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Bloodsworth: The True Story of One Man's Triumph over Injustice | Tim Junkin
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Fans of Serial and Making a Murderer, meet Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence. Charged with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Bloodsworth was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in Maryland's gas chamber. From the beginning, he proclaimed his innocence, but when he was granted a new trial because his prosecutors improperly withheld evidence, the second trial also resulted in conviction. Bloodsworth read every book on criminal law in the prison library and persuaded a new lawyer to petition for the then-innovative DNA testing. After nine years in one of the harshest prisons in America, Bloodsworth was vindicated by DNA evidence. Intense and hard-hitting, Bloodsworth is the story of a mans tireless fight against a justice system that failed him.
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Mehso-so

Pick for the story, so-so for the writing. This is an amazing story of a failure of the justice system, misuse of a psychological profile, and the tireless fight of an innocent man and his idealistic lawyer to clear his name. The writing is not super compelling and I thought it went too far into the weeds, especially when it came to the trial. The author describes Bloodsworth as a good speaker; it may have done better as a podcast or documentary.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Sick in bed, day 2. Ophelia appreciates it. Much as I wish I could be up and getting things done, I‘m glad to be starting this book in 2018; I‘d forgotten that it was the 2018 pick for One Maryland One Book! #catsoflitsy #onemarylandonebook #1MD1bk

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Cadams521
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“There is a strain of hubris that affects certain people in power, people with authority. It can be slow to develop, like a dormant infection. If not guarded against, it can breed an unhealthy arrogance, a cocksureness that their judgements are beyond fallacy. Such self-righteousness allows them to close their minds to new possibilities. It can cause right-thinking people to do terrible things. The devil has a long tail.”

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MyNamesParadise
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Pickpick

So honored to work at #MarylandHumanities & work on the #1MD1BK program & Author Tour this year. While a bad cold & a sinus infection kept me from attending all tour stops, I‘m so glad the messages from this book and the emotional impact of Kirk‘s story were known throughout the state. This book reads like fiction and it‘s scary because it‘s true & this happens and still happens! Most people have so much to learn about our criminal justice system!

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Cortg
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This is our One Maryland One Book choice for 2018 chosen by Maryland Humanities. A true crime book that takes place in Maryland. The story of Kurt Bloodsworth wrongly accused of murdering a 9year old. He was the first American to be exonerated by DNA. I‘m hoping to catch the author in a couple weeks at one of our local libraries ❤️

Samplergal Omg. I remember that case so well. I must read this one. Thanks for posting it. 12mo
Cortg @Samplergal Yes, I‘m sure you will enjoy the book! I realized I was born the same year as the girl and was living in MA at the time, so the story was new to me. 12mo
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