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Just Mercy: Sentenced to Death For a Murder He Didn’t Commit, Relieved from Death Row

Just Mercy is a 2019 movie that focused on the story of a Human Rights Attorney, Bryan Stevenson, and his fight against racial injustice.

Just Mercy: Sentenced to Death For a Murder He Didn't Commit, Relieved from Death Row

A black man, Walter McWilliam, was sentenced to death in August 1988. He was charged for the murder of a teenage girl, Ronda Morrison, in Monroeville, Alabama.

Just Mercy: Sentenced to Death For a Murder He Didn't Commit, Relieved from Death Row

Despite witnesses that he was with his family on the day of the murder, his trial lasted less than two days. He was convicted based on the false testimony of a criminal.

Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative in 1989. He was at the time a young black lawyer fresh out of Harvard University. He worked to free wrongly convicted people from prison and to challenge the racial prejudice he also experienced.

The movie, Just Mercy, was produced by Warner Brothers. It starred Jamie Foxx as Walter and Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson.

Just Mercy: Sentenced to Death For a Murder He Didn't Commit, Relieved from Death Row

It highlights the horror of capital punishment, not considering if an inmate is guilty or not.

The movie was later released for free viewing in June this year on digital platforms. It was as a result of the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Stevenson and his staff have won freedom and other relief for more than 135 people on death row, according to the Equal Justice Initiative.

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