Item description for LAST WORDS FROM DEATH ROW --- The Wall Unit by Herrera Norma...
Norma Herrera lived her brother's personal hell as he waited on Death Row for the courts to decide if the new evidence that proved Leonel Herrera's innocence would save his life. Her book fulfills her last promise to Leo: to tell his story, to tell the truth. "Federal habeas courts do not sit to correct errors of fact but to ensure the individuals are not imprisoned in violation of the Constitution," it said. In other words, being falsely imprisoned is not a violation of your rights. Herrera was executed four months after the ruling. In his final statement he said: "I am innocent, innocent, innocent. I am an innocent man, and something very wrong is taking place tonight." Norma Herrera's book documents court events and press coverage. She recounts the tribulations she and her family suffered as they worked to free Leonel Herrera from his fate. If the all the court proceedings, including the Supreme Court's decision prior to Leo's execution represent the visible tip of the death penalty iceberg, LAST WORDS FROM DEATH ROW exposes the enormous human tragedy that resides below the surface. Her questions drive a powerful wedge between the legal process in capital cases and the truth. Why do the guilty go unpunished? When is innocence not enough to free a convicted man? Does Truth not prevail in the American Justice system? Who pays? We all do. Who is next?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher Nightengale Press
ISBN 1933449292 ISBN13 9781933449296
Reviews - What do customers think about LAST WORDS FROM DEATH ROW --- The Wall Unit?
An injustice, which had to be told Jan 16, 2008
This book was awesome, I could not put it down.
Norma passed away yesterday afternoon, and I felt compelled to come back and write a review, which I shouldve done while she was alive, and not waited.
Her tragic story about the injustice done to her family is a horrible tragedy, but am glad I knew her and am glad she had the courage to speak up and tell it like it is.
A story about an innocent man. A Powerful, true tragedy of injustice. May 7, 2007
Once convicted, Innocence is Irrelevant This story tells of a man who was convicted and could prove his innocence, but it was past the 30 days that was allowed to show new evidence. So, Anyone who is convicted of a crime, no matter what it is, could only have 30 days to prove otherwise. What if was someone in your family and evidence was suppressed beyond the 30 day limit? Too bad. We kill you anyway. Justice is blind and will always turn a blind eye to new evidence, because it is too late then. A very compelling story how one lone woman who tried to save her brother and show that he was with her during the killings and couldn't have been anywhere near where it happened. Also the car that was supposed to be the one he was driving was up on blocks and hadn't even been driveable. The witness couldn't even identify the car until it was pointed out to them, even then it was the wrong car as stated in a newspaper article about the killings.
Executing the Innocent May 7, 2007
As a long time anti-death-penalty activist and abolitionist, I've been familiar with the Leonel Herrera story since the time the events were taking place. I've been eager for this book to come out, so I could learn the previously unpublished details, which I did. But I'm disappointed with the book itself. Here's why: the privately-published book was poorly edited, or more likely, not edited at all, and it shows. It abounded in spelling errors, occasional misuse of words, poor syntax, and every imaginable gramatical error. No matter how good a story, no matter how informative, no matter how vital and accurate the infomation contained, a book with all those errors instantly loses credibility. As a writer myself, it made me cringe. And the book was poorly organized; Norma Herrera opens with boring legal citations that should have been in an appendix. Most readers would put it down right from the start. She needed to start with the STORY, and plug in the legal technicalities at the end. The only reason I hung on was because I knew about the case, and knew the meat of the story was coming. But most readers would reject from page one a book that doesn't catch their attention. Leo Herrera was innocent, but the courts said, effectively, [paraphrased]"It's OK to execute an innocent person who's been wrongly condemned, AS LONG AS THE TRIAL WAS CONDUCTED ACCORDING TO THE RULES OF LAW." That's crazy, and has made us the laughing stock of civilized nations, all of whom have abolished capital punishment. Forget the grammar and spelling, please. The story itself is told with plentiful details and lots of emotion, as it should be, and it was a very good read. I believe this story is a must-read for all the American people. How can we continue to feel pride in our nation and its laws, when the Supreme Court and its then Chief Justice, William Rehnquist, said in essence to the always eager to execute state of Texas, [paraphrased] "You must kill this man, even though he has proof of his innocence, because the law says so." Many people erroneously believe that criminals may be released "on a technicality," something that actually happens very rarely. This story demonstrates, contrary to all common sense, that technicalities can, and often do, result in the execution of innocent persons at a far greater rate than a guilty person getting away with a crime due to a technicality. Don't miss this book. It's an exciting "whodunit," even though we know from the start how it will end.
justice for ALL Apr 25, 2007
justice and reality stands for all!! Damn good book. True reality - this is real life!
The Publisher Speaks Apr 25, 2007
Ms. Herrera has opened the well of pain she and her family lived for all to see in her book LAST WORDS FROM DEATH ROW. There are some in The Valley, where the events in her book took place, who seek to defame Ms. Herrera's work. This is understandable, when they experience their own pain in actually reading her book. But, take heed. There are some who have reviewed this book without reading it. People contacted us to try to prevent the publication of LAST WORDS FROM DEATH ROW. These are the people who do not want any truth known other than their own. I encourage them to write their own book about this execution and the events that led to it. I invite them to read LAST WORDS FROM DEATH ROW before they write their "review" in the vain attempt to discredit this book. The death penalty legal community hails it as a true revelation, and side with Ms. Herrera. We stand behind this book and its author, and would say to all who come to read these reviews, this book is powerful and hits home. Otherwise, why would there be any blatantly self-serving "review" claiming that the truth in this book is false? Be thinkers. Read LAST WORDS FROM DEATH ROW. Valerie Connelly Publisher Nightengale Press