Railroaded: Framed for Murder, Fighting for Justice
Impressive writing – powerful storyDan Zupanksy
In 1968, a budding New York City entrepreneur who provided immigrants with jobs takes a Florida vacation with his family. Meanwhile, his relative, an employee, is murdered on Long Island.
Upon returning to New York, Sam Sommer learns the fate of his wife’s uncle, Irving Silver, when he doesn’t show up to carpool to work. Three days pass with no clues about his death. Then a recent contractor at Sam’s deli sets up a meeting to share news on the investigation.
Within moments after pulling into a donut shop parking lot to meet, Sam is kidnapped by detectives with the engine still running. While held in custody, he is beaten and allegedly confesses to the murder.
Court proceedings amount to do-overs, appellate victories and overturns, and mysterious documents. Sam is found guilty of murder in 1971. Within short order, his case is highlighted in college law courses.
The Story of Sam Sommer
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This book tells how it happened, how Sommer and lawyers fought it and won the first round. Were overturned and lost. He was sent off to prison and had to fight for justice all over again. Years of battling while his wife was left to fend for seven children. It’s an amazing story that I recommend highly for those who enjoy true crime, memoirs, criminal law, it covers a lot of areas. It’s aggravating and inspirational all at once, and frightening that these things go on. My thanks for the advance electronic review copy that was provided by NetGalley, authors Samuel L. Sommer & Christopher Jossart, and WildBlue Press.