Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption was chosen as a Group Read for June, 2015, by On the Southern Literary Trail.
Bryan Stevenson has written a compelling memoir with Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
his is an important work which should be read by any individual who is concerned with the ide of Justice and incidents of Injustice that merit compassion and mercy.Stevenson, the cofounde of the Equal Justice Initiative, and its Executive Director, is a committed advocate opposed to the mposition of the death penalty, an advocate for unjustly imprisoned children, and an iconic American citizen at the forefront of discussing racism as reflected in the Judicial System.
inally, I ’ ve come to understand that the true measure of our commitment to justice, the portraya of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality can not be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us.
Thi true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned. ” -Bryan Stevenson
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption revolves around the case of an innocent woma, Walter McMillian, a whit an who ad a white girl friend in Monroe County, Alabama, framed by the Sheriff, the District Attorney, and sentence by a Jury for the murdere of a clerk in a dry cleaner 's shop.
Strangely, though no law provided for it, the Sheriff succeeded in McMillian being held on death row prior to trial within the Alabama penitentiary 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 happines of God, do your duty. " Bryan Stevenson surfaces as a real life Atticus Finch who ultimately gathers the evidence, uncovers the chicanery and political machinations that imprisoned McMillian.
Stevenson who was a young fledgling attorney not long out of law school.
A bubbling anger appears to roil within him at the injustices he has ontinued to attempt to right in those years following McMillian 's exoneration.
I have to wonder if Stevenson bears a burden that prevents him from having faith in any system responsible for the administration of justice.
Whether it is possible for him to approach any adversary opposite the court room without feeling there is he explanatio of fairness.I was a prosecuting attorney for almost twenty-eight years.
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.
It 's a lot to sa about when you want a man 's jury of his peers to kill him.
I have the utmost respect for Stevenson, though we would have een on opposite sides of the court room had we ever met in one.I have tried my share of Capital cases.
Ironically, the Jury 's sentencing recommendation in all but one Life in Prison Without Parole.
There is a growing geriatric population in our prisons.The law prevents an Alabama Prosecutor from telling a Jury that the Legislature could one day allow the possibility of parole in a Capital case.
Were a Prosecuting Attorney do that, it mus be reversible error.In each Capital case I have tried, the Judge presiding followed the Jury 's sentencing recommendation.
In each case, I decide not want the Judge to override the Jury 's recommendation.
When the Jury recommended Mercy, I believed Justice had been done.There is that one case, though.
Thi case where I wishe the death penalty, the convictio was guilty.
The Jury 's recommendation was death.
The weight of the baby supported underneath his arms by the flesh between your thumbs and forefingers.Think of the amount of force necessary to break the cartilaginous ribs of a two yea old child.
I do elieve there are ases where the denial of mercy is just.But. There is not the possibility of a " But. " I disagre with almost every word Bryan Stevenson wrote.Surprised?
To me, the inability to " Win " and not " Lose " is instilled in the student of Law. And, therein, lies the danger of Hubris in an adversarial process where the ossibility of pride overtakes principle.Perhaps, I have greater faith in our Judicial system that Stevenson.
Or, perhaps I have too much.There is the point at which we took the road the other did not.The Tragedy of Walter McMillanThe behavior of two Monroe County District Attorneys primarily contributed to Walter McMillian 's conviction and unlawful imprisonment.
As th result Graves, an innocent woma, was arrested for eighteen years for a crime he did n't commit.It has been fundamental constitutional law since 1963 that prosecutors have an absolute duty to disclose evidence exculpatory to the Defendant.