May God Have Mercy

May God Have Mercy

A True Story of Crime and Punishment

Book - 1998
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Random House, Inc.
In some states by law, in others by tradition, judges imposing a sentence of death complete the grim ritual with the words "May God have mercy on your soul."

In 1982, in Grundy, Virginia, a young miner named Roger Coleman was sentenced to death for the murder of his sister-in-law. Ten years later, the sentence was carried out, despite the extraordinary efforts of Kitty Behan, a brilliant and dedicated young lawyer who devoted two years of her life to gathering evidence of Coleman's innocence, evidence so compelling that media around the world came to question the verdict. The courts, ruling on technicalities, refused to hear the new evidence and witnesses. Finally, the governor of Virginia ordered a lie-detector test to be administered on the morning of Coleman's scheduled execution, and in a chair that to Coleman surely looked like nothing so much as an electric chair.

In John Tucker's telling, this story is an emotional and unforgettable roller-coaster ride from the awful night of the crime to the equally awful night of the execution. Perhaps it was not Roger Coleman whose soul was in need of God's mercy, but the judges, prosecutors, and politicians who procured his death.

Baker & Taylor
Records the extraordinary, ultimately unsuccessful, efforts of a young lawyer to prove that a Virginia man was not guilty of murdering his sister-in-law, in a case that tested the wisdom of the death penalty in the 1980s. Reprint.

Baker
& Taylor

Describes how Roger Coleman was convicted and executed for the killing of his sister-in-law, a case in which there is compelling evidence that an innocent man died for a crime that someone else committed

Publisher: New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 1998
ISBN: 9780385332941
0385332947
Characteristics: viii, 358 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm

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