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I cinquantanove giorni

by Patterson Richard North, Guani Valentina (Translator)

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Title:I cinquantanove giorni
Authors:Patterson Richard North
Other authors:Guani Valentina (Translator)
Info:Longanesi
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Rating:****
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This is the fifth book by this author I have read. It tells of the effort by a skilled lawyer to try to prevent the execution of a defendant convicted of the murder (along with his brother) of a nine-year-old girl who died during a sex crime. Both brothers were represented by the same lawyer who did an unbelievably bad job defending . The account takes up the effort by a new lawyer after 15 years to save the mentally deficient brother. It is a tense and emotionally draining story, illustrating the impetus involved in the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act--which is a real law passed by Congress and designed to make it harder to overturn a death sentence, and which leads the prosecution to argue that innocence makes no difference! ( )
  Schmerguls | Jul 7, 2013 |
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When the body of nine-year old Thuy Sen is found in the San Francisco Bay, the police quickly charge Rennell and Payton Price with her grisly murder. A twelve-person jury, abetted by an incompetent defense lawyer, is nearly as quick to find the brothers guilty, and to sentence them both to die for their crimes.

Fifteen years later, overworked pro bono laywer Teresa Peralta Paget, her husband Chris, and stepson Carlo, a recent Harvard law graduate, become convinced not only that Rennell didn't receive a fair trial but that he may well be innocent. Racing against the clock and facing enormous legal obstacles, Teresa, Chris, and Carlo desperately try to stay Rennell's execution, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court, and to an enormously moving and powerful conclusion. ( )
  amacmillen | Nov 3, 2010 |
I'm so happy to discover another legal writer who has so much work for me to read! I listened to the audio version and the story is gripping as you follow the enormous efforts to provide a defense for a convicted man to prevent his death. It was exhausting to comprehend the layers and layers of complexity to get through a very tangled puzzle of law, holding out hope, again and again. ( )
1 vote nyiper | Oct 22, 2009 |
I found this book to be terrific. I've enjoyed everything I've read from Richard North Patterson, and this one, to me, is among the best. ( )
  etrainer | Mar 27, 2009 |
I've enjoyed Patterson's other "issues" books about presidential & judicial politics in relation to abortion. This one about the death penalty is more like a traditional legal potboiler & is not as good. ( )
  mbergman | Jan 28, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345450205, Mass Market Paperback)

When the body of nine-year old Thuy Sen is found in the San Francisco Bay, the police quickly charge Rennell and Payton Price with her grisly murder. A twelve-person jury, abetted by an incompetent defense lawyer, is nearly as quick to find the brothers guilty, and to sentence them both to die for their crimes.

Fifteen years later, overworked pro bono laywer Teresa Peralta Paget, her husband Chris, and stepson Carlo, a recent Harvard law graduate, become convinced not only that Rennell didn't receive a fair trial but that he may well be innocent. Racing against the clock and facing enormous legal obstacles, Teresa, Chris, and Carlo desperately try to stay Rennell's execution, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court, and to an enormously moving and powerful conclusion.


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"Fifty-nine days. That's how long Rennell Price has to live - after spending fifteen years on death row for the horrifying sexual assault and murder of a girl whose body was found floating in San Francisco Bay. But attorney Terri Paget, who has fought her own way out of hopelessness and abuse, has dedicated her life to fighting for people like Rennell Price. This time, Terri has a client she believes may actually be innocent, which means that an unpunished killer may still be free."""I didn't do that little girl" is all Rennell Price has ever said in his own defense. Rennell, along with his older brother, Payton, was found guilty of the heinous crime, and the conviction has been upheld through one appeal after another. But as Terri spends time with Rennell and re-creates the events that put him on death row - beginning with the first minutes of the police investigation - she starts to understand the forces that shaped Rennell and the reason he has never been able to defend himself adequately.""As Terri prepares for a last appeal, she gets a new weapon for her battle - fresh evidence suggesting that another man, not Rennell, helped Payton commit the atrocity. But the grim machinery of capital punishment is already in motion, involving precedent and politics reaching from California to the highest court in America. As more people are drawn into Terri's last-ditch battle, and as agendas and personalities clash while time is running out for Rennell Price, this much is clear: The serious doubts about Rennell's guilt may not be enough to save him."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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