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Dow’s Death Row book
wins ’10 Discover Award

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David DowLaw Center Prof. David R. Dow is the winner of the 2010 Discover Award for non-fiction sponsored by Barnes & Noble for his book The Autobiography of an Execution. The memoir chronicles his years of working in behalf of Death Row inmates and the toll it has taken on him and his family. Dow, Cullen Professor, founder of the Texas Innocence Network and litigation director of the non-profit Texas Defender System, has represented more than 100 Death Row inmates during the past two decades. In announcing the award, nonfiction jurist Terry Teachout, a critic and biographer, wrote, "No matter how you feel about capital punishment--and especially if you support it, whether staunchly or uneasily -- this book will bring you face to face with the arbitrary, often capricious way in which the death penalty really works. It's the most sobering book that I read in 2010.” Dow was awarded a cash prize of $10,000, and a full year of marketing and merchandising support from the bookseller.

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