There will be, no doubt, controversy from both sides after people finish reading John Grisham's recent book "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town," a book that once again puts Ada on the map for a crime involving murder. On one hand, Grisham resurrects a strong case of unjustness that needed to be told, to show how a legal system that is meant to protect those who are innocent failed and just what can emerge from that.

On the other hand, however, does Ada need a nationally rehashed version of a heinous crime that happened more than 20 years ago and possibly open up wounds for the victim's family?

It's apparent in reading Grisham's take on the Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz trials that he attempted to display the facts as they were given, although not everything can always be 100 percent accurate.

Hindsight is always 20-20. For example, Grisham highlights how unreliable hair samples are in a criminal court case, particularly in light of the more recent and exacting science of DNA testing, and how listening to jailhouse snitches can discredit a prosecution's case. While this evidence may seem out of place in such a serious case, Oklahoma officials treated it as evidence that confirmed two innocent men's guilt. DNA testing not being available at the time of the crime does not explain why Glen Gore, the real killer, wasn’t originally suspected.

While Grisham said he was just attempting to tell the story of Ron Williamson, he managed to uncover two decades’ old problems Oklahoma had in regards to its legal system. Hopefully these are just that—past problems.

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