I read Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy” over the weekend after seeing the veteran civil rights attorney on a Tavis Smiley re-airing.  

The book describes some of the legal maneuvering that lands many folks on death row, irrespective of counsel.  I was absolutely floored by the story of Walter McMillian and other folks who become, basically, throwaways inside the prison systems throughout this country.

Stevenson tells some heartbreaking stories about these unfortunate souls and how they try to maintain some semblance of humanness while fighting for their lives in the name of justice.

The saddest part of this journey is that I know my way around Alabama a little bit from having been there many times over the past 30 years.  And, I’m well-aware of their view about outsiders deep in the Heart of Dixie.

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