Scapegoat: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper

Number 25670
Subject Crime
Source Crime Magazine
State CA
Year 2012
Publication Date 01/30/2012; 02/01/2012
Summary Scapegoat is the true story of the horrific Chino Hills murders -- the highest profile crime in San Bernardino County history. It shows how law enforcement ignored eyewitness information implicating three white men as the perpetrators in order to pin the crime on Kevin Cooper, a recently escaped black prisoner from the nearby prison in Chino, California. It shows how his public defender lost the case before the trial even began and how the justice system has failed Cooper at almost every turn. It also shows the heroic work of an international law firm headquartered in San Francisco that adopted Cooper's case pro bono just three months before his scheduled execution in 2004 and won him a stay and how lawyers from this firm continue to appeal his wrongful conviction.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 11
Keywords Murders; crime; law enforcement; police; prison; justice system; wrongful conviction
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