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Clooney Teams with Grisham for "Innocent Man"

Innocent ManSmoke House partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are buying the screen rights to John Grisham's nonfiction book "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town," according to Variety.

Warner Independent Pictures is joining Smoke House in the deal.

Published in October by Doubleday, "Innocent Man" is the true story of a gross miscarriage of justice that sent Ron Williamson to Oklahoma's death row for 11 years for a murder he did not commit. Forced dream confessions, unreliable witnesses (including "eye witness" testimony from the man ultimately convicted of the murder) and flimsy evidence were used to convict Williamson.

The deal is the first book adaptation for Grisham after since his $8 million deal from New Regency for "Runaway Jury." Grisham's first blockbuster, "The Firm," was followed by the legal thrillers "The Pelican Brief," "The Chamber," "The Rainmaker," "The Client" and "A Time to Kill."

Grisham will see a seven-figure payday if the film version of "The Innocent" gets made. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on December 6, 2006 8:25 PM
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John Grisham's The Innocent Man is only half the story . .Who And Where Is Dennis Fritz, You say after reading John Grisham's Book "The Innocent man", Grisham's First non-fiction book. The Other Innocent Man hardly mentioned in "The Innocent Man" has his own compelling and fascinating story to tell in "Journey Toward Justice". John Grisham endorsed Dennis Fritz's Book on the Front Cover.
Dennis Fritz wrote his Book Published by Seven Locks Press, to bring awareness about False Convictions, and The Death Penalty. "Journey Toward Justice" is a testimony to the Triumph of the Human Spirit and is a Stunning and Shocking Memoir. Dennis Fritz was wrongfully convicted of murder after a swift trail. The only thing that saved him from the Death Penalty was a lone vote from a juror. "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham is all about Ronnie Williamson, Dennis Fritz's was his co-defendant. Ronnie Williamson was sentenced to the Death Penalty. Both were exonerated after spending 12 years in prison. They were set free because of a simple DNA test. The real killer was one of the Prosecution's Key Witness. John Grisham's "The Innocent Man" tells half the story. Dennis Fritz's Story needs to be heard. Read about how he wrote hundreds of letters and appellate briefs in his own defense and immersed himself in an intense study of law. He was a school teacher and a ordinary man from Ada Oklahoma, whose wife was brutally murdered in 1975.
On May 8, 1987 while raising his young daughter alone, he was put under arrest and on his way to jail on charges of rape and murder. Since then, it has been a long hard road filled with twist and turns. Dennis Fritz is now on his "Journey Toward Justice".
He never blamed the Lord and soley relied on his faith in God to make it through. He waited for God's time and never gave up.

-- Posted by: Barbara Owens at January 14, 2007 8:04 PM

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