Review by: Christopher Hichens - January 1, 2005
"The execution even of a guilty man is the destruction of evidence. The execution of an innocent man is by definition the exculpation of a guilty perpetrator. Those who run our death rows delude themselves that they operate a system rather than a lottery: here is living and working proof that with capital punishment, only the random is systematic. David Dow guides us through the workings of the death penalty's criminal injustice: a racket that is beyond reform and long overdue for abolition."
Review by: Susan Sarandon - January 1, 2005
"Mr. Dow, a death penalty attorney on the front lines in Texas, compellingly shows that sentencing innocent people to death is only one aspect of the contemporary death penalty debate. Basic fairness in the criminal justice system is of equal importance. Because such fairness is missing and cannot be restored, the death penalty deserves a grave of its own."
Review by: Barry Scheck, codirector of the Innocence Project, Inc. - January 1, 2005
"Americans are horrified when someone on death row is revealed to be innocent because it represents our justice system's worst nightmare-its equivalent to a major airplane crash. But Executed on a Technicality reveals an even more disturbing truth: that our nation's entire use of the death penalty is on a daily collision course with our most deeply held legal and moral principles. At once intellectually unflinching and profoundly moving, Dow's book is a must-read for anyone who truly cares about American justice."
Review by: Anthony Lewis, New York Times - January 1, 2005
"I have read much about capital punishment, but David Dow's book leaves all else behind. It is powerful, direct, informative, and told in compelling human terms. He makes us see that the issue is not sentiment or retribution or even innocence. It is justice."