The cover of John Grisham’s book, "The Innocent Man" reads,
”If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.”
This statement could have been specifically tailored for the story of Jack Alderman. It is an egregious case, full of errors, omissions and missing evidence. New evidence had been uncovered by the legal team from London and the US allowing an Extraordinary Motion for a New Trial to be submitted to the Georgia Court on April 1st 2008. It was denied on May 10th.
This is a very human story of suffering, dignity and compassion through the poetry and prose of Jack Alderman and the paintings of Simone Sandelson.
The intention was to raise awareness of the injustice of this case both in the UK and the USA; to expose the cruelty of keeping a person on Death Row for over 33 years awaiting execution, and especially when the judgement was never beyond reasonable doubt.
The State’s case was based only on the false testimony of a former work colleague, John Arthur Brown, who saved himself by implicating Alderman.
The ultimate aim was to reverse the sentence of death and secure the freedom of Jack Alderman.