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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (original 2014; udgave 2015)

af Bryan Stevenson (Forfatter)

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The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
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Titel:Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Forfattere:Bryan Stevenson (Forfatter)
Info:One World (2015), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption af Bryan Stevenson (Author) (2014)

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An amazing collection of experiences by lawyer Bryan Stevenson in his attempt to help innocent people sitting on Death Row. He is an inspiration showing how to be courageous even when it seems unlikely to reach success.

I did notice one error by the author regarding Atticus Finch. He says on page 22 that Atticus armed himself when going to protect Tom Robinson at the jail. He didn't arm himself. He only had a light, a a chair, and a newspaper to read. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Jun 12, 2021 |
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction • Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction • Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award • Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize • Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize • An American Library Association Notable Book ~Amazon
  rootbranchesbib | Jun 9, 2021 |
(31) This was a moving and well-written account of the author's journey from disillusioned law student to the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama providing counsel and hope to death row inmates in the Deep South and beyond. While the book contains many sad stories about men and women who were convicted unfairly and/or as children, the signature case is Walter McMillan. A black man who owned his own business and had an affair with a younger white married woman who was ultimately railroaded onto death row in the most racist and unjust way imaginable. Totally fabricated testimony. Injustice on top of injustice as the real murderer was never identified or caught. And all this in the county where 'To Kill a Mockingbird' was set and written. And the county prides itself on the novel...

There are so many things to be be said that have likely been said much more eloquently by other reviewers. This is yet another time when I am reminded of how awful the deep south is. How truly awful the legacy of slavery and the notion of white supremacy. How these things are still alive and well especially in some of the red states: "The past is never dead. It is not even past." These words of Faulkner's ring even more true each year that goes by that I live here in the American South.

Stevenson writes well - accessible yet with some subtle artistry. I especially was struck by his narration of having a gun drawn on him outside of his own apartment listening to music in his car. The author writes about this many years before recent police shootings of unarmed black citizens and before it was trendy to be a 'social justice warrior.' Kudos. He also is careful to avoid painting those who champion speedy executions and harsh sentencing as simply racist and evil - but instead broken, angry, fearful. He points to mercy - even for those who may not deserve it - as the only possible solution to heal what ails us. And he is very persuasive.

Avoids a perfect rating from me as it trended towards a bit bloated and repetitive at times and a small quibble in that the author did not keep me grounded in time. Dates were often missing or randomly mentioned and I struggled to put in perspective when things were happening vis a vis current events, and the age of the author, or age of the prisoner. But overall - a worthy read that will change hearts and minds. ( )
  jhowell | Jun 5, 2021 |
obtained a copy from church library. Finished reading in two days. It's an okay book, nothing controversial about IT. ( )
  allthingsgo | May 24, 2021 |
This should be mandatory reading. ( )
  SallyElizabethMurphy | May 20, 2021 |
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[Introduction] I wasn't prepared to meet a condemned man.
The temporary receptionist was an elegant African American woman wearing a dark, expensive business suit--a well-dressed exception to the usual crowd at the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee (SPDC) in Atlanta, where I had returned after graduation to work full time.
[Postscript] On a warm Good Friday morning, I walked out of a Birimingham jail with an innocent man who had been condemned on Alabama's death row for nearly thirty years.
[Author's Note] With more than two million incarcerated people in the United States, an additional six million people on probation or paraole and an estimated sixty-eight million Americans with criminal records, there are endless opportunities for you to do something about criminal justice policy or help the incarcerated or formerly incarcerated.
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