Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

By Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, New York, 336 pages, $28

, New York Law Journal


Bryan Stevenson has written a gripping memoir that details his modest upbringing, Harvard education, struggles as a black lawyer in the Deep South, frustrations in representing the poor, building a successful public interest law practice from scratch, and triumphs against a criminal justice system that too often (at least 152 times since 1973) sentences innocent people to die.

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