College Park, MD 20742, United States
Tim Junkin studied at the University of Maryland.
600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States
Tim Junkin got a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1977.
Junkin is photographed in Cody's Books on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, 2004.
(Intense and hard-hitting, Bloodsworth is the story of a m...)
Intense and hard-hitting, Bloodsworth is the story of a man’s tireless fight against a justice system that failed him.
Tim Junkin studied at the University of Maryland. He also got a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1977.
Tim Junkin is a practicing attorney and author. He also worked as a public defender, an instructor at Georgetown University, Harvard University, and American University and a waterman (fisherman) on the Chesapeake Bay.
His first novel, The Waterman: A Novel of the Chesapeake Bay, is set in 1972, the year of Hurricane Agnes, and the year in which Junkin spent the summer living the life of the men he glorifies in his regionally set story. Clay Wakeman, whose father has died in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, leaves college and teams up with Byron, a childhood friend who has returned from Vietnam, to be a crabber on the trawler left to him by his father. The bay has been overfished and polluted to the point where making a living is nearly impossible.
Junkin’s second novel, a thriller titled Good Counsel, does feature a lawyer as the protagonist. Jack Stanton went from being a Washington, D.C., public defender to a wealthy malpractice attorney who was flexible in using the truth until he took the final step and committed fraud. Besides alienating his wife, Stanton is now a fugitive from justice, and his crime is revealed through flashbacks. He escapes to the Chesapeake Bay area, where he is reported to the police for not having a fishing license. Stanton attempts suicide but is rescued by Susanna Blair, nicknamed Muddy, who works at the general store, and the two share their stories. Muddy has plans to kill a Nicaraguan terrorist who assassinated her father when she was a child. Stanton and Muddy begin a relationship, and in the end, Stanton accepts responsibility for his acts.
Junkin's next work, Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA, is his first nonfiction title and a story with deadly underpinnings. In 1984, Kirk Noble Bloodsworth was falsely accused of the brutal rape, mutilation, and murder of nine-year-old Dawn Hamilton in Cambridge, Maryland. An ex-marine and lower-income crabber in the Chesapeake Bay, Bloodsworth strongly maintained his innocence. However, a combination of overeagerness, desperation, and simple incompetence in the local law enforcement agencies resulted in his arrest. After a dubious trial, Bloodsworth was convicted on flimsy evidence and inconsistent witness testimony and sentenced to die. A later retrial improved matters little; he was given two life sentences rather than death. Bloodsworth languished in prison for nearly ten years until, by chance, he read about new advances in forensic DNA testing in Joseph Wambaugh's novel, The Blooding. Shattered by his prison experience but still vigorously asserting his innocence, Bloodsworth felt that the new technology would prove his innocence. He contacted attorney Bob Morin, a lawyer who frequently worked with wrongfully convicted death row inmates, and the two began a campaign to have crime-scene evidence tested with the new DNA techniques. Finally, in 1993, Morin found a lab that could do the tests, and the results proved that Bloodsworth was not the murderer. Junkin covers Bloodsworth's harrowing ordeal from beginning to end, with particular attention paid to the police and prosecutors who were so eager to send an innocent man to prison for a crime he didn't commit.
(A haunting novel of a young man who follows his father in...)1999
(Intense and hard-hitting, Bloodsworth is the story of a m...)2004
"Whereas civil trials usually are fought between parties of equal resources, such is typically not the case in criminal court."
"Only those willing to impose the death penalty, if justified by the facts, are left on the prospective panel."
"I wanted to write about something else. I wanted to write about the bay—the power of the land and the water and the very special culture that has grown up from the abundance of the bay. The watermen who work the bay are very colorful. They live very rich lives despite the fact that they are not affluent. That was the world I wanted to write about." (Junkin in a Washington Lawyer interview, when was asked why there are no lawyers in The Waterman)