Just mercy by bryan stevenson
Length : 349 Pages
Rating : 9/10 Good if you’re interested in law
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Bryan Stevenson, a brilliant lawyer who grew up poor in the racially segregated South, published his groundbreaking memoir, Just Mercy, in 2014 — right in the heat of the growing epidemic of racially motivated death sentences. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1985 he founded Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama, a non-profit that focuses on combating injustice and racial prejudice in the American judicial system. In Just Mercy, Stevenson focuses primarily on the case of Walter McMillian, a black man wrongly sentenced to death for the murder of a white woman, examining his journey through the judicial system, death sentence, and eventual exoneration. However, other cases involving the wrongful conviction of juveniles or other similar death row cases are also intertwined. The book is, at its core, an intense critique of racial bias and inherent inhumanity in America’s judicial system. Just Mercy was amazingly well written and eye opening; I strongly recommend it, especially to those interested in law.