|About the Book|
Under Color of Law: The deliberate conviction of an innocent man and the destruction of a family. Under Color of Law is the true account of an innocent mans nightmare journey through the American criminal justice system. Begining in January of 2004,MoreUnder Color of Law: The deliberate conviction of an innocent man and the destruction of a family. Under Color of Law is the true account of an innocent mans nightmare journey through the American criminal justice system. Begining in January of 2004, Dr. Jonathan Nyce, a respected medical research scientist with a worldwide reputation in new drug discovery, a former medical school professor, and the father of three young children, was accused, tried and wrongly convicted of the brutal murder of his wife, Michelle. This happened despite clear evidence that another man who had been stalking Michelle, a man against whom the Nyces had obtained a restraining order, had murdered her. Previously hidden police reports reveal that (1) the stalker was found to be in violation of the restraining order and to have Michelles blood on him in the time frame of her murder- (2) Police found black hair clenched in Michelles left hand (the stalkers hair is black- Dr. Nyces hair is blond)- and (3) size 9 1/2 footprints were found leading away from Michelles body (the stalker wears size 9 1/2- Dr. Nyce wears size 12-13). While keeping these facts concealed from the jury, police and prosecutors invented a case against Dr. Nyce and obtained his conviction. Why would they do this? For several months preceding Michelles murder, these same police officers had ignored Dr. and Mrs. Nyces pleas for help when Michelles stalker repeatedly violated their restraining order, permitting the danger from this man to spiral out of control. There is at least indirect evidence that police needed the stalker, a professed illegal immigrant, to remain on the street to act as an informant in a drug investigation. Under Color of Law details, in a fully documented and essentially unassailable fashion, the methods used to convict innocent people when that is considered to be in the best interests of the authorities. It thus has significance far beyond this specific case. Under Color of Law also addresses the role that the media plays in helping to convict (by converting their First Amendment protections into a business plan and abandoning their constitutionally mandated role to act as a counterbalance to the state.) Because of its gripping account of corruption within one of the most fundamental aspects of our society, the criminal justice system, Under Color of Law deserves to be on every Americans must read list.