Bryan Stevenson: Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption



Behavior of two Monroe County District Attorneys rimarily contributed to Walter McMillian s conviction and unlawful imprisonment There should be conseuences Sanctions The PIC MICROCONTROLLER ENGINEER'S NOTEBOOK 16 PRACTICES PIC16F886 12F683 Volume II Integrated Circuits Programmable Timers Digital Clock Voltage to Pulse Train Converters Single Chip Voltmeter Frequency paramount duty of a District Attorney is not to secure a conviction but to do the right thing Asrosecutors we are lawyers just as those who are engaged in the A Memoir Concerning the Fascinating Faculty Which Has Been Ascribed to the Rattle-Snake and Other American Serpents privateractice of law I sport a tee shirt that defines a Prosecutor as a lawyer held to a higher standard I I Have Lived in the Monster personally always believed thatracticed thatOn June 11 2015 retired District Attorney Charles J Sebesta Jr was disbarred by State Bar Association of Texas for Wonach sich alle sehnen professional misconduct in obtaining a conviction of Robert Graves for a Capital Murder of sixeople on the basis of testimony he knew to be Witchs Curse (The Bone Coven Chronicles perjured Further Sebesta flagrantly withheld evidenceroving Graves innocence As a result Graves an innocent man was imprisoned for eighteen years for a crime he didn t commitIt has been fundamental constitutional law since 1963 that The Future of Erotic Fantasy Art prosecutors have an absolute duty to disclose evidence exculpatory to the Defendant In other words evidence which might be favorable to the Defendant See Brady v Maryland 373 US 83 83 SCt 1194 10 LEd2d 215 its opinion disbarring Sebesta the Texas Bar Association found he had violated his ethical duty by eliciting false testimony from Robert Carter a Co Defendant failing to disclose the exculpatory evidence of Carter s statement the night before trial clearing Graves of involvement in the crime eliciting false testimony from a Texas State Ranger regarding Carter s statements about Graves involvement threatening an alibi defense witness withrosecution for the same murders when he had no evidence to support her involvement apparently causing her to decide not to testify on Graves behalf failing to disclose that a Bing prosecution witness was under felony indictment by Sebesta s office at the time of his testimonySee 2015That s simply as it should be Stevenson s blistering memoir makes me cringe Bryant Stevenson attributes many of theroblems he confronted to the lingering affects of slavery Statistics do not lie That racism exists is undeniable Stating racism is the Operation rhino primary cause for the manner of imposition of Capital Punishment doesn t work for me I initially intended to be a Defense Attorney I cut my chops on the cases of Sacco and Vanzetti Julius and Ethel Rosenberg My legal literary mentors were Clarence Darrow Louis Nizer Melvin Belli and allen dershowitz My take on McMillian s case hinges on the base instinct to win at all costs The very instinct to which law students are subjected throughout their education whether that is the intent of Law Schools or not It is a weakness of human nature to submit to the will to win whatever the cost Just Mercy isn terfect Following is an excerpt from the Sunday Review of Just Mercy Ted Conover The New York Times October 17 2014 Just Mercy has its uirks though Many stories it recounts are than 30 years old but are retold as though they happened yesterday Dialogue is reconstituted scenes are conjured from memory characters thoughts are channeled la true crime writers McMillian being driven back to death row was feeling something that could only be described as rage Loose these chains Loose these chains He couldn t remember when he d last lost control but he felt himself falling apart Stevenson leaves out identifying years Killing Cancer perhaps to avoid the impression that some of this happened long ago He also has the defense lawyer s reflex of refusing to acknowledge his clients darker motives A teenager convicted of a double murder by arson is relieved of agency a man wholaced a bomb on his estranged girlfriend s Searing porch inadvertently killing her niece had a big heart William Faulkner sums it up for me Some things you must always be unable to bear Some things you must never stop refusing to bear Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame No matter how young you are or how old you have got Not for kudos and not for cash youricture in the aper nor money in the back either Just refuse to bear them Gavin Stevens Intruder in the Dust 1948ExtrasYellow Mama Dale Watson The Death of the Death Penalty DAVID VON DREHLE Time Magazine May 28 20i5 The Death Penalty Information Center The Eual Justice Initiative Well I suspect it ll drag you kicking and screaming from your happy lace but I defy you to read Bryan Stevenson s remarkable Just Mercy and not come away affected in some way If you are at all interested in racial andor sociopolitical injustice specifically as it applies to our country s and specifically my adoptive home state Alabama s seriously flawed justice and Everything I Learned in Medical School penal systems this is the book for you Absolutely haunting heartbreaking and unforgettable Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South Though larger than life Atticus exists only in fiction Bryan Stevenson however is very much alive and doing God s work fighting for theoor the oppressed the voiceless the vulnerable the outcast and those with no hope Just Mercy is his inspiring and Beautify your Breath - Beautify your Life powerful story Compared to average white folk I would consider myself aware of and sensitive to the relentless injustices thatlague our country Still this book got me fired upIt s Les Cavaliers de l'apocadispe - tome 1 - maitrisent la situation pretty straight forward Bryan Stevenson a lawyer for Eual Justice Initiative casually describes some of the situations he s been in and cases he s represented His legalractice focuses on defending the wrongly condemned unusually condemned or otherwise victims of the state Many of the cases described are the result of intentional racism but many others are just examples of the disgusting criminal justice laws that continue to exist Race isn t always a factor Children women oor whites and many others are also mixed up in this world of capitalist imprisonmentThis isn t a book solely on the bygone errors of 50 years ago although some history certainly lays into it By and large it s extremely current extremely relevant and horrifyingMajor kudos to Stevenson by the way for not degrading these accounts with Katys First Haircut personal rants He doesn t shy away fromointing out the blatant errors of our nation s laws but overall the book reads very calm And I suppose that makes sense For him this is his daily life Representing innocent Die Wise people who may have spent decades behind bars or on death row is his bread and butter It srobably not even all that shocking to him any that this happensTo be fair it s Yan And The Pikes Violin probably not that shocking toersons of color either These injustices are so common in marginalized communities that this isn t new information It s just life The best thing about this book is Hungarian Heroes and Legends probably that it gotopular enough that rivileged classes are reading it I think we robably all know that our criminal justice system is a joke but until you start reading about the individual The Elders Speak people destroyed by it it s hard to understand how deep theroblems runThe only slight negative I ll say is that structurally it s somewhat difficult to keep track of everyone Walter is the main story and I suspect the central focus in the movie although I haven t seen it yet but intermixed with him are many others who sometimes jumble together Listening to the audio version made it easier to keep track I think and Bryan does a flawless job narrating his own book But I have read some others critiue the structure and I would tend to agree with them on thatStill overall a must read Even for those who think they already know how bad our system is I often think that my grandparents and The Pharisees Guide to Total Holiness parents lived in interesting times They saw so many things come about in their day Theirs were exciting times Women won the right to vote slaves were freed and medical advancements werelenty It was the time of The Industrial Revolution electricity the telephone Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, planes trains and automobiles so to speak I tend to downplay the important breakthroughs of my life and times Television Computers a second industrial revolution of Technology several wars the uest for Space and The Civil Rights Movement I have always gone back and forth in my opinion about capitalunishment and the death enalty The older I get the I read the I lean to the correctness and reasoning for its abolishment in our state I haven t come to this decision lightly it s a real struggle for me Perhaps this conflict of soul is why books such as Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption interest me so muchBryan Stevenson didn t start out walking the ath to where he is today While a student at Eastern University in Pennsylvania he thought he might choose a career in music or sports He majored in Perception and the External World political science andhilosophy and eventually decided on law school While a student at Harvard in the early 80 s Stevenson Popular Representations of Development participated in an internship in Atlanta Georgia with The Southern Prisoners Defense Committee SPDC relating to race andoverty During this time he spent many hours seeking appea Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the US justice system or curious about why some Sister for Sale people don t feel they receive eual treatment under the law In Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevensonresents what could be dry statistics or empty outrages as stories about real The Blue Door (Threshold people However these stories aren t just abouteople but the towns and cities where horrible crimes were committed sparking cries for justice and the flawed mechanisms we have for delivering justice from law enforcement to our courts How can we as a country improve our justice system This is something we should all consider if we care to strive for the ideals under which our country was founded First though Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity prepare to be angry If you read this book and you should anger is nearly unavoidable What to do with that anger is another uestion entirely I would urge hope over fatalism and do everythingossible to hold lawmakers accountable. Tory of racial injusticeOne of EJI’s first clients was Walter McMillian a young Black man who was sentenced to die for the murder of a young white woman that he didn’t commit The case exemplifies how the death enalty in America is a direct descendant of lynching a system that treats the rich and guilty better than the oor and innocent.

The accused the incarcerated and the condemned Bryan Stevenson Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption revolves around the case of an innocent man Walter McMillian a black man who had a white girl friend in Monroe County Alabama framed by the Sheriff the District Attorney and convicted by a Jury for the murder of a clerk in a dry cleaner s shop Condemned to die The Sheriff and the District Attorney ignored the evidence that exonerated him Manufactured the dirty evidence that convicted him and A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, placed him on death row Incredibly though no lawrovided for it the Sheriff succeeded in McMillian being held on death row Bob and Larry in the Case of the Missing Patience prior to trial within the Alabamaenitentiary system McMillian was held on death row for a total of six years Walter McMillian Exonerated Although the case occurs in the home town and county of Harper Lee the community which has gained fame from Lee s To Kill a Mockingbird there is no Atticus Finch to implore the Jury For the love of God do your dutyBryan Stevenson surfaces as a real life Atticus Finch who ultimately gathers the evidence uncovers the chicanery and olitical machinations that imprisoned McMillian Stevenson who was a young fledgling attorney not long out of law school He has argued cases before the United States Supreme Court five times Walter McMillian is a man to cheer for Stevenson is a man to be emulated by so many others in the Justice System But Stevenson does not gleefully celebrate his victories the exoneration of the innocent A bubbling anger appears to roil within him at the injustices he has continued to attempt to right in those years following McMillian s exoneration That anger for me is understandable yet disturbing I have to wonder if Stevenson bears a burden that revents him from having faith in any system responsible for the administration of justice Whether it is difficult for him to approach any adversary opposite the court room without feeling there is the Death Comes for the Archbishop possibility of fairnessI was arosecuting attorney for almost twenty eight years I spoke for vulnerable Mostly Mama populations Abused children victims of sexual assault both women and men who were undeniable victims of domestic violence I directed our County s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program for almost four years I began therivate ractice of law and for nearly two years represented children as a Guardian Ad Litem and Adults charged with Criminal Offenses The years finally took their toll I am thankfully retired The Eual Justice Initiative Office is only ninety odd miles away I owe Bryan Stevenson a vist Maybe a little volunteer work Alabama s Electric Chair currently stored in the attic of Holman Prison Sunday Morning Coming Down a Reader s Reflection I m having a most unusual Sunday morning I m listening to the music of Dale Watson led there while contemplating Capital Punishment I m having a cup of coffee I ve been thinking A lotReading takes you on strange journeys Yellow Mama was the name given to Alabama s Electric Chair Although the Alabama Legislature had authorized death by electrocution in 1923 there was no way to carry out that sentence until 1927 Kilby Prison 1922 1969 Montgomery County Alabama Alabama needed a way to electrocute Horace DeVaughan for a double murder committed in Birmingham Inmate Ed Mason an English cabinet maker by trade who was serving 60 years for theft and grand larceny built Yellow Mama The chair was ainted with yellow Damias Children paint from the nearby Highway Department The sameaint used to Cutremur de timp paint lane indicators on State roads The inmates named the new chairWhile well built the chair didn t work too well On April 8 1927 Horace DeVaughn was the first human being to experience riding the lightning It was a long ride Herayed to Jesus for hours beforehand and accepted no food drink or cigarettes on the night of the execution In his final statement he expressed that he had been forgiven and had no hard feelings toward anyone and asked for someone to tell his mother goodbye and that his soul was saved DeVaughan underwent three 2000 volt discharges between 1231 and 1242 AM At the first 40 second jolt his body surged forward a thin gray smoke flowed from under the electrode over his head and the odor of burning flesh was apparent After the second discharge flames were seen on his leg but he was still alive After the third jolt he was Backlash : La guerre froide contre les femmes pronounced dead Twenty wereresent as witnesses included Moore s brother George who traveled from Coffeyville Kansas and claimed a Die Botin des Königs (Reiter-Trilogie piece of DaVaughn s belt as a souvenir of his visit The Montgomery Advertiser Montgomery Alabama 2002Horace Devaughn was a black man Two weeks later Virgil Murphy a veteran of World War I who was convicted in Houston County of murdering his wife became the first white man electrocuted in the chair Before the state s use of the electric chair executions generally were carried out in the counties by hanging The Alabama Department of History and Archives Tuscaloosa County Old Jail where the gallows wereSo here I am listening to music by a Birmingham Alabama native singing about sitting in that chair Most of myrofessional career it was my duty to uphold the imposition of the death enalty No easy burden It s a lot to think about when you ask a man s jury of his eers to kill him I have the utmost respect for Stevenson though we would have been on opposite sides of the court room had we ever met in oneI have tried my share of Capital cases The verdicts in each case was guilty However the Jury s sentencing recommendation in all but one Life in Prison Without Parole Those Defendants will never walk out of Predator prison alive Unless the Legislature changes the law regarding Life Without Parole It s uiteossible The State is going broke The risons are overcrowded There is a growing geriatric opulation in our Seven Days in Utopia prisonsThe lawrevents an Alabama Prosecutor from telling a Jury that the Legislature could one day allow the Lots of Love possibility ofarole in a Capital case Were a Prosecuting Attorney do that it would be reversible errorIn each Capital case I have tried the Judge Reclaiming Love presiding followed the Jury s sentencing recommendation In each case I did not ask the Judge to override the Jury s recommendation In my opinion the Jury had spoken The verdict was Just When the Jury recommended Mercy I believed Justice had been doneThere is that one case though The case where I sought the deathenalty the verdict was guilty I strenuously argued to the Jury that the only appropriate sentence was death The Jury s recommendation was death The Judge Vegangelical presiding imposed the death sentence That was fourteen years ago The case remains somewhere in the seemingly endless series of AppealsThe Defendant murdered his two month old son Beat and shook him to death The child had two rib fractures on his chest The child had eight rib fractures on his back Picture holding a baby in front of you Your thumbs gently resting on his chest your fingers cradling each side of his back The weight of the baby supported underneath his arms by the flesh between your thumbs and forefingersThink of the amount of force necessary to break the cartilaginous ribs of a two month old child Consider it the same degree of force as the impact of two vehicles colliding each travelling at sixty miles an hour Consider that the baby s brain was shaken so hard that his brain swelled within his soft skull to the degree theressure became so great his brain shut down all autonomous nerve Defender of Faith, Revised Edition processesThe verdict was just I have no absolutely no reason to be ashamed of the verdict I sought the sentence I sought Yet I live with the fact I asked twelve men and women to kill another human being It will bring you down But it the life denied a child who will never have the opportunity to grow up that haunts me I do believe there are cases where the denial of mercy is justBut There is always theossibility of a But I agree with almost every word Bryan Stevenson wroteSurprised Two Diverging Roads I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages henceTwo roads diverged in a wood and I I took the one less traveled byAnd that has made all the differenceRobert Frost The Road Not Taken Bryan Stevenson and I started out on the same road Neither of us intended to become lawyersEach of us felt the compulsion to do something meaningful As Mr Stevenson decided he could not help others by continuing his studies in No escuches su canción de trueno philosophy byhilosophizing I decided not to be a teacher of history a rofessor of Classical languages or even a sychologist though I took my undergraduate degree in that fieldActually I attempted to bluff the Chair of the Department of Psychology into allowing me to undertake my graduate studies in his department a semester earlier I told him Well if no assistance ships are available I ll apply to Law School It seemed a good idea at the time I had been tutoring the daughter of a Law Professor in her Latin studies When the Chair smiled and answered We must all do what we must do Mr Sullivan I nodded swallowed left his office and applied for entrance to Law SchoolI was offered a Graduate Assistant ship by the Department of Psychology the same day I received my acceptance to the School of Law In my youthfulness and arrogant Witch Creek (Wildlands pride I turned down the offer and entered the study of LawBryan Stevenson and I also agree about the traditional Law School curriculum It is esoteric It is a tortuous experience being the victim of the Socratic method of teaching Students of the law are drilled in the art of confrontation and argument To me the desire to Win and not Lose is instilled in the student of Law And therein lies the danger of Hubris in an adversarialrocess where the Sleight (AVRA-K possibility ofride overtakes Slave Labor Graphics Titles principlePerhaps I have greater faith in our Judicial system that Stevenson Orerhaps I have too muchThere is the oint at which we took the road the other did notThe Tragedy of Walter McMillanThe. Cerated and the wrongly condemnedJust Mercy tells the story of EJI from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel ractice of sentencing children to die in The Creative Writing Handbook prison to revolutionaryrojects designed to confront Americans with our his.

UPDATEI just stepped out of the theater seeing this filmIt s absolutely extraordinary IncredibleI can t recommend it highly enough I hope it wins best Water Death (Outbound, picture of the year Best actors Best everythingBring Kleenex HONESTLYit was DEEPLY POWERFUL We must reform a system of criminal justice that continues to treateople better if they are rich and guilty than if they are Between the Savior and the Sea poor and innocent Capital murder reuires an intent to kill and there was aersuasive argument that there was no intent to kill in this case and that oor healthcare had caused the victims death Most gunshot victims don t die after nine months and it was surprising that the state was seeking the death enalty in this case INJUSTICEBryan Stevenson s book JUST MERCY A Story of Justice and Redemption is written by a sincere caring man HE WALKS THE WALK THAT HE TALKS A couple of years ago I read The New Jim Crow MASS INCARCERATION in the Age of Colorblindness It was maybe the most revolutionary book an opening for transformationto date on the subjectbut I had such a challenging time getting Written in the Stars (Cricket Creek, past the authors style of writing Her delivery was very harshvery cold and she seemed to be bitching half the timeof not wanting to writ the book busy with her kids at home and making me feel wrong I felt attacked at times and didn t appreciate her delivery At the same time 80% of theeople in my local book club 30 The Great Anarchists people thought her book was the greatest book to date on this subject Maybe it was Yet I think THIS book shows MUCH MORE sincere heart and compassion Barry Stevenson is Sensitive caringand there is nothing egotistical about itThe stories in here can make you tremble and cry It s a sad disturbing fact of our lifePeople have been sexually andhysically abused as children Modern Engineering Statistics poor medical care for victims drug addictions trauma humiliation wrongly accused dangers dysfunctions in ourrisons We live in a society still with injustice ignorance and bigotry People are fearful and angry Many blessings THANK YOU THANK YOU Bryan for your life dedication and work Not many Hearts people would do the work that he does It s not only this book which is AMAZING AMAZING very easy engaging to read but it s Bryan s life work that must be acknowledged Once again WE MUST REFORM A SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE THAT CONTINUES TO TREAT PEOPLE BETTER IF THEY ARE RICH AND GUILTY THAN IN THEY ARE POOR AND INNOCENT Thank you to my several Goodreads friends who read this book before me and sharing your Thoughts feelingsain The Silver Nightingale passion on this subject 4 stars What aowerful and inspiring book Please note if this was a review of the author Bryan Stevenson s career and life story my rating would be 5 stars Words cannot adeuately describe how I feel about this selfless man who has spent his career fighting for justice for those who need it most My rating of 4 stars is simply my review of this book which is obviously what this site is about My impression of and respect for Bryan Stevenson as an individual is extremely high and would go well beyond a 4 star ratingI felt like I was in a constant state of shock while reading the never ending examples of case law describing Threshold people being mistreated and wrongly convicted due to racism andor to appease law enforcementersonnel and goals I felt sickened reading about the abuse that happens to men women and children within the Delicious Danger (Phoenix Agency, prison system Therison التفاحة والذرة - اثنتا عشرة حكاية من الفيزياء المعاصرة personnel sometimes doing things considered way worse in my opinion to theserisoners than what the Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles, prisoners were actually incarcerated for I had a hard time accepting the statistics of how many children under the age of 18 get life sentences withoutarole for non homicide crimes and end up being abused in adult Not for Nothing prisons some children only 13 or 14 years old Add onto this the overwhelmingly highercentage of Eagles Claw prisoners who are mentally ill without a chance of getting theroper help they need within the Superman/Doomsday prison system And one of the main themes of the bookroved with endless examples is the criminal justice that continues to treat Summers Family Affair people better if they are rich and guilty than if they areoor and innocent While all of these examples and stories are shocking and upsetting it was inspiring to learn that Bryan Stevenson was working toward making changes He founded the Eual Justice Initiative a legal ractice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need the oor the wrongly condemned and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system Bryan Stevenson s attitude work ethic and goals were the light and Women on the Hill positivity shining throughout this book People like him are what make this world a betterlaceI had to be in full concentration mode while reading this book as it is very factual with a lot of statistics and examples I needed time to fully absorb the details While I felt these examples Waiting for Aphrodite provided an eye opening experience of how extremely unjust the US Justice System can be I also felt it was slightly overwhelming and hard to keep track of At times I felt lost in the case examples as they are referenced back to throughout the book I understand why Bryan Stevenson would choose to bombard the reader with endless examples this is whatroves and solidifies his Pirateship Down (Sentinels of New Orleans points and theories It s just a lot to take inOverall this was an informative well written account by a caring driven and compassionate man I think everyone could learn a thing or two from Bryan Stevenson Mercy is just when it is rooted in hopefulness and freely given Let me be honest I would never haveicked this book to read on my own But it was my church book club selection This is a The Sand-Reckoner powerful scary book A young black lawyer takes on deathenalty appeal cases in Alabama And he does this because Alabama didn t Aztlan provideublic defenders for those appeal cases The book delves into all the aspects of the legal system It also speaks oignantly on the effects of the larger community when someone is unjustly found guilty When evidence logic and common sense are ignored it makes everyone uestion whom could be next It uts to lie the idea we are a democracy as opposed to an elitist society And don t think it s just the south My home state Pennsylvania is cited for its laws on sentencing juveniles to life in Paris Encore (Zion Covenant, prison Even after the US Supreme Court ruled life withoutarole couldn t apply to juveniles Pennsylvania said it didn t apply to those already convicted The State Supreme Court didn t reverse that ruling until 2017 Stevenson even describes his own run in with the Atlanta Boyfriends from Hell police department for doing nothing than sitting in his car outside his apartment I read The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist earlier this year These two books will shock and dismay you when you read the total incompetence or corruption of the southernolice force The fact that men can be found guilty when numerous witnesses Battered Not Broken place them somewhere else boggles the mind In theast I have struggled with whether capital What Ive Become (The Humanity Within Book 1) punishment was the correct outcome for the guilty Too often when a horrific crime happens my attitude towards the killer is to hang them high But this book has cemented in my mind that there are too many reasons that reuire me to be opposed to it As Stevenson says the real uestion of capitalunishment in this country is Do we deserve to kill This is a sad book and it is not an easy read But I still highly recommend it The existence of the Eual Justice Initiative does The Contemporaries provide a bit of hope that there are individuals willing to give up a lucrative job to work on behalf of Justice and Mercy They are the stonecatchers Re read This time via audio Bryan Stevenson is in the Netflix documentary the 13th I just watched it I highly recommend itI m late to thearty so there is not much for me to say about this book that has not already been said What I will say is that This is a Very Important Book If you have not read it you must It should be reuired reading for high school I had no idea the injustice that occurred in this country when it came to death row I live in a state in which the death enalty was abolished I still can t get it out of my head that a judge in Alabama can override a jury s verdict for life in rison to a death sentence to this very day Bryan Stevenson is an incredible man for all that he has done for death row inmates They are making this into a movie I m so glad they arePut it at the very very top of your to read list It s that important Just Mercy Following the Road Less Taken Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption was chosen as a Group Read for June 2015 by On the Southern Literary Trail My special thanks to Jane my good friend who nominated this selection Bryan Stevenson Bryan Stevenson has written a compelling memoir with Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption This is an important work which should be read by any individual who is concerned with the concept of Justice and incidents of Injustice that merit compassion and mercyStevenson the founder of the Eual Justice Initiative and its Executive Director is a committed advocate opposed to the imposition of the death enalty an advocate for unjustly imprisoned children and an iconic American citizen at the forefront of discussing racism as reflected in the Judicial System It is a book that will surprise you shock you and appall you Simply ut read this book one of the Ten most noted books of 2014 by the New York Times the Washington Post and numerous other literary reviews My work with the Poker Slave poor and the incarcerated hasersuaded me that the opposite of overty is not wealth the opposite of overty is justice Finally I ve come to believe that the true measure of our commitment to justice the character of our society our commitment to the rule of law fairness and euality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich the Indulge (Warm Delicacy, powerful therivileged and the respected among us The true measure of our character is how we treat the Tabloid City poor the disfavored. An unforgettable true story about theotential for mercy to redeem us and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America from one of the most inspiring lawyers of our timeBryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Eual Justice Initiative a nonprofit law office in Montgomery Alabama dedicated to defending the oor the incar.

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Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this nameBryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Eual Justice Initiative in Montgomery Alabama and a professor of law at New York University Law School He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners argued five times before the Supreme Court and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias again