Friday, March 16, 2007

Last Words from Death Row

Got an email from Norma Herrera last night. Hearing from her reminded me that I had meant to blog on her book, Last Words from Death Row, in which she recounts the story of her brother, Leo Herrera, who was executed despite profound doubts about his guilt.

Here's a description of the book:

In his final statement he said: "I am innocent, innocent, innocent. I am an
innocent man, and something very wrong is taking place tonight." Norma Herrera’s
book documents court events and press coverage. She recounts the tribulations
she and her family suffered as they worked to free Leonel Herrera from his fate.
If all the court proceedings, including the Supreme Court’s decision prior to
Leo’s execution represent the visible tip of the death penalty iceberg, LAST
exposes the enormous human tragedy that resides below the surface. Her questions drive a powerful wedge between the legal process in capital cases and the truth. Why do the guilty go unpunished? When is innocence
not enough to free a convicted man? Does Truth not prevail in the American
Justice system? Who pays? We all do. Who is next?

To order the book online, go here.

To see a great you tube video about Leo Herrera, go here.

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