The Wrong Carlos – Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

by Rachel Baker on April 30, 2014

In light of the botched execution last night in Oklahoma, I thought it would be apropos to bring to light a new book, The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution, that will be published on July 8th, 2014 by Columbia University Press. This book is written by a team of Columbia Law School faculty and students and is about the 1989 execution of Carlos DeLuna – to be more specific, based on the findings, the wrongful execution of Carlos DeLuna.

Other than the obvious review of if you are interested in criminology, then read this book; I found the story interesting, compelling, and I had a difficult time putting it down, once I truly realized the magnitude of the story being told. I hadn’t heard about this happening, so I was looking at it with fresh eyes. The detailed accounts of the night of the crime, the conviction, and the subsequent problems with the case was the most amazing part of this book. Though it read like a work of academia, the case was compelling enough to grab my attention. If someone had been paying attention, from the very beginning, it was completely questionable whether or not DeLuna committed the crime of killing Wanda Lopez. And yet, he was convicted, charged and executed.

The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution isn’t typically the crime book I gravitate to, mostly due to the sheer volume of details; but I’m really glad I read it and hope the book has a good reception when published. I think this book could serve as background reading for death penalty activists, as well as criminal justice students.

You can pre-order this book here:
The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

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