Can you imagine what it would it be like to serve time in jail or prison? How about death row where you know your days in this life are limited & in someone else’s hands? Crazy, right? What if you faced all that for a crime you didn’t even commit?
“Just Mercy”, based on true life events, tells the story of Walter McMillan’s unfair conviction of an 18 year old woman in a small town in Alabama. To his luck, Bryan Stevenson, a then recent Harvard graduate & pro bono lawyer took his case & resonated with it. Working together, they were eventually able to get the Supreme Court of Alabama to drop all charges & free Mr. McMillian.
Although this particular story was one that ended happily (after 6 years).. it still send chills up my spine. It’s a song that we have heard all too often about unfair trials & unjust punishments many of our citizens face. At the same time, it makes me appreciate the times we are in now where I’m able to move around a lot more freely than those did before me, women & blacks.
I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this movie won a Golden Globe, Oscar, or some other prestigious award. Viewers in the theater laughed, cried, cringed & even yelled at the appropriate times. Well done to the producers & actors. This was an incredible story on it’s own & you did it Justice with your depiction.