By Margaret Edds
How is it attainable for an blameless guy to come back inside of 9 days of execution? An Expendable guy solutions that question via unique research of the case of Earl Washington Jr., a mentally retarded, black farm hand who used to be convicted of the 1983 rape and homicide of a 19-year-old mom of 3 in Culpeper, Virginia. He spent nearly 18 years in Virginia prisons—9 half of them on demise row—for a homicide he didn't commit.This e-book unearths the relative ease with which people who reside at society's margins should be wrongfully convicted, and the extreme hassle of correcting one of these incorrect as soon as it occurs.Washington was once ultimately freed in February 2001 no longer as a result felony and judicial platforms, yet even with them. whereas DNA checking out used to be principal to his eventual pardon, such assessments may by no means have happened with no an surprisingly gifted and dedicated felony workforce and with no sequence of incidents which are top defined as natural luck.Margaret Edds makes the chilling argument that another “expendable males” in all likelihood were much less lucky than Washington. This, she writes, is “the mystery, shameful underbelly” of America's retention of capital punishment. Such wrongful executions would possibly not occur frequently, yet an individual who doubts that blameless humans were done within the usa should still bear in mind the striking sequence of occasions essential to keep Earl Washington Jr. from the sort of destiny.
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S incarceration traced a portrait of multigenerational, rural poverty. At the time, the senior Washingtons were living in a dilapidated farmhouse, typical of those in which their son grew up. “It is difﬁcult to determine how many people are living in the house at any one time because uncles, aunts, cousins and other relatives are constantly moving in and out. 17 “Socio-economically, they were very deprived. 19 The failure of Marie and Earl Washington Sr. to get ahead did not stem from unwillingness to work.
Washington: Yes. After a lunch break, Earl Washington found himself with a police escort en route to Culpeper where he was asked to re-create his steps on the day that Rebecca Williams was slain eleven months earlier. Once again, hours of interrogation occurred for which no police notes exist. Washington rode with Hart and Wilmore. Schrum and Investigator S. Allen Cubbage brought up the rear in another car. The re-creation began on a bridge along a state road not far from Bealeton. Washington said he was picked up by a couple of men whom he had met the previous day.
A. L. Smith was equally rapturous when he wrote about his life in Fauquier County after the Civil War: “There never was but one real war, and that was from 1861 to 1865. ”13 A century later the northward migration of blacks and a dwindling agricultural base had brought subtle changes to the Piedmont, though among whites reverence remained for the Confederate past. Demographically, Culpeper County contained about 22,600 citizens at the 1980 census, one-ﬁfth of them black. Next door in Fauquier, about 13 percent of the 35,889 residents were African American.
An Expendable Man: The Near-Execution of Earl Washington, Jr. by Margaret Edds