By Andrea D Lyon
Nineteen occasions, demise penalty safeguard legal professional Andrea D. Lyon has represented a shopper chanced on to blame of capital homicide. Nineteen occasions, she has argued for that individual’s lifestyles to be spared. Nineteen instances, she has succeeded. Dubbed the "Angel of dying Row" through the Chicago Tribune, Lyon used to be the 1st lady to function lead lawyer in a dying penalty case. all through her occupation, she has defended these accused of heinous acts and argued that, regardless of their guilt or innocence, they deserved an opportunity at redemption. Now, for the 1st time, Lyon stocks her tale, from her early paintings as a felony reduction lawyer to her founding of the heart for Justice in Capital instances. jam-packed with court docket drama, tragedy, and redemption, Angel of demise Row is a impressive inside of examine what drives Lyon to guard those that look indefensible—and to win. there has been Annette who was once suspected of murdering her personal daughter. there has been Patrick, the convicted assassin who thirsted for wisdom and shared his love of books with Lyon while she visited him in penal complex. there has been Lonnie, whose psychological ailment made him approximately very unlikely to save lots of until eventually the daughter who remembered his greater self spoke on his behalf. there has been Deirdre, who shared Lyon’s wary optimism that her wrongful conviction could ultimately be overturned, permitting her to work out her grandchildren born whereas she was once in felony. And there has been Madison Hobley, the fellow whose identify made overseas headlines whilst he was once wrongfully charged with the homicide of his kinfolk and sentenced to loss of life. those consumers relied on Lyon with their stories—and their lives. pushed via an overpowering feel of justice, equity, and morality, she fought for them within the court docket and within the raucous streets, staying via their facets as they struggled via actual tragedy and triumphed in startling methods. Angel of demise Row is the compelling memoir of Lyon's strange trip and groundbreaking occupation.
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A Mother Accused 8. The Pregnant Woman Defense 9. Life and Redemption 10. Supreme Judgments 11. Whose Case Is It, Anyway? 12. Injustice Is My Business Epilogue Acknowledgments Reader’s Guide About the Author FOREWORD THERE IS CERTAINLY room for debate about whether nature or nurture plays a greater role in many aspects of human life, but it seems clear that zealous criminal defense attorneys are born to the task. Fighting the establishment is in their DNA. Defending the unpopular is inherent in their nature.
Sometimes we radicalized students would simply walk out of class at a predetermined time to assemble on the grass outside, a sea of denim and T-shirts. Once, my mother came to retrieve me after I had marshaled one such walkout and the school had called her in. She successfully talked the administration out of suspending me and smiled at everyone as we headed to the car, haranguing me sotto voce the whole time: “Must everything be a political statement with you, Andrea? ” Why she didn’t kick me remains a mystery.
We know it as a statistical matter, since the vast majority of people charged with crime in America, and in other civilized countries, are guilty. Thank goodness for that! Imagine living in a country where the majority of people charged with crime were innocent! That might be true of Iraq, Iran, or China, but certainly not of the United States. So we can safely assume that our clients are no different from the statistical norm; a majority of them are probably guilty. (If anything, my appellate clients are more likely to be guilty than those of a typical trial lawyer, since my clients have already passed through the most significant check on prosecutorial error or abuse: the trial.