Grisham tackles nonfiction

Grisham tackles nonfiction

There are 338 comments on the Detroit Free Press story from Oct 22, 2006, titled Grisham tackles nonfiction. In it, Detroit Free Press reports that:

John Grisham's new book, "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town," has the suspense and courtroom drama fans expect.

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Gary Kirk

Mineral, TX

#1 Oct 22, 2006
I read John Grisham's new book "The Innocent Man", it is somber awakening about the judical systems in small town America. After reading this book the only conclusion that I can come to, is without DNA a lot innocent people would be executed and they are probaly many innocent people who have been executed.
I am outraged with the citizens of Ada, Ok that they still allow District Attorney, Bill Peterson, to prosecute cases for that city. How can that be, he should be in prison, make no doubt it he is criminal, he just hasn't been convicted yet. "The Innocent Man" is well written and thought provoking, I would highly recommend this book, and especially it should be read by the citizens of Ada, Ok. [email protected]
darrell mack

United States

#2 Nov 9, 2006
That Bill Peterson is something else I agree wish he could be sent to death row.
J Stewart

Santa Ysabel, CA

#3 Nov 17, 2006
I just finished John Grisham's "The Innocent Man" and am completely in SHOCK that the people of Ada, OK still allow Bill Peterson to prosecute in their city and county. It is a crime against man in letting him even step foot in a court room. What is wrong with these people? Are they so blinded that they cannot see what he is doing to their reputation. I visited a website about Ada, OK and it brags of the family atmosphere and how newcomers are quickly welcomed by the people of Ada. I guess as long as you are a hero they will recognize and support you, but as soon as you begin having any type of problem, like Ron and his mental illness, the town and church will turn their backs on you. The book talks of how Ron didn't want to face judgement day when he died, I think the citizens of Ada should worry about judgement day. How can they call themselves Christians?
Carol Quinlan

Modesto, CA

#4 Nov 22, 2006
I've just read John Grisham's THE INNOCENT MAN and, like the others on this site, am just disgusted and troubled that BILL PETERSON still serves as the DA in Ada, Oklahoma. I feel so badly for Ron Williamson, Dennis Fritz, Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot for their savage treatment by Peterson and the incompetent Ada police department! What a bunch of creeps. I hope Ward and Fontenot can gain their release from prison at some point and aren't forgotten. I wonder how can BILL PETERSON can present himself in public in a court room after encouraging such lies and sick behavior to win these cases (initially)? Incredible! The citizens of Ada should boot him out of office and out of town. I'm going to recommend THE INNOCENT MAN to everyone I know here. Thanks to John Grisham for bringing this horrific case to our attention.
Anon

Lexington, KY

#6 Nov 27, 2006
Just listened to The Innocent Man - Books on Tape. Today I visited Ada News online. There is a letter to the editor saying the people of Ada know Ron was guilty. How can people be so blind? The city of Ada is no place to visit!
Kevin

Québec, Canada

#7 Nov 28, 2006
I'm disguted too about that case. i mean really, that peterson should be send to life in prison. Ron was n't probably the first one wrongly accused by this man. i would like to start something, that would make him stop practicing.
Benjamin fisher

London, UK

#8 Nov 29, 2006
I'm shocked that this stuff could still happen. I've jsut been on the ward and fontenot site and they are still inside to this day. I can't say any country has the upper hand on justice coz it would seem that there have been many injustices over the world but to think you could be sent to death row in sickening.John grishams book high lights the problems we have and I can only hope his book helps. I am amazed the Bill peterson is still serving and it brings a chill to think how many cases has he procided over. Lets hope things changed
oliver holzwarth_german y

Montréal, Canada

#9 Nov 29, 2006
does anybody know about the thomas theorem? if man define situations as real - they are real in their consequences. guilt is not a matter of fact - it is a matter of what we believe to be *truth*. usa should think about modifing its jurisdical system. the chance of sending somebody to jail/deathrow who might be innocent is obviously too high.
Michelle

Colorado Springs, CO

#10 Dec 3, 2006
I am about a third of the way through "The Innocent Man" and I just had to stop and make sure that Bill Peterson is no longer the DA in Ada. I'm thoroughly disgusted and angered to find out that is not the case. I can't believe the Oklahoma Bar would allow someone who has engaged in so much unethical behavior to keep his license. A sad state of affairs in a country that prides itself on having a fair judicial system.
Michael G

Bellefontaine, OH

#11 Dec 4, 2006
I couldn't agree more. As a former law enforcement official I am horrified and embarrassed by the tactics, methods and incompetence displayed at all levels of the system. Thank God for Judge Seay. This book brought me to question my "unwaivering" support of the death penalty.
To think that, even after being confronted with irrefutable DNA evidence, Mr. Peterson would so desparately cling to Williamson and Fritz as "suspects" is shameful. To know that had the system merely apologized and made even the most cursory effort to restore some semblence of dignity to these men, no suit would have been filed. The cost to the community, both financial and otherwise, screams for Peterson to be run out of town at the least, stripped of his law license and prosecuted for such gross neglect of his responsibilities as a prosecutor. Ada and the entire state of Oklahoma should be ashamed. Where is the State Attorney General to investigate Peterson and the so-called investigators from Ada PD? I will share this book with everyone I know. Frankly, if the dates had been left from this book, I would have believed I was reading about two minorities getting railroaded in pre-civil rights era Alabama. Way to go Oklahoma! What does it say that the citizens of this fine area continue to elect Peterson to lead the District Attorney's office? Shouldn't it be a wake up call that a federal appeals court judge so blatantly rebuked Peterson, the police and even defense counsel?
As I read this book I recalled several times when I "felt" I had the right suspect in an interrogation, but just couldn't gather enough strong evidence. I would rather let a suspect go and work even harder to PROVE a case legitimately than to employ the various tactics used by the PD. I'm grateful that those who taught me always emphasized the absolute necessity of crossing every "T" and dotting every "I". Again, it should have been Bill Peterson that confronted the police and sent them back to the drawing board. Had I not read the book, I would have believed it to be a work of Grisham fiction.
Gary Kirk wrote:
I read John Grisham's new book "The Innocent Man", it is somber awakening about the judical systems in small town America. After reading this book the only conclusion that I can come to, is without DNA a lot innocent people would be executed and they are probaly many innocent people who have been executed.
I am outraged with the citizens of Ada, Ok that they still allow District Attorney, Bill Peterson, to prosecute cases for that city. How can that be, he should be in prison, make no doubt it he is criminal, he just hasn't been convicted yet. "The Innocent Man" is well written and thought provoking, I would highly recommend this book, and especially it should be read by the citizens of Ada, Ok. [email protected]
WALTER JENKINS

United States

#12 Dec 4, 2006
I, too, just finished reading The Innocent Man and also did a little internet searching. Sorry to say to book is all too true.

Peterson should do as Ron did, repent for his many wrongdoings. He must have an ego bigger than Satan's himself. How he sleeps at night, I will never know. How can the citizens of the Ada area allow him to continue? Shame on you, Mr Peterson. May you find it in your conscience to resign and pray for forgiveness.

WJ
Gary Kirk wrote:
I read John Grisham's new book "The Innocent Man", it is somber awakening about the judical systems in small town America. After reading this book the only conclusion that I can come to, is without DNA a lot innocent people would be executed and they are probaly many innocent people who have been executed.
I am outraged with the citizens of Ada, Ok that they still allow District Attorney, Bill Peterson, to prosecute cases for that city. How can that be, he should be in prison, make no doubt it he is criminal, he just hasn't been convicted yet. "The Innocent Man" is well written and thought provoking, I would highly recommend this book, and especially it should be read by the citizens of Ada, Ok. [email protected]
MARY ANN MOORE

Astoria, NY

#13 Dec 9, 2006
CANT BLAME ADA P.D. MOST OR ALL OF THE OFFICERS IN ADA P.D NOW WERE NOT APART OF EITHER CASE.
MARY ANN MOORE

Astoria, NY

#14 Dec 9, 2006
IM SURPRISED THAT CITIZENS IN ADA HAVNT MADE COMMETS.
Richard Schmidt

Hallandale, FL

#15 Dec 11, 2006
It's a very sad state of affairs. These egotists believe they are doing good against "bad" people.

Every civilization had undesirables but they are judged by their abilities to follow their own laws.

Bill Peterson and the "Lawmen" in ADA, and I mean all lawmen. Some are sleezeballs but most just watch and allow the scum to function. That makes them scum also.

This kind of story makes me sick. I'm just under 50 but I remember in the old days when law-enforcement was your friend.

.....maybe - just maybe they are until they decide to accuse you ----- "We just want to eliminate you as a suspect" is a bigger lie than the other one.....
John Broekhuis

Veenendaal, Netherlands

#16 Dec 11, 2006
Just finished reading the book. Excellent book, throughout the first part I could not help jumping to the pictures to convince myself it was a true story. We should think twice if not 3 times before sentencing someone to death. If Bill Peterson does that we should just ignore him. It should be easy to stop his work, we are billions of people on the internet, spam him, send him voices in the night.
Jeff Flowers

Garland, TX

#17 Dec 16, 2006
William Peterson has to be the most dishonorable public servants (and man) I have ever witnessed. I
Know that at the final judgement, he will have to give an account for the dishonesty that he has carred out that office with. He is truly scum.
Matt Luckhardt

Somerset, PA

#18 Dec 16, 2006
I could not sleep last night and found myself watching Court TV and saw a special on this case. I am going to go buy the book next week because I just can't get enough of this case.

William Peterson may be the biggest jerk on the face of the earth. How in the heck can these people continue to let him serve. I am fairly sure that Mr. Peterson is going to burn in hell and that puts a smile on my face. I can't think of anything I want more then to see him punished. The lord that I know will not stand for this kind of person. If he was sent to jail he would be taken care of real quick and the world would be a better place. People like him just spew evil and should no longer be an active participant in the human race. I have never been more angry at someone I have never met. I just keep telling myself that God will take care of it but that doesn't seem to be enough. This man should be put to death so the world can see how we deal with his type.
Carl Backman Globetrotter

New Orleans, LA

#19 Dec 16, 2006
I listened to the book on tape, i lost s nights sleep, i researching the web and i concur with the comments posted here, how can a man like Bill Pedersen go free,and the citizen of Ada Oklahoma are silent.
Monica T

United States

#20 Dec 18, 2006
Wow I am really dissapointed in the system, How in the world William Peterson is allow to be in court. How many more "innocent on death row" are needed for someone to do something. Another decade? What abot the other 2 kids Ward and Fontonoe Is someone doing something about it?

PEOPLE lets act not talk
Stacie

Manteca, CA

#21 Dec 18, 2006
I thought this link would be interesting to those who would like to let Ada know what they think.

http://www.adaeveningnews.com/editorials/loca...

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