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Mexicans on Death Row by Ricardo Ampudia

Mexicans on Death Row by Ricardo Ampudia

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Published by Arte Público Press
“They stole 15 years of my life.” A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Ricardo Aldape Guerra was sentenced to death in 1982 for the first-degree murder of a Houston Police Officer that took place three months earlier. He spent 15 years in a maximum security prison in Huntsville, Texas, before his death sentence was overturned and he was set free.
Ricardo Ampudia, former Consul General of Mexico in Houston, Texas, explores the history and ethics of the death penalty in this fascinating look at its impact on Mexicans sentenced to death in the United States. A fervent opponent of capital punishment, Ampudia came to his beliefs because of his involvement in defending Aldape.
The author offers a brief introduction about the death penalty, both in the U.S. and around the world, and notes that in 2001, 90% of all known executions occurred in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Most of the countries that apply the death penalty have dictatorial regimes or repressive governments, with the U.S. being the notable exception. Subsequent chapters focus on the phenomenon of the death penalty in the U.S. and the work done by the Mexican government to protect its citizens abroad.
The final chapters focus on the Ricardo Aldape Guerra case. In this section written by Scott Atlas—the attorney who handled his defense—and Michael Mucchetti, both from the Vinson & Elkins law firm, it’s revealed that the reopened investigation of the crime uncovered evidence that the jury never heard when Aldape was convicted. And in fact, a shocking pattern of police and prosecutorial intimidation, misconduct, and abuse came to light.
Originally published in Mexico as Mexicanos al grito de muerte, this absorbing account of the history, use, and flaws of the death penalty is a must-read for anyone interested in the criminal justice system in the United States.

For more information, visit our website at http://bit.ly/gqRFoR
“They stole 15 years of my life.” A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Ricardo Aldape Guerra was sentenced to death in 1982 for the first-degree murder of a Houston Police Officer that took place three months earlier. He spent 15 years in a maximum security prison in Huntsville, Texas, before his death sentence was overturned and he was set free.
Ricardo Ampudia, former Consul General of Mexico in Houston, Texas, explores the history and ethics of the death penalty in this fascinating look at its impact on Mexicans sentenced to death in the United States. A fervent opponent of capital punishment, Ampudia came to his beliefs because of his involvement in defending Aldape.
The author offers a brief introduction about the death penalty, both in the U.S. and around the world, and notes that in 2001, 90% of all known executions occurred in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Most of the countries that apply the death penalty have dictatorial regimes or repressive governments, with the U.S. being the notable exception. Subsequent chapters focus on the phenomenon of the death penalty in the U.S. and the work done by the Mexican government to protect its citizens abroad.
The final chapters focus on the Ricardo Aldape Guerra case. In this section written by Scott Atlas—the attorney who handled his defense—and Michael Mucchetti, both from the Vinson & Elkins law firm, it’s revealed that the reopened investigation of the crime uncovered evidence that the jury never heard when Aldape was convicted. And in fact, a shocking pattern of police and prosecutorial intimidation, misconduct, and abuse came to light.
Originally published in Mexico as Mexicanos al grito de muerte, this absorbing account of the history, use, and flaws of the death penalty is a must-read for anyone interested in the criminal justice system in the United States.

For more information, visit our website at http://bit.ly/gqRFoR

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Published by: Arte Público Press on Dec 14, 2010
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Arte Público Press added this note
Fue publicado originalmente en Mexico ... se llama MEXICANOS AL GRITO DE MUERTE
Jorge Mata Aguilar added this note
Buen libro, ¿se tiene en español?
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ein POST-iT test
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nur ein test
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@MrVariant: Interesting observation. Thanks for sharing your perspective.
Arte Público Press added this note
@confede:Thanks for your interest. This book is actually about the death penalty and focuses on specific cases in which people's convictions were overturned because they were later proven innocent. If you're interested in the Juárez murders, check out our recently posted DESERT BLOOD—a mystery novel that highlights the killings of hundreds of women on the Texas-Mexico border http://scr.bi/h6NZQz
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It's surprising how hypocritical many laws are, such as illegal/legal drug use or favoring women where falsifying rape is a much less serious crime than actual rape even though she scars the man socially for life and the psychological damage can repress a man just for expressing his attraction to a woman without violating her by how some can be so jumpy at any physical contact. Good read.

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