Discuss all of the evidence Stevenson presented to show that Walter did not commit the offenses charged in the book ‘Just Mercy’
Many United States citizens will find this book painful to read, demoralizing and even shameful. In an interview with Terry Gross of Fresh Air, a National Public Radio show, Bryan Stevenson stated that Walter McMillians case was challenging because even after presenting evidence that Walter McMillian did not commit the crime, the first few judges refused to grant relief. In fact, it took six years before Walters conviction was overturned.
Even so, in Chapter 13, we learn that prosecutors are immune from civil liability in wrongful conviction cases even when their egregious misconduct results in innocent people being sent to death row or even if they intentionally and illegally withhold evidence of innocence (pp. 246-247).
Write a report on the following:
(a). Discuss all of the evidence Stevenson presented to show that Walter did not commit the offenses charged.
(b). Why did it take so much time, effort and perseverance to get the legal system to confront its mistakes? How could this have been changed?
(c). Are the remedies that already exist for prosecutors who engage in illegal conduct (they can be criminally punished and/or professionally disciplined) enough punishment thereby justifying immunity from civil liability? Why or why not?
(d). What kind(s) of emotional state(s) did the book bring up in you?
(e). Is this a book about combating racism? What is this book about?
Your paper should be three pages, typed, and double-spaced. The margins should be one inch from left to right and from top to bottom. The font size and style should be
12 pica, Times New Roman.
There should be a separate cover page on which you will write your name, the class name and section, the date, and the title of the assignment.Tags: commit, discuss, evidence, offenses, presented, stevenson, walter