Justice Failed

Justice Failed Having no choice but to protect their own client the true murderer lawyers who could prove Alton Logan s innocence kept silent for over two decades Justice Failed is the story of Alton Logan an Afric

  • Title: Justice Failed
  • Author: Alton Logan Berl Falbaum
  • ISBN: 9781619029927
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Having no choice but to protect their own client the true murderer lawyers who could prove Alton Logan s innocence kept silent for over two decades.Justice Failed is the story of Alton Logan, an African American man who served twenty six years in prison for a murder he did not commit Shamefully, such false imprisonment isn t uncommon in America, but what makes this case eHaving no choice but to protect their own client the true murderer lawyers who could prove Alton Logan s innocence kept silent for over two decades.Justice Failed is the story of Alton Logan, an African American man who served twenty six years in prison for a murder he did not commit Shamefully, such false imprisonment isn t uncommon in America, but what makes this case extraordinary is that his innocence was made known to the attorneys of the true murderer within one month of Logan s imprisonment Written in collaboration with veteran journalist Berl Falbaum,Justice Failed explores the sharp divide that exists between common sense morality an innocent man should be free and the rigid ethics of the law which superseded that morality The actual murderer admitted his guilt to his lawyers, but they, bound by the absolutism of client attorney privilege, did not take action to free an innocent man According to ethic codes, they could not Instead, they signed an affidavit proclaiming Alton Logan s innocence, and in a move that belongs in a thriller, one of them locked the document in a strong box and kept it beneath his bed, in case they were someday able to assist Logan It wasn t until after the true murderer s death in 2007 that the lawyers came forward with the information that eventually set Logan free.Throughout, interviews and probing legal exploration give way to Alton Logan himself as he tells his own story from his childhood in Chicago to the strength required to maintain his innocence while incarcerated, to the devastating impact that the loss of a quarter century has had on his life he entered prison at 28 years of age, and was released at 55 His story is painful and infuriating, but Justice Failed is not meant to shock, nor is it a plea for pity Logan and Falbaum lay out the facts, and answer the question How could this happen Very easily, it seems Through telling his story, Alton Logan and Berl Falbaum seek to change that.

    One thought on “Justice Failed”

    1. The story of Alton Logan is important - it's incredible how much corruption and abuse was corrupted by the legal, police and judicial system -- and yet he spent 26 years in jail!The book is just under 200 pages long - and the pace moves pretty well. Alton is incredibly detailed and factual in relating his story - there is some repetition, but for the most part it zips along. It would be super helpful to have a cast of characters at the back - I got confused (ie, various Wilsons and a Winston, pl [...]

    2. What an excellent and important story. This short but engaging book takes the reader on a journey through Alton Logan's hellish false conviction for murder and armed robbery for which he served a quarter century of his life sentence. He was exonerated by an affidavit that had been held in secret by two lawyers who knew he was innocent from day one but said nothing until their client died. I expected this book to take me longer to read because of the horrific premise, but I ended up reading it in [...]

    3. The authors present a very serious problem with client-attorney privilege. Alton Logan, a 26-year-old African American was arrested for the shooting murder of a security guard at McDonalds in 1982 in Chicago's South side. He spent 26 years in prison for a crime that he did not commit. His two attorneys also had the real murderer as their client. The real murdered told them that Alton Logan was innocent. He even signed an affidavit stating the same and to be revealed at his death. Because of atto [...]

    4. This was a good book about an important issue. Our justice system is definitely not perfect.As a lawyer, I get the importance of this book. As a parent, I really wish the author would have spent less time talking about himself as the victim and more time discussing prevention. When you hang around with the wrong crowd and have a long criminal history, it only makes sense that you are at increased risk of being accused of a crime that you didn't commit. That being said, I think this is an interes [...]

    5. pretty interesting read about attorney-client privelege. I couldn't put it down and I finished it in one day. that never happens!

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