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wrong turn into the office She took a beat to compose herself, then summoned me over to confide that she was leaving in a week to work at a real law office I wished her luck An hour later, she called my office to tell me that Robert E Lee was on the phone I smiled, pleased that Id misjudged her she clearly had a sense of humor.Thats really funny.Im not joking Thats what he said, she said, sounding bored, not playful Line two.I picked up the line.Hello, this is Bryan Stevenson May I help you Bryan, this is Robert E Lee Key Why in the hell would you want to represent someone like Walter McMillian Do you know hes reputed to be one of the biggest drug dealers in all of South Alabama I got your notice entering an appearance, but you dont want anything to do with this case.Sir This is Judge Key, and you dont want to have anything to do with this McMillian case No one really understands how depraved this situation truly is, including me, but I know its ugly These men might even be Dixie Mafia.The lecturing tone and bewildering phrases from a judge Id never met left me completely confused Dixie Mafia Id met Walter McMillian two weeks earlier, after spending a day on death row to begin work on five capital cases I hadnt reviewed the trial transcript yet, but I did remember that the judges last name was Key No one had told me the Robert E Lee part I struggled for an image of Dixie Mafia that would fit Walter McMillian.Dixie Mafia Yes, and theres no telling what else Now, son, Im just not going to appoint some out of state lawyer whos not a member of the Alabama bar to take on one of these death penalty cases, so you just go ahead and withdraw.Im a member of the Alabama bar.I lived in Atlanta, Georgia, but I had been admitted to the Alabama bar a year earlier after working on some cases in Alabama concerning jail and prison conditions.Well, Im now sitting in Mobile Im not up in Monroeville any If we have a hearing on your motion, youre going to have to come all the way from Atlanta to Mobile Im not going to accommodate you no kind of way.I understand, sir I can come to Mobile, if necessary.Well, Im also not going to appoint you because I dont think hes indigent Hes reported to have money buried all over Monroe County.Judge, Im not seeking appointment Ive told Mr.McMillian that we would The dial tone interrupted my first affirmative statement of the phone call I spent several minutes thinking wed been accidentally disconnected before finally realizing that a judge had just hung up on me.I was in my late twenties and about to start my fourth year at the SPDC when I met Walter McMillian His case was one of the flood of cases Id found myself frantically working on after learning of a growing crisis in Alabama The state had nearly a hundred people on death row as well as the fastest growing condemned population in the country, but it also had no public defender system, which meant that large numbers of death row prisoners had no legal representation of any kind My friend Eva Ansley ran the Alabama Prison Project, which tracked cases and matched lawyers with the condemned men In 1988, we discovered an opportunity to get federal funding to create a legal center that could represent people on death row The plan was to use that funding to start a new nonprofit We hoped to open it in Tuscaloosa and begin working on cases in the next year Id already worked on lots of death penalty cases in several Southern states, sometimes winning a stay of execution just minutes before an electrocution was scheduled But I didnt think I was ready to take on the responsibilities of running a nonprofit law office I planned to help get the organization off the ground, find a director, and then return to Atlanta.When Id visited death row a few weeks before that call from Robert E Lee Key, I met with five desperate condemned men Willie Tabb, Vernon Madison, Jesse Morrison, Harry Nicks, and Walter McMillian It was an exhausting, emotionally taxing day, and the cases and clients had merged together in my mind on the long drive back to Atlanta But I remembered Walter He was at least fifteen years older than me, not particularly well educated, and he hailed from a small rural community The memorable thing about him was how insistent he was that hed been wrongly convicted.Mr.Bryan, I know it may not matter to you, but its important to me that you know that Im innocent and didnt do what they said I did, not no kinda way, he told me in the meeting room His voice was level but laced with emotion I nodded to him I had learned to accept what clients tell me until the facts suggest something else.Sure, of course I understand When I review the record Ill have a better sense of what evidence they have, and we can talk about it.But look, Im sure Im not the first person on death row to tell you that theyre innocent, but I really need you to believe me My life has been ruined This lie they put on me is than I can bear, and if I dont get help from someone who believes meHis lip began to quiver, and he clenched his fists to stop himself from crying I sat quietly while he forced himself back into composure.Im sorry, I know youll do everything you can to help me, he said, his voice quieter My instinct was to comfort him his pain seemed so sincere But there wasnt much I could do, and after several hours on the row talking to so many people, I could muster only enough energy to reassure him that I would look at everything carefully.I had several transcripts piled up in my small Atlanta office ready to move to Tuscaloosa once the office opened With Judge Robert E Lee Keys peculiar comments still running through my head, I went through the mound of records until I found the transcripts from Walter McMillians trial There were only four volumes of trial proceedings, which meant that the trial had been short The judges dramatic warnings now made Mr.McMillians emotional claim of innocence too intriguing to put off any longer I started reading.Even though he had lived in Monroe County his whole life, Walter McMillian had never heard of Harper Lee or To Kill a Mockingbird. Monroeville, Alabama, celebrated its native daughter Lee shamelessly after her award winning book became a national bestseller in the 1960s She returned to Monroe County but secluded herself and was rarely seen in public Her reclusiveness proved no barrier to the countys continued efforts to market her literary classicor to market itself by using the books celebrity Production of the film adaptation brought Gregory Peck to town for the infamous courtroom scenes his performance won him an Academy Award Local leaders later turned the old courthouse into a Mockingbird museum A group of locals formed The Mockingbird Players of Monroeville to present a stage version of the story The production was so popular that national and international tours were organized to provide an authentic presentation of the fictional story to audiences everywhere.Sentimentality about Lees story grew even as the harder truths of the book took no root The story of an innocent black man bravely defended by a white lawyer in the 1930s fascinated millions of readers, despite its uncomfortable exploration of false accusations of rape involving a white woman Lees endearing characters, Atticus Finch and his precocious daughter Scout, captivated readers while confronting them with some of the realities of race and justice in the South A generation of future lawyers grew up hoping to become the courageous Atticus, who at one point arms himself to protect the defenseless black suspect from an angry mob of white men looking to lynch him.Today, dozens of legal organizations hand out awards in the fictional lawyers name to celebrate the model of advocacy described in Lees novel What is often overlooked is that the black man falsely accused in the story was not successfully defended by Atticus Tom Robinson, the wrongly accused black defendant, is found guilty Later he dies when, full of despair, he makes a desperate attempt to escape from prison He is shot seventeen times in the back by his captors, dying ingloriously but not unlawfully.Walter McMillian, like Tom Robinson, grew up in one of several poor black settlements outside of Monroeville, where he worked the fields with his family before he was old enough to attend school The children of sharecroppers in southern Alabama were introduced to plowin, plantin, and pickin as soon as they were old enough to be useful in the fields Educational opportunities for black children in the 1950s were limited, but Walters mother got him to the dilapidated colored school for a couple of years when he was young By the time Walter was eight or nine, he became too valuable for picking cotton to justify the remote advantages of going to school By the age of eleven, Walter could run a plow as well as any of his older siblings.Times were changingfor better and for worse Monroe County had been developed by plantation owners in the nineteenth century for the production of cotton Situated in the coastal plain of southwest Alabama, the fertile, rich black soil of the area attracted white settlers from the Carolinas who amassed very successful plantations and a huge slave population For decades after the Civil War, the large African American population toiled in the fields of the Black Belt as sharecroppers and tenant farmers, dependent on white landowners for survival In the 1940s, thousands of African Americans left the region as part of the Great Migration and headed mostly to the Midwest and West Coast for jobs Those who remained continued to work the land, but the out migration of African Americans combined with other factors to make traditional agriculture less sustainable as the economic base of the region.By the 1950s, small cotton farming was becoming increasingly less profitable, even with the low wage labor provided by black sharecroppers and tenants The State of Alabama agreed to help white landowners in the region transition to timber farming and forest products by providing extraordinary tax incentives for pulp and paper mills Thirteen of the states sixteen pulp and paper mills were opened during this period Across the Black Belt, and acres were converted to growing pine trees for paper mills and industrial uses African Americans, largely excluded from this new industry, found themselves confronting new economic challenges even as they won basic civil rights The brutal era of sharecropping and Jim Crow was ending, but what followed was persistent unemployment and worsening poverty The regions counties remained some of the poorest in America.Walter was smart enough to see the trend He started his own pulpwood business that evolved with the timber industry in the 1970s He astutelyand bravelyborrowed money to buy his own power saw, tractor, and pulpwood truck By the 1980s, he had developed a solid business that didnt generate a lot of extra money but afforded him a gratifying degree of independence If he had worked at the mill or the factory or had had some other unskilled jobthe kind that most poor black people in South Alabama workedit would invariably mean working for white business owners and dealing with all the racial stress that that implied in Alabama in the 1970s and 1980s Walter couldnt escape the reality of racism, but having his own business in a growing sector of the economy gave him a latitude that many African Americans did not enjoy.That independence won Walter some measure of respect and admiration, but it also cultivated contempt and suspicion, especially outside of Monroevilles black community Walters freedom was, for some of the white people in town, well beyond what African Americans with limited education were able to achieve through legitimate means Still, he was pleasant, respectful, generous, and accommodating, which made him well liked by the people with whom he did business, whether black or white.Walter was not without his flaws He had long been known as a ladies man Even though he had married young and had three children with his wife, Minnie, it was well known that he was romantically involved with other women Tree work is notoriously demanding and dangerous With few ordinary comforts in his life, the attention of women was something Walter did not easily resist There was something about his rough exteriorhis bushy long hair and uneven beardcombined with his generous and charming nature that attracted the attention of some women.Walter grew up understanding how forbidden it was for a black man to be intimate with a white woman, but by the 1980s he had allowed himself to imagine that such matters might be changing Perhaps if he hadnt been successful enough to live off his own business he would have consistently kept in mind those racial lines that could never be crossed As it was, Walter didnt initially think much of the flirtations of Karen Kelly, a young white woman hed met at the Waffle House where he ate breakfast She was attractive, but he didnt take her too seriously When her flirtations became explicit, Walter hesitated, and then persuaded himself that no one would ever know.After a few weeks, it became clear that his relationship with Karen was trouble At twenty five, Karen was eighteen years younger than Walter, and she was married As word got around that the two were friends, she seemed to take a titillating pride in her intimacy with Walter When her husband found out, things quickly turned ugly Karen and her husband, Joe, had long been unhappy and were already planning to divorce, but her scandalous involvement with a black man outraged Karens husband and his entire family He initiated legal proceedings to gain custody of their children and became intent on publicly disgracing his wife by exposing her infidelity and revealing her relationship with a black man.For his part, Walter had always stayed clear of the courts and far away from the law Years earlier, he had been drawn into a bar fight that resulted in a misdemeanor conviction and a night in jail It was the first and only time he had ever been in trouble From that point on, he had no exposure to the criminal justice system.When Walter received a subpoena from Karen Kellys husband to testify at a hearing where the Kellys would be fighting over their childrens custody, he knew it was going to cause him serious problems Unable to consult with his wife, Minnie, who had a better head for these kinds of crises, he nervously went to the courthouse The lawyer for Kellys husband called Walter to the stand Walter had decided to acknowledge being a friend of Karen Her lawyer objected to the crude questions posed to Walter by the husbands attorney about the nature of his friendship, sparing him from providing any details, but when he left the courtroom the anger and animosity toward him were palpable Walter wanted to forget about the whole ordeal, but word spread quickly, and his reputation shifted No longer the hard working pulpwood man, known to white people almost exclusively for what he could do with a saw in the pine trees, Walter now represented something worrisome.Fears of interracial sex and marriage have deep roots in the United States The confluence of race and sex was a powerful force in dismantling Reconstruction after the Civil War, sustaining Jim Crow laws for a century and fueling divisive racial politics throughout the twentieth century In the aftermath of slavery, the creation of a system of racial hierarchy and segregation was largely designed to prevent intimate relationships like Walter and Karensrelationships that were, in fact, legally prohibited by anti miscegenation statutes the word miscegenation came into use in the 1860s, when supporters of slavery coined the term to promote the fear of interracial sex and marriage and the race mixing that would result if slavery were abolished For over a century, law enforcement officials in many Southern communities absolutely saw it as part of their duty to investigate and punish black men who had been intimate with white women.Although the federal government had promised racial equality for freed former slaves during the short period of Reconstruction, the return of white supremacy and racial subordination came quickly after federal troops left Alabama in the 1870s Voting rights were taken away from African Americans, and a series of racially restrictive laws enforced the racial hierarchy Racial integrity laws were part of a plan to replicate slaverys racial hierarchy and reestablish the subordination of African Americans Having criminalized interracial sex and marriage, states throughout the South would use the laws to justify the forced sterilization of poor and minority women Forbidding sex between white women and black men became an intense preoccupation throughout the South.In the 1880s, a few years before lynching became the standard response to interracial romance and a century before Walter and Karen Kelly began their affair, Tony Pace, an African American man, and Mary Cox, a white woman, fell in love in Alabama They were arrested and convicted, and both were sentenced to two years in prison for violating Alabamas racial integrity laws John Tompkins, a lawyer and part of a small minority of white professionals who considered the racial integrity laws to be unconstitutional, agreed to represent Tony and Mary to appeal their convictions The Alabama Supreme Court reviewed the case in 1882 With rhetoric that would be quoted frequently over the next several decades, Alabamas highest court affirmed the convictions, using language that dripped with contempt for the idea of interracial romance The evil tendency of the crime of adultery or fornication is greater when committed between persons of the two races Its result may be the amalgamation of the two races, producing a mongrel population and a degraded civilization, the prevention of which is dictated by a sound policy affecting the highest interests of society and government.This inspiring book will ignite compassion in young readers and show connections between the history of slavery, Reconstruction, and the present day Kirkus Reviews,starred review Compassionate and compelling, Stevensons narrative is also unforgettable Booklist,starred reviewPraise for Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption Spiegel Grau , on which the young adult edition is based Just Mercy is every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways so It demonstrates, as powerfully as any book on criminal justice that Ive ever read, the extent to which brutality, unfairness, and racial bias continue to infect criminal law in the United States But at the same time that Bryan Stevenson tells an utterly damning story of deep seated and widespread injustice, he also recounts instances of human compassion, understanding, mercy, and justice that offer hope Just Mercy is a remarkable amalgam, at once a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.David Cole, The New York Review of BooksA searing, moving and infuriating memoir Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be Americas Mandela For decades he has fought judges, prosecutors and police on behalf of those who are impoverished, black or both Injustice is easy not to notice when it affects people different from ourselves that helps explain the obliviousness of our own generation to inequity today We need to wake up And that is why we need a Mandela in this country.Nicholas Kristof, The New York TimesUnfairness in the justice system is a major theme of our age This book brings new life to the story by placing it in two affecting contexts Bryan Stevensons life work and the deep strain of racial injustice in American life You dont have to read too long to start cheering for this man Against tremendous odds, Stevenson has worked to free scores of people from wrongful or excessive punishment, arguing five times before the Supreme Court The book extols not his nobility but that of the cause, and reads like a call to action for all that remains to be done The message of the book, hammered home by dramatic examples of one mans refusal to sit quietly and countenance horror, is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made Just Mercywill make you upset and it will make you hopeful Stevenson has been angry about the criminal justice system for years, and we are all the better for it.Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review Inspiring a work of style, substance and clarity Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, hes also a gifted writer and storyteller The Washington PostAs deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty The Financial TimesBrilliant The Philadelphia InquirerNot 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 Gods work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope Just Mercyis his inspiring and powerful story.John GrishamBryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes, perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today, and Just Mercyis extraordinary The stories told within these pages hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice.Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim CrowA distinguished NYU law professor and MacArthur grant recipient offers the compelling story of the legal practice he founded to protect the rights of people on the margins of American society Emotionally profound, necessary reading Kirkus Reviews starred review, Kirkus Prize Finalist A passionate account of the ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged Booklist starred review From the frontlines of social justice comes one of the most urgent voices of our era Bryan Stevenson is a real life, modern day Atticus Finch who, through his work in redeeming innocent people condemned to death, has sought to redeem the country itself This is a book of great power and courage It is inspiring and suspensefula revelation.Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other SunsWords such as important and compelling may have lost their force through overuse, but reading this book will restore their meaning, along with ones hopes for humanity.Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains Bryan Stevenson is Americas young Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all Just Mercy should be read by people of conscience in every civilized country in the world to discover what happens when revenge and retribution replace justice and mercy It is as gripping to read as any legal thriller, and what hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation.Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate just mercy 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Equal Initiative, clinical professor University School LawBased Montgomery, Alabama, Initiative BRYAN STEVENSON Executive Director Initiative Alabama Mr widely public interest who career helping poor, incarcerated condemned need talk about injustice TED Talk engaging cameo appearances grandmother Rosa Parks human rights shares hard truths starting massive imbalance lines third country black male population point their lives Talk Subtitles Transcript Law He won relief dozens prisoners, argued five times before Supreme Court, national acclaim challenging against poor color Charleston Our Real Problem May spent minorities Ala advocacy group Stevenson decades, tireless reform civil organization, EJI rescued Opening Session Sally Yates PLA Conference Wednesday, March PM Pennsylvania Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C excited welcome our Opening speaker served Deputy Attorney General Department DOJ under Obama administration January then briefly Acting Equal Nov private, nonprofit 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    • Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice
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    • Bryan A Stevenson
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    • 17 April 2017

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