Wednesday, February 28, 2007

New book, hot topic

I had a comment to yesterdays post. I know it was a sales pitch from an author, but when I publish my first book I will do the same thing. I went to the blog and found the topic so intriguing and appropriate for our time I wanted to give a shout out to book and author. Dennis Fritz has written a book on our criminal justice system and the problem of unjust imprisonment and death of innocent defendants. I have NOT read the book, but I have added it to my reading list for 2007.
If the author would send me a review copy, i will read it sooner and put my thoughts and impressions here at Woodshavings. Somebody read the book or give me your impressioms before I spend $20.00 to read "Journey Towards Justice".


  1. If you want first hand information on this topic, I can put you in touch with my old Child Support Boss. Her son went to New Orleans to work with an attorney who moved over here from Britian just to work on this same type of problem. Seems in New Orleans, there is a higher than "normal" number of black males, poverty level males, and even low IQ males being sentenced to the death sentence. Her son got so involved, he decided to go to law school as well.

  2. I am interested in the topic, but with a broader view. How is the USAmerican Church dealing with social justice? How do we respond to things such as the death penalty? How does community influence health care, food supply, personal relationships?

  3. First Thank you for your shout out. If you read my blog you will understand how the book affected me and the reason for me to start a blog. I am a 62 year old Grandmother and Blessed with a Wonderful Family. I help raise my 2 Grandsons and started this Blog to bring awareness about our criminal justice system and the problem of unjust imprisonment and death of innocent defendants. I make no money on this. But if I save one life all this work I do will be worth my mission. I met Dennis Fritz at a Book Signing and he is an extraordinary man with Great Faith. As I read his book I felt his pain and suffering to free himself of a crime of rape and murder he did not commit. He lost 12 years of being with his daughter and mother. So, yes I wish him luck with his book and promote it. But most of all I would not like to see this happen to another living soul. Send me a private email and I will try to send you a copy to read and review.
    May the Lord Bless you as you seek His will for your life. Barbara

  4. Thought you may be interested in this story.John Grisham and Dennis Fritz Join Forces...
    I also added you to my blogroll awhile back. I was wondering if you can add me to your blogcase also. Thanks.
    John Grisham and Dennis Fritz Unite On A Journey Toward Justice
    John Grisham, author of "The Innocent Man", published by "Doubleday Random House" and Dennis Fritz author of "Journey Toward Justice", published by "Seven Locks Press" Santa Ana, CA have a long term commitment to making appearances related to "the innocence movement" nationwide.
    Grisham's first nonfiction book, "The Innocent Man" is a bestseller on Amazon worldwide. Dennis Fritz has his first book "Journey Toward Justice" on Amazon and is a bestseller worldwide.

    The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, is a chronicle of the Oklahoma case that resulted in the wrongful conviction of former minor-league baseball player Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. Once asked whether his book is a kind of social activism, he says: "When I researched and wrote the book, it was impossible not to become indignant and infuriated. And that becomes an activism in itself."

    Journey Toward Justice: Dennis Fritz tells his side of the story of his unwarranted prosecution and wrongful conviction, that changed his life and a small community forever. Dennis Fritz was tried and convicted on non-existent evidence, the false testimony of jailhouse snitches, faulty forensics work and suppressed evidence.

    Together and Separately they attend many fundraising events and appear on Television and Radio Talk Shows.

    May 22 both John Grisham and Dennis Fritz will be on Dateline.

    Grisham spoke Thursday May 10th at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, In Kansas City for an Innocence Project fundraiser. The Innocence Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing legal aid to prisoners "with persuasive actual innocence claims" in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska,Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Sponsors were the Midwestern Innocence Project, the McKellar Group and Rainy Day Books.

    Grisham discussed his recent nonfiction book, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town.This chronicled the Oklahoma case that resulted in the wrongful convictions of former minor-league baseball player Ron Williamson who was sentenced to die. Ron died of cirrhosis in December 2004, five years after being freed.

    Thursday in an interview with The Kansas City Star, author John Grisham said the death penalty in the United States should be "abolished forever". He also said it is his personal view that the death penalty is immoral. Grisham realizes that the most powerful argument against the death penalty is that it kills the innocent as well as the guilty, a case that he makes simply by telling Williamson and Fritz's story. He also discussed Ron Williamson's friend Dennis Fritz. Dennis Fritz got life in prison. Both were exonerated after spending years in prison.

    Dennis Fritz also works with the Innocence Project in Kansas City, Missouri. He makes appearances related to "the innocence movement" nationwide.

    He is using a book he recently published, "Journey Toward Justice", as a vehicle to bring awareness of the overall, devastating effects of how false convictions can destroy people's lives and how mistakes can be made in cases.
    He travels the United States speaking to law schools and also hopes to reach prosecutors and judges.

    Here is what Barry Scheck from The Innocence Project says about Dennis Fritz's book Journey Toward Justice:
    There have been one hundred eighty-one post-conviction DNA exonerations in America. The exonerated and their families are the heart and soul of this movement. There is no more decent and dignified a man, nor a more gentle soul, than Dennis Fritz. He has had the fortitude to tell his whole story. As always, I am in awe of his courage and humbled by his efforts.- Barry C. Scheck The Innocence Project.