John Grisham on Wrongful Death Penalty Convictions

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In 2008, Bill spoke with small town lawyer-turned-bestselling author John Grisham about writing, law and justice. In this Moyers Moment from Bill Moyers Journal, the two discuss Grisham’s first nonfiction novel, The Innocent Man, which tells the story of Ron Williamson, who spent 11 years on death row, wrongly convicted of murder. Grisham says Williamson was the victim of a system that deals out justice unevenly, with terrible consequences and cost.

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