Book Author: Nick Daniel
White lies talks about a true life story of a young black man accused of rape and murder of a sixteen years old girl. This controversial case, a “subversion of justice” informed by inflamed racial passions, powerfully raises the issue of capital punishment in a world where innocent people might be wrongly convicted.
On August 23, the nude body of blond, blue eyes Cheryl Fergeson was found in the auditorium of Conroe high school. One week later, 28yrs janitor Clarence Bradley, the only black at the scene of the crime, was charged with rape and strangling her. Tried before one all- white jury, Brandley was acquitted in a mistrial; tried before a second, he was convicted and sentenced to death row. He languished there for 9 yrs, saved on two occasions by stays of execution. By his side were his attorneys, a charismatic black leader, a tough private eye, and a white priest-turned-detective. Against him were defenders of the values of Old South: a power- mongering district attorney, a stogy-chomping mayor.Leave a reply →