Monday, 20 October 2014
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
McMillan had been having an affair with the woman and was convicted at trial of her murder despite the fact that numerous eye witnesses provided him with an alibi. The predominantly white jury (eleven of its members were white) returned a sentence of life in prison, which the judge, Robert E. Lee Key, converted to a death sentence. McMillan was finally exonerated and released in 1993. He died last year.
In Stevenson's own words: "We will ultimately not be judged by our technology, we won’t be judged by our design, we won’t be judged by our intellect and reason. Ultimately, you judge the character of a society . . . by how they treat the poor, the condemned, the incarcerated.”
For information on the Equal Justice Initiative, please click here.
For information on the exoneration of Walter McMillan, please click here.
For a review of Just Mercy, please click here.