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Scott Turow won the 2004 RFK Book Award for Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer’s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty, a provocative account of Turow's personal experience as a lawyer on both sides of the death penalty debate. In this concise and elegantly written book, Turow examines the case for and against the death penalty, urging our society to give the penalty the close examination it deserves.

Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, and he frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. Mr. Turow's books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors and Time Magazine's 1999 Best Work of Fiction for Personal Injuries. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries.

Mr. Turow continues to work as an attorney. He has been a partner in the Chicago office of an international firm, Dentons (formerly Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal), since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense while also devoting a substantial amount of time to pro bono matters.

Distinguished Honors

Death of Innocenceby Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson received Distinguished Honors. By turns inspiring and heartbreaking, this memoir by Till-Mobley--the mother of Emmet Till, the victim of one of the most gruesome lynchings in American history--recounts her journey from despair to hope as her grief turned into action.