ABA publishes true-crime story

The story of Steven Avery, a man who spent 18 years behind bars for a brutal rape he didn't commit before he was exonerated through DNA testing, is the American Bar Association's first foray into the true-crime genre.

"The Innocent Killer" begins with a brutal assault on a remote stretch of beach on the Lake Michigan shoreline of Wisconsin, and ends two decades later in the most tragic of circumstances. Avery, who was on the brink of collecting possibly several million dollars for his wrongful conviction, is arrested and convicted for the brutal murder of a freelance photographer about two years after securing his freedom.

The book, written by long-time prosecuting attorney Michael Griesbach of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, tells a chilling story of Avery's first conviction and later exoneration, as well as the 2007 conviction, which sent him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Aside from chronicling these heart-wrenching events, Griesbach offers an insider's view of the tragic, unintended consequences that can flow from a single wrong when those responsible for administering justice lose sight of their calling.

"â??The Innocent Killer' is a shocking yet effective example of what can happen when our justice system fails," writes Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of the National Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York.

Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014


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