Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
This is just an awesome story of a lawyer who made it his life’s work to fight for the underdog and do all he can to get them justice. He started a non-profit legal office in Alabama to help people in need of serious legal help like those facing execution, the wrongly convicted, teens sentenced to die in prison and others. He spends long hours working, searching for funding, visiting prisoners, and working on cases. After you get so far in the book, you can see why it’s won several awards, and they are making a movie about this man’s story with top actors, due out in January.
The book is well-written and flows easily. I had a hard time putting it down and forcing myself to go to sleep, even after staying up past dawn reading it. He shares different cases he worked on and some things that went on during some that were pretty crazy. I couldn’t help but be moved by it, amazed by it, and impressed by it. It’s a great biogragraphy with a lot of legal discussion. This was a Goodreads win.
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau – 368 pages
Publication: Aug 18th, 2015
RATED: 5/5 Stars
The Author – Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.