LEGAL LYNCHING: RACISM, INJUSTICE AND THE DEATH PENALTY

Jackson, Rev. Jesse with Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Published by New York: Marlowe & Company, (1996.) dj
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. An indictment of the two systems of justice in the US - one for the rich, the other for the poor. A passionate argument against the death penalty, this includes a history of state-sponsored executions, and true-life stories of those condemned to die who were later found to be innocent, and more. INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in in the year of publication. Appendix. Sources. Index. 224 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The African-American activist argues the case against the death penalty, examining its recent history and revealing how it disproportionately affects blacks and sometimes leads to the killing of innocent defendants. 50,000 first printing. IP.

Review: Few leaders in American public life can speak with the moral authority of Jesse Jackson. Regardless of what you think of his politics or rhetorical style, Jackson can take debate to places where most public leaders dare not tread. In Legal Lynching, Jackson bravely takes aim at capital punishment. The argument he makes is not all bluster and bravado or simple preaching to the choir. Jackson recites the specifics of cases in which innocent men were sentenced to death--and even executed. He does not deny the popularity of the punishment, rather the purpose of his argument is to make it less popular. The racial injustice of sentencing and the application of capital punishment come in for particular attention, as Jackson sketches the moral case for reforming the American criminal justice system to conform with what he sees as morally sound notions of justice and human rights.

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Publisher: New York: Marlowe & Company, (1996.) dj

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