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Just Mercy


Just Mercy


Bryan Stevenson


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Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machinations, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

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Civil Rights and Discrimination | Criminology and Criminal Justice

Subject Headings (LCSH)

Equal Justice Initiative; Lawyers -- United States -- Biography; Social reformers -- United States -- Biography; Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States; Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- United States; Legal assistance to the poor -- United States


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