright. Dedication does not begin to describe the personal sacrifice demanded by their efforts to erect legal barriers between their clients and the state's instruments of death."--BOOK JACKET. "Before his journey ends, McFeely will have done more than witnessed trials and experienced the desolation of a high-security prison. He will have met Carzell Moore, Kenny Smith, William Brooks, Tony Amadeo - convicts who have lived on death row. Proximity to Death compels the reader to look at capital punishment in an uncompromisingly intimate way - through the actions and decisions of those with no time left for arid debate."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Trials (Murder) -- Georgia.
Capital punishment -- Georgia -- History.
ISBN 0393048195 No price