I just finished John Grisham’s The Innocent Man. I have a stack of books people have sent me, but I bought this one in hardcover.
As I read, the book made me think of a young man here in Florida. He was convicted of felony murder years ago. Although he played no direct role in the crime, he received a life sentence. I blogged about the case for over a year on a site that is no longer public.
Grisham tells the story of a man from Oklahoma, Ron Williamson. Williamson was a promising baseball player whose dream died because of drink, drugs and lack of discipline. He suffered from mental illness, and was railroaded by a prosecutor who had no real evidence but managed to create a case anyway.
The book gets a bit tedious in places, but overall it’s a good read. Grisham’s narrative reflects some of the same conclusions I came to as I blogged about the Florida case.
Our criminal justice system needs a complete overhaul. Those with money have a good chance of escaping punishment.
Those who don’t have money end up with public defenders and harsh sentences.
In my opinion, there’s a lot of law but very little justice.