The first true story of an innocent man who escaped prison after being falsely convicted of an Irish Republican Army murder during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
In 1983, a British court wrongfully convicts a 23-year-old Irishman, Kevin Barry Artt, of murdering Albert Miles, a British prison official, on behalf of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. The court sentences Kevin to a life term in Britain’s notorious Maze prison.
Seven weeks later, Kevin escapes the Maze. Overnight he becomes Britain’s most wanted fugitive in the world. Kevin makes it to California, where he lives quietly underground.
In 1992, the FBI captures and jails him. For the next eight years in the federal courts in California, Kevin fights the British government’s furious attempt to extradite him back to Northern Ireland. Aided by renowned U.S. trial lawyer Jim Brosnahan, Kevin beats extradition in 2000. But the cloud of his 1983 murder conviction still lurks overhead.
Twenty years later, on May 6, 2020, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal vindicates Kevin at last, quashing his murder conviction based on detectives’ false testimony at his trial.
Successful and recently-published comparable works have proven audiences’ fascination with tales of innocent persons falsely convicted, whether the tales be fiction or non-fiction.
|Book Title||Main Topic|
|Say Nothing||Unsolved Troubles-Era Murder|
|The Innocent Man||Injustice|
|The Central Park Five||Courtroom Drama|
|Movie/Show||Main Topic||Box Office|
|In the Name of the Father||Wrongful Conviction||$65M|
Before taking a sixteen-month sabbatical to write “Above the Ground,” Dan Lawton practiced law in the California and federal courts for thirty years, specializing in appellate work and intellectual property litigation. Today he is shareholder at Klinedinst PC, a California-based law firm headquartered in San Diego.
Best-selling authors, historians, correspondents and editors alike are praising Dan’s recounting of the trials and redemption of Kevin Barry Artt.
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