Conviction by Denver Nicks audiobook

Conviction: The Murder Trial That Powered Thurgood Marshall’s Fight for Civil Rights

By Denver Nicks  and John Nicks
Read by Ron Butler

Blackstone Publishing 9781613738337
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On New Year’s Eve, 1939, a horrific triple murder occurred in rural Oklahoma. Within a matter of days, investigators identified several suspects: convicts who had been at a craps game with one of the victims the night before. Also at the craps game was a young black farmer named W. D. Lyons. As anger at authorities grew, political pressure mounted to find a villain. The governor’s representative settled on Lyons, who was arrested, tortured into signing a confession, and tried for the murder. The NAACP’s new Legal Defense and Education Fund sent its young chief counsel, Thurgood Marshall, to take part in the trial. The NAACP desperately needed money, and Marshall was convinced that the Lyons case could be a fundraising boon for both the state and national organizations. It was. The case went on to the US Supreme Court, and the NAACP raised much-needed money from the publicity. Conviction is the story of Lyons v. Oklahoma, the oft-forgotten case that set Marshall and the NAACP on the path that led ultimately to victory in Brown v. Board of Education and the accompanying social revolution in the United States.

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Summary

Summary

On New Year’s Eve, 1939, a horrific triple murder occurred in rural Oklahoma. Within a matter of days, investigators identified several suspects: convicts who had been at a craps game with one of the victims the night before. Also at the craps game was a young black farmer named W. D. Lyons. As anger at authorities grew, political pressure mounted to find a villain. The governor’s representative settled on Lyons, who was arrested, tortured into signing a confession, and tried for the murder.

The NAACP’s new Legal Defense and Education Fund sent its young chief counsel, Thurgood Marshall, to take part in the trial. The NAACP desperately needed money, and Marshall was convinced that the Lyons case could be a fundraising boon for both the state and national organizations. It was. The case went on to the US Supreme Court, and the NAACP raised much-needed money from the publicity.

Conviction is the story of Lyons v. Oklahoma, the oft-forgotten case that set Marshall and the NAACP on the path that led ultimately to victory in Brown v. Board of Education and the accompanying social revolution in the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“By illuminating Thurgood Marshall’s earlier, leaner years, Conviction adds a much-needed dimension to the life of one of our more misunderstood civil rights heroes. The most pleasant surprise, however, is Denver and John Nicks’s well-rounded and engrossing portrayal of W. D. Lyons, a young man falsely accused of a heinous crime.” Patrick Parr, author of The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age
“This book deserves a standing ovation. It reveals the compelling story of crusading civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall—who became the nation’s first black Supreme Court justice—and his defense of a black illiterate sharecropper accused of slaughtering three members of a white family in rural Oklahoma. Authors Denver Nicks and his attorney father, John Nicks, shine a light on unforgivable transgressions as they explain how political pressure, intimidation, coercion, and torture can result in a forced confession and the imprisonment of an innocent man.” Michael Wallis, bestselling author of The Best Land Under Heaven

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Author Bio: Denver Nicks

Author Bio: Denver Nicks

Denver Nicks is a contributor to Rolling Stone and National Geographic Traveler and a former staff writer for Time magazine. He is the author of the books Conviction, Private, and Hot Sauce Nation.

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Author Bio: John Nicks

Author Bio: John Nicks

John Nicks, coauthor of the nonfiction book Conviction, is an attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializing in oil and gas, personal injury, and civil rights law.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.54
Audience: Adult
Language: English