The Last Lawyer is the true, inside story of how an
idealistic legal genius and his diverse band of investigators and
fellow attorneys fought to overturn a client's final sentence.
Ken Rose has handled more capital appeals cases than almost any
other attorney in the United States. The Last Lawyer
chronicles Rose's decade-long defense of Bo Jones, a North Carolina
farmhand convicted of a 1987 murder. Rose called this his most
frustrating case in twenty-five years, and it was one that received
scant attention from judges or journalists. The Jones case bares
the thorniest issues surrounding capital punishment. Inadequate
legal counsel, mental retardation, mental illness, and sketchy
witness testimony stymied Jones's original defense. Yet for many
years, Rose's advocacy gained no traction, and Bo Jones came within
three days of his execution.
The book follows Rose through a decade of setbacks and small
triumphs as he gradually unearthed the evidence he hoped would save
his client's life. At the same time, Rose also single-handedly
built a nonprofit law firm that became a major force in the death
penalty debate raging across the South.
The Last Lawyer offers unprecedented access to the
inner workings of a capital defense team. Based on four and a half
years of behind-the-scenes reporting by a journalism professor and
nonfiction author, The Last Lawyer tells the unforgettable
story of a lawyer's fight for justice.
Subjects: Sociology, History
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