The Plaintiff And Justice In Just Mercy By Bryan Stevenson

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In a real-life trial within a courtroom, there are two sides: the plaintiff and defense. The plaintiff’s role is to prosecute the defendant with a crime, and the defense’s role is to vindicate the defendant of the crime accused. To do so, a story must be told, followed by an argument with evidence as aid. The person in charge of the final verdict is the judge or the jury. In the book, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, the readers become the jury and Stevenson is the lawyer who is presenting the injustice within the case of Walter McMillian.
The way Stevenson wrote the book Just Mercy is in the style of a courtroom trial where there is a story told, then an argument made. He uses the story part of the book to set the mood before he presents the
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After visiting McMillian’s family, Stevenson receives the phone call from Houston that McMillian was innocent, and that he can prove it. A witness named Bill Hooks testified that he went to the dry cleaners the day Ronda Morrison was killed. “’ […] Bill was working on a car in the shop with me. There ain’t but one way out of the store; he never left the entire morning…’” (106). Although Stevenson already had an idea that Hooks and the other witnesses were lying, he never had evidence to prove that they were. All the witnesses from the prosecution side had no reliable alibi’s and their stories never matched up, but McMillian was still persecuted for the crime that he did not commit. This gave Stevenson a lot of leverage since he finally got the one thing he needed to prove McMillian’s innocence, but the prosecutors were a step …show more content…
Furious, Stevenson set up a meeting with Tom Chapman, the new district attorney for McMillian’s trial. “’A perjury indictment seems like a tactic designed to intimidate and discourage people from coming forward with evidence that contradicts the State’s case…” (111). Stevenson saw that charging Houston with perjury was unfair since no investigation was done before charging Houston. He also noticed the abuse of power that has been happening. Chapman was indifferent to the McMillian’s innocence, and he did not care about what was right or wrong. He only cared about convicting someone of the crime to make the community happy, even if that means they have to threaten anyone who gets in their way.
When Houston hears that the charges of perjury has been dropped, he was happy, yet scared. Houston did not want to be threatened when all he wanted was the truth to be told and heard. “I got in my car with the sinking realization that if everyone who tried to help us on this case was going to be threatened, it would be very difficult to prove Walter’s innocence” (113). Again, Stevenson shows that there is an abuse of power happening in the case. Anyone who tries to go against the case would be threatened and kept quiet just so that one person can be convicted unfairly and

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