Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Barry Siegel presents his book Manifest injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom.
"Justice, however late, is still justice," said Macumber, an aging Arizonan man released from prison in November after spending more than half his life behind bars, imprisoned for thirty-eight years for a double homicide he denies committing. The brutal 1962 murder of a young couple, found in an abandoned car in the Arizona desert, bewildered the sheriff's department of Maricopa County for years. Despite a few promising leads—including several chilling confessions from Ernest Valenzuela, a violent repeat offender—the case went cold. More than a decade later, a clerk in the sheriff 's department, Carol Macumber, came forward to tell police that her estranged husband had confessed to the murders. Though the evidence was questionable, he was arrested, charged with the crime, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison, even though the confessions of Valenzuela were never admitted as evidence during his trial. In Macumber's story, Siegel illuminates how our justice system kept a possibly innocent man locked up for almost forty years, and introduces the generations of lawyers and other members of the Arizona Justice Project who never stopped working on his behalf.
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EVENT DETAILS Event ticket (admits two) is free when you purchase Manifest injustice from Changing Hands Bookstore. Letter groups (printed on top of ticket) will be called at 1pm to fill seats and designated standing room. If available, seating and standing room opens to those without tickets at 1:45pm. Space cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals. Booksigning line forms by assigned letter group after the presentation. Those without tickets may get their books signed after ticket-holders, if time allows. Event details may be subject to unannounced changes ABOUT Barry Siegel is a Pulitzer Prize winning former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and he directs the literary journalism program at UC Irvine where he is a professor of English. He is the author of six books, including Shades of Gray and Claim of Privilege. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. BILL MACUMBER pled "no contest" on November 7, 2012 to charges of second-degree murder in a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to walk free for the first time in 37 years. His release was secured after decades of work by his family and advocacy groups such as the Arizona Justice Project, who filed a motion that called into question the forensic evidence introduced in trial and the evidence kept out entirely, such as another man's multiple confessions to the crime. Macumber was sentenced to life in prison in 1975 for an unsolved 1962 double-murder after his estranged wife, who worked at the County Sheriff's Office, told detectives that Macumber had confessed the killings to her.
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