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of other evidence find a receptive
audience. Even the felon whose
false testimony placed McMillan at
the murder scene was revealed to be
a sympathetic figure and yet another
victim of a corrupt law enforcement
and prosecutorial system. Stevenson
was also helped by an Ed Bradley
reported 60 Minutes piece which
shed a national spotlight on the
McMillan travesty of justice.
One of the first and most shocking
abuses revealed is that McMillan
was held in a cell on death row
even prior to his trial. Just Mercy
does a credible job allowing this
and other blatant racist acts speak
for themselves.

movie) was himself exonerated
after thirty years behind bars. Bryan
Stevenson has indeed been a force
for justice reform and continues his
efforts through the Equal Justice
Initiative. According to its website,
"Mr. Stevenson and his staff have
won reversals, relief, or release
from prison for over 135 wrongly
condemned prisoners on death
row and won relief for hundreds
of others wrongly convicted or
unfairly sentenced".
Just Mercy is certainly well acted and
tells a moving and important story.
What stuck with me, however, other
than the aforementioned execution
scene, is the final post-credits text:

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Stevenson ultimately achieves
been executed in the U.S., one
success for his client and in a closing
person on death row has been
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