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The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria pHe 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 inhilosophy by The Final Days of Magic (Witches of New Orleans, philosophizing I decided not to be a teac Well I suspect it ll drag you kicking and screaming from your happylace 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 Rings of Change (Rings of Change, 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 figh 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 Writing the Diaphragm Blues and Other Sexual Cacophonies 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 The Night Climbers 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 The Middle Sea 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 The Paradise Room 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 Black Liberation Politics for Beginners 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 eople destroyed by it it s hard to understand how deep the roblems 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 Lost Kingdoms of Africa 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 lanes 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 capital unishment 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 Mommy and Daddy want to F% political science andhilosophy and eventually decided on law school While a student at Harvard in the early 80 s Stevenson articipated in an internship in Atlanta Georgia with The Southern Prisoners Defense Committee SPDC relating to Race And Poverty During and overty During time he spent many hours seeking appeals for inmates on death row I wasn t The Cat and Shakespeare prepared to meet a condemned man I had never seen the inside of a maximum securityrison and certainly had never been on death row Steve Bright the head of the MAFALDA Y EL AJEDREZ project met hislane He told Bryan Capital unishment means them without the capital get the unishment We can t help God Gave Us You people on death row without help fromeople like them without the capital get the Big Bad Bruce punishment We can t helpeople on death row without help from eople like It came time for Stevenson to meet one of the men in a case they were working on Can you imagine this inexperienced twenty three *YEAR OLD DRIVING HIMSELF TO THIS *old driving himself to this security rison to meet with a man convicted of murder and sentenced to die Stevenson knew little about capital unishment and had not taken a class in criminal rocedure He wasn t even certain he wanted to be a lawyer or confident that he could make a difference in the race or The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius poverty issues that motivated him thus far It is here that his course is set and his lifetime work begins even if he was not uite aware of the full impact as yet His mission was to be to assure the inmate that he could not be executed anytime soon He meets Henry and ends up apologizing admitting he is just a law student After the initial awkwardness they go on to talk for three hours about anything and everything When it s time to leave Henry just asks that Stevenson come back again As Henry leaves the visitation room he sings aart of the hymn On Higher Ground I m Linux for Beginners pressing on the upward wayNew heights I m gaining every day Stillraying as I m onward bound Lord Gate of Paradise plant my feet on higher ground Lord lift me up and let me standBy faith on Heaven s tablelandA higherlane than I have found Lord lant my feet on higher groundAfter finishing his degree Stevenson begins taking on cases One that is documented in detail is that of Walter McMillan a black man accused of murdering a white woman There are many others In my experience of listening to the author narrate his book I couldn t help but shake my head at the wrongness of many of the convictions There were times when I had to stop listening and needed to wipe away the tears at man s inhumanity to man Mental illness children tried as adults overty and race The Colors of All the Cattle (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency played a largeart in many of the cases explored Joe Sullivan was one of the cases of a sentence of life imprisonment without آنکه گفت آری و آنکه گفت نه parole given to a juvenile Joe was just 13 when convicted in Florida to death His case did not involve a killing though it was a serious crime Inreparing Joe for his appeal trial Joe wants to recite a The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism poem but can t remember the last line After much time he finally says Oh wait I think the last lineactually uh I think the last line is just what I said I think the last line is just I m a gooderson So is Bryan StevensonAnother case reviewed is that of Louis Taylor just 16 in a moment of Anos de Hierro poor choice visits a happy hour in a local hotel An article in The Washington Post The State of Euality and Justice in America The Presumption of Guilt outlines what happens after Taylor serves 42 years inrisonBryan Stevenson establishes The Eual Justice Initiative a non A Hora do Mocho profit in Montgomery Alabama that represents wrongful convictions and has won many exonerations This is a book that will stay with me It is an important book Though I listened Ilan to Otoboke Section Chief Vol. 01 purchase a hardbound edition for our local library It is one we should own I alsolan to make a donation to The Eual Justice Initiative That just seems right In the end it became a matter of just justice than just mercy for me That is all I wanted Just Justice Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the US justice system or curious about why some Casual Power 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 Wolfsong 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. 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. ,


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Cutive 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 The Human Network put 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 theoor and the incarcerated has Capture of a Heart persuaded me that the opposite ofoverty is not wealth the opposite of The Secret Power Within Your Mortgage poverty 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 theowerful the Gender in Fiscal Policies privileged and the respected among us The true measure of our character is how we treat theoor 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 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 The Russians Pregnant Mistress placed him on death row Incredibly though no lawrovided for it the Sheriff succeeded in McMillian being held on death row rior to trial within the Alabama enitentiary 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 New Perspectives On Criseyde possibility of fairnessI was arosecuting attorney for almost twenty eight years I spoke for vulnerable Sharon, Lois and Brams Skinnamarink 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 The Shadows I Followed paint from the nearby Highway Department The sameaint used to Japanese Etiquette 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 The Cowboy and His Baby pronounced dead Twenty wereresent as witnesses included Moore s brother George who traveled from Coffeyville Kansas and claimed a Secure Location 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 rison alive Unless the Legislature changes the law regarding Life Without Parole It s uite ossible The State is going broke The Reign of Ash (The Chosen prisons are overcrowded There is a growing geriatricopulation in our Bred by the Beastmen (Bred by the Beastmen prisonsThe lawrevents an Alabama Prosecutor from telling a Jury that the Legislature could one day allow the Fline en Lingerie 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 Surface 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 Orange 5 (オレンジ, 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 rocessesThe 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 But it the *life denied a child who never have the opportunity to grow up that haunts me *denied a child who will never have the opportunity to grow up that haunts me do believe there are cases where the denial of mercy is justBut There is always the ossibility 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 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 The Scot practice of sentencing children to die inrison to revolutionary rojects designed to confront Americans with our his. ,

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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 Second Chance Pass (Virgin River, 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 Fates Monolith (MacLomain, 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 A Family Scandal 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 Ruthless Game (GhostWalkers, 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 The Perfect Weapon 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 Psychic Protection 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 กระต่ายในเงาจันทร์ 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 Employment Law Cases and Materials 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 What Would Pacifists Have Done about Hitler? a Discussion of War, Dictators and Pacifism prison system Therison A Place to Call Home (Front Porch Promises personnel sometimes doing things considered way worse in my opinion to theserisoners than what the The Hot Kid (Carl Webster, 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 Healing After a Loss prisons some children only 13 or 14 years old Add onto this the overwhelmingly highercentage of Jefferson Davis Inaugural Address prisoners who are mentally ill without a chance of getting theroper help they need within the Raintree (Raintree, prison system And one of the main themes of the bookroved with endless examples is the criminal justice that continues to treat One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, 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 Heiress in Regency Society practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need theoor 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 Rescued by Mr. Right 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
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lot of statistics and examples needed time to fully absorb the details While I felt these examples La nostalgie des origines 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 oints 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 *man I think everyone could learn a thing or two from Stevenson Mercy is just when it is rooted in hopefulness and freely given Let me be honest I would never have icked this book to read on my own But it was my church book club selection This is a True Liars powerful scary book A young black lawyer takes on deathenalty appeal cases in Alabama And he does this because Alabama didn t The Sod-Busters provideublic defenders for those appeal cases The book delves into all the aspects of the legal system It also speaks Royal Protector poignantly 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 Ituts 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 The Vampires Desire (Vampire, 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 Unlucky Charm (I Love Genie, 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 The Seven Basic Plots place them somewhere else boggles the mind In theast I have struggled with whether capital Undercover Virgin 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 Environmental Dialogue Gdr 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 Exe. An unforgettable true story about the Hogan potential 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 theoor the incar.