By Judy Elliot
Until he was a Harvard Law School student, Bryan Stevenson had never been inside a maximum security prison.
Then he signed up for a one-month course on race and poverty litigation and found himself in Georgia as an intern with the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee. The group took on cases of Death-Row inmates, prisoners with no lawyers to represent them.
In his book, “Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption,” Stevenson, who finished law school and changed by his work with Death-Row prisoners, founded the Equal Justice Initiative, writes as a man who believes “we have to pay attention to justice served with equal measure.”
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LINCOLN — Supporters of retaining the death penalty in Nebraska turned in thousands more signatures than necessary on Wednesday to suspend the repeal and place the issue before voters. Continue reading: Omaha.com
Nearly six years before Navarro County prosecutor John Jackson used a jailhouse snitch to help send Cameron Todd Willingham to his death, Jackson made similar use of an inmate informant in a different death penalty trial.
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If a majority of the Supreme Court justices eventually strike down the death penalty as unconstitutional, Henry Lee McCollum may be an important reason why. Perhaps that will provide some small comfort to him, given the 30-year ordeal he suffered on death row in North Carolina as an innocent man. Continue reading: The Conversation
Juan Melendez spent 17 years, eight months, and one day on Florida’s death row for a crime he did not commit, before being exonerated in 2002 when the transcript of a confession by the real murderer came to light – evidence that had been withheld by the prosecutor. Juan received no assistance and no compensation from the state of Florida in the wake of his exoneration.
Sabrina Butler was a Mississippi teenager convicted of murder and child abuse in the death of her nine-month-old son, Walter Dean. She was later exonerated of all wrongdoing . . . Continue reading: The Conversation
David Bruck, a 66-year-old, Canadian-born capital expert, who graduated from the University of South Carolina law school, will return to the Palmetto State to tackle yet another challenging assignment representing a high-profile defendant.
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