The Trials of Eroy Brown
The Murder Case That Shook the Texas Prison System (Jack & Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture)
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|Format:||Hardback, 244 pages|
|Other Information: ||16 b&w photographs, 3 maps|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 November 2011|
In April 1981, two white Texas prison officials died at the hands of a black inmate at the Ellis prison farm near Huntsville. Warden Wallace Pack and farm manager Billy Moore were the highest-ranking Texas prison officials ever to die in the line of duty. The warden was drowned face down in a ditch. The farm manager was shot once in the head with the warden's gun. The man who admitted to killing them, a burglar and robber named Eroy Brown, surrendered meekly, claiming self-defense. In any other era of Texas prison history, Brown's fate would have seemed certain: execution. But in 1980, federal judge William Wayne Justice had issued a sweeping civil rights ruling in which he found that prison officials had systematically and often brutally violated the rights of Texas inmates. In the light of that landmark prison civil rights case, Ruiz v. Estelle, Brown had a chance of being believed. The Trials of Eroy Brown, the first book devoted to Brown's astonishing defense, is based on trial documents, exhibits, and journalistic accounts of Brown's three trials, which ended in his acquittal. Michael Berryhill presents Brown's story in his own words, set against the backdrop of the chilling plantation mentality of Texas prisons. Brown's attorneys--Craig Washington, Bill Habern, and Tim Sloan--undertook heroic strategies to defend him, even when the state refused to pay their fees. The Trials of Eroy Brown tells a landmark story of prison civil rights and the collapse of Jim Crow justice in Texas.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Victorville, 2010 Chapter 1: A Fishing Trip to Ellis Prison Chapter 2: Death at Turkey Creek Chapter 3: Estelle's Bitterness Chapter 4: A Confusing Scene Chapter 5: The Aura of Ellis Chapter 6: The Witch and the Writ Writers Chapter 7: The Question of the Gun Chapter 8: The Shadow of Ruiz Chapter 9: Weasel Chapter 10: The Dangers of Testifying Chapter 11: Old Thing Chapter 12: Eroy as Aggressor Chapter 13: The Defense Is Self-Defense Chapter 14: Eroy's Story Chapter 15: The Perfect Defendant Chapter 16: The TDC on Trial Chapter 17: The Arc of the Moral Universe Chapter 18: The Shoes of Eroy Brown Chapter 19: Politics and Prisons Chapter 20: The State Tries Again Chapter 21: A Cat Batters a Mouse Chapter 22: Twenty-Three Jurors Chapter 23: Still Not Protected Chapter 24: Paying for Justice Chapter 25: The End of an Era Chapter 26: Free at Last Chapter 27: Aftermath Notes A Note on the Sources Selected Bibliography Acknowledgments Index
The shocking story of the black inmate who was acquitted after killing two high-ranking prison guards in a case that publicized the horrors of Texas's "plantation-style" prison system
|Publisher: ||University of Texas Press|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 16.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.51 kg)|