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A Courageous Fool: Marie Deans and Her Struggle Against the Death Penalty

Todd C. Peppers with Margaret A. Anderson
Format
Book
Published
Nashville, Tennessee : Vanderbilt University Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
9780826521606, 0826521606, 9780826521613, 0826521614
Summary
"There have been many heroes and victims in the battle to abolish the death penalty, and Marie Deans fits into both of those categories. A South Carolina native who yearned to be a fiction writer, Marie was thrust by a combination of circumstances, including the murder of her beloved mother-in-law, into a world much stranger than fiction, a world in which minorities and the poor were selected to be sacrificed to what Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun called the "machinery of death." Marie found herself fighting to bring justice to the legal process and to bring humanity not only to prisoners on death row but to the guards and wardens as well. During Marie's time as a death penalty opponent in South Carolina and Virginia, she experienced the highs of helping exonerate the innocent and the lows of standing death watch in the death house with thirty-four condemned men."--
Contents
  • The murder of Penny Deans
  • The birth of an abolitionist
  • Marie and the men of the South Carolina death row
  • Transitions
  • The Virginia coalition for jails and prisons
  • Marie and Russ
  • Inside the vortex of evil
  • Standing watch in the death house
  • Marie and Joe
  • The fight to save Joe Giarratano
  • The death of the coalition
  • The final years alone.
Description
xv, 286 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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