The Guardians

The Guardians

Book - 2019 | First edition
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In a small Florida town, a young lawyer is shot to death. A young black man, a former client, named Quincy Miller is charged and convicted. For 22 years, Miller maintains his innocence from inside prison. Finally, Guardian Ministries takes on Miller's case, but the Episcopal minister in charge gets more than he bargained for as powerful people do not want Miller exonerated.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385544184
0385544189
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 25 cm

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orange_otter_169
Nov 22, 2020

An incredibly fascinating story. Entirely, completely thorough but not too slow at all.

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NedSu
Oct 31, 2020

This is one of Grisham's didactic projects, telling us all about the workings of an Innocence Project. It details the pitfalls and triumphs of getting innocent prisoners out of jail. Grisham uses the first person point of view well to good effect, so we care about the protagonist, but the phlegmatic tone of the narrator does filter out a lot of passion. Credit goes to Grisham for making this an enjoyable read while learning about a subset of the legal profession and by extension, a real problem with the legal system.

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tiggy_3
Oct 13, 2020

One of his best book!! John Grisham is truly one great author. What a touching story!!

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DKGordon93
Oct 10, 2020

A classic Grisham novel - well written, captivating and hard-to-put-down. Use of the first-person was at first a deterrent for me, but I warmed before the 5th chapter and was hooked - regardless - by the 2nd.

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0007548100dmw
Aug 07, 2020

Another great book from one of my favorite authors. Very good story line, great character development and difficult to put down. Most enjoyable.

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Vincent2017
Jul 29, 2020

Great book. One of Grisham's best. Couldn't put it down.

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21221018293347
Jul 28, 2020

This is a very slow moving Grisham novel, flat characters, plodding storyline. His last few books have been very low quality and great disappointments. Go back to someof his first books which had depth, character development, action, twists and turns, suspense, high interest books that moved quickly. This feels nothing like the Grisham novels of the past.

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AnnSkye
Jul 17, 2020

A great read. I really enjoyed it.

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Eil_1
Jul 15, 2020

An excellent picture of the Justice system as seen in the U.S. So many tragic outcomes for those who are not part of the controlling elite. Incidentally, we have just seen this from the President who was able to free his pal Stone. No more need be said.

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axeman
May 15, 2020

The perfect fix for whatever ails you.

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Nov 26, 2019

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He’s been on death row for only nine years. The average in this state is fifteen. Twenty is not unusual. There is an appeal bouncing around somewhere in the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, and when it lands on the desk of the right law clerk within the hour this execution will be stayed. Duke will return to the horrors of solitary confinement and live to die another day.
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I place my briefcase and cell phone, same as before. “Watch and belt?” I ask like a real smart-ass.
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Duke is thirty-eight and white, and before getting arrested for rape and murder his criminal record consisted of two DUIs and a bunch of speeding tickets. No violence whatsoever.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

His name is Mark Carter. White male, age thirty-three, lives in a small rental house in the town of Bayliss, ten miles from Verona. In my files I have photos of his house and truck and current live-in girlfriend. Eleven years ago, Carter raped and murdered Emily Broone, and now all I have to do is prove it.
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Bite mark and hair analysis have been discredited in most advanced jurisdictions. Both belong to that pathetic and ever-shifting field of knowledge derisively known among defense and innocence lawyers as junk science.” God only knows how many innocent people are serving long sentences because of unqualified experts and their unfounded theories of guilt.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

His name is Mark Carter. White male, age thirty-three, lives in a small rental house in the town of Bayliss, ten miles from Verona. In my files I have photos of his house and truck and current live-in girlfriend. Eleven years ago, Carter raped and murdered Emily Broone, and now all I have to do is prove it.
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Bite mark and hair analysis have been discredited in most advanced jurisdictions. Both belong to that pathetic and ever-shifting field of knowledge derisively known among defense and innocence lawyers as junk science.” God only knows how many innocent people are serving long sentences because of unqualified experts and their unfounded theories of guilt.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

Duke Russell was convicted in a backwater redneck town where half the jurors struggle to read and all were easily misled by two pompous and bogus experts put on the stand by Chad Falwright. The first was a retired small-town dentist from Wyoming, and how he found his way to Verona, Alabama, is another story. With grave authority, a nice suit, and an impressive vocabulary, he testified that three nicks on the arms of Emily Broone were inflicted by Duke’s teeth. This clown makes a living testifying across the country, always for the prosecution and always for nice fees, and in his twisted mind a rape is not violent enough unless the rapist somehow manages to bite the victim hard enough to leave imprints.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

Her name is Vicki Gourley and she works in our little foundation’s office in the old section of Savannah. She founded Guardian Ministries twelve years ago with her own money. Vicki is a devout Christian who considers her work to be derived straight from the Gospels. Jesus said to remember the prisoners. She doesn’t spend much time hanging around jails but she works fifteen hours a day trying to free the innocent. Years ago she was on a jury that convicted a young man of murder and sentenced him to die. Two years later the bad conviction was exposed. The prosecutor had concealed exculpatory evidence and solicited perjured testimony from a jailhouse snitch. The police had planted evidence and lied to the jury. When the real killer was identified by DNA, Vicki sold her flooring business to her nephews, took the money and started Guardian Ministries.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

In the past ten years I’ve roamed virtually every highway throughout the Death Belt, from North Carolina to Texas.
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He may have been only fifteen years old, but he was a tough kid who had seen it all. Battle-hardened in the ways of gangs, drugs, and violence. He hated me and everyone else with white skin.
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As a criminal defense lawyer, I was already sick of the question “ How can you represent a person you know to be guilty? ” I had always offered the standard law school response of,” Well, everyone has the right to a proper defense. The Constitution says so. ” But I no longer believed that. The truth is that there are some crimes that are so heinous and cruel that the killer should either be ( 1 ) put to death, if one believes in the death penalty, or ( 2 ) put away for life, if one does not believe in the death penalty .

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

Exonerating Quincy Miller is our goal. Finding the real killer is not a priority.
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Nothing against white folks, Post, but there are a lot of differences, you know? I listen to Motown, he likes that country crap. My bunk is neat as a pin. He’s a slob. I don’t touch drugs. He’s stoned half the time.
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He had dropped out of college and did not have the time to pursue a degree in criminology or anything related to actual science, so he attended seminars and workshops on forensics, and he read books and magazine articles written by other experts. He was a smooth talker with a good vocabulary, and he found it easy to convince judges that he knew his stuff. Once qualified as a forensics expert, he found it even easier to convince unsophisticated jurors that his opinions were based on solid science.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

“We haven’t really discussed fees, have we?” “Send me a bill. Then you can sue me.”
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The white cops and white prosecutor and white jury said he killed a white lawyer. Didn’t happen that way.
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I’m not sure why it is referred to as a satellite. It’s a prison, with all the usual dreary architecture and fencing. Unfortunately, the facility is operated for profit by an out-of-state corporation, which means the guards earn even less and there are fewer of them, the terrible food is even worse, the commissary gouges the men on everything from peanut butter to toilet paper, and the medical care is almost nonexistent. I suppose that in America everything, including education and corrections, is fair game for profiteers.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

Over a twenty-five-year career, Norwood testified in hundreds of criminal trials, always for the prosecution and always implicating the defendant. And always for a nice fee.
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DNA testing arrived and put a serious dent in his business. DNA testing not only changed the future of criminal investigations, it brought a fresh and devastating scrutiny to the junk science Norwood and his ilk had been peddling. In at least half of the DNA exonerations of innocent men and women, bad forensics have been the cornerstone of the prosecution’s evidence.
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Because of the Internet, there are now hundreds of thousands of convicted sex offenders. For many reasons, they do not fare well in general prison populations. Most states are trying to segregate them into separate facilities. Virginia sends most of its to Tully Run.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2019

Cook was a wild man, a hard-drinking redneck prone to brawling and chasing women. Nine years ago he caught the wrong one and married her. They spent a few rough years together taking turns moving in and out. Both had trouble keeping jobs and money was always an issue.
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“I believe that, Gerald. I really do, but getting you out will take a long time. There is simply no way to speed things along. As I told you before, it’s fairly easy to convict an innocent man and virtually impossible to exonerate one.” “This is so wrong, Post.”
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In the U.S. there are over two million people locked up, and it takes one million employees and $ 80 billion in tax dollars to take care of them.
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Very few women are criminals. Their mistakes are picking bad boyfriends.

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