Scott D. Seligman - The Third Degree: The Triple Murder That Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice

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Seligman’s account of the case that eventually led to the 1966 Miranda ruling is part murder mystery, part courtroom drama, and part socio-cultural history of immigrants’ rights and the U.S. legal system. In 1919 a Chinese man was accused of killing three diplomats in Washington, D.C. As international pressure to find the killer grew, media coverage became more spectacular and the police became more desperate for a conviction. The suspect, abused while in custody, endured a legal nightmare that lasted seven years and involved figures including Warren G. Harding, William Howard Taft, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and J. Edgar Hoover. Seligman, author of Tong Wars and The First Chinese American, vividly reminds us of the importance of a system that presumes innocence until guilt is proven, and that protects individuals from coerced confessions.

 

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Non Fiction
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$29.95
ISBN: 9781612349947
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Published: Potomac Books - May 2018

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