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NCJ Number: 158015 Find in a Library
Title: Mockery of Justice: The True Story of the Sheppard Murder Case
Author(s): C L Cooper; S R Sheppard
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 397
Sponsoring Agency: Northeastern University Press
Boston, MA 02115
Publication Number: ISBN 1-55553-241-1
Sale Source: Northeastern University Press
Managing Manager
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume reexamines the original evidence as well as new evidence indicating that the criminal justice authorities suppressed evidence, used fabricated evidence, and overlooked an important suspect when they secured the conviction of Sam Sheppard for the 1954 murder of his pregnant wife.
Abstract: One of the authors is the son of Sam Sheppard, whose conviction was overturned in 1966 by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled that Sheppard was denied a fair trial because of excessive prejudicial media coverage and the judge's inability to control the courtroom's "carnival" atmosphere. The decision established guidelines to prevent adverse publicity from affecting other high-profile cases. At a second trial, Dr. Sheppard was represented by F. Lee Bailey and was found innocent of his wife's murder. With the assistance of a private investigative agency, the authors examine secret contacts, false leads, confessions, tips, forensic evidence, recently recovered documents, and Sheppard family papers. Chapter reference notes and index (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Fair trial-free press; Investigative techniques; Murderers; Pretrial publicity; US Supreme Court decisions
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