By Andrea D Lyon
Nineteen instances, demise penalty protection attorney Andrea D. Lyon has represented a consumer came across to blame of capital homicide. Nineteen occasions, she has argued for that individual’s existence to be spared. Nineteen instances, she has succeeded. Dubbed the "Angel of demise Row" by means of the Chicago Tribune, Lyon was once the 1st girl 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 circumstances. jam-packed with court drama, tragedy, and redemption, Angel of demise Row is a impressive inside of examine what drives Lyon to protect those that look indefensible—and to win. there has been Annette who used to be 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 whilst she visited him in prison. there has been Lonnie, whose psychological disease made him approximately most unlikely to save lots of until eventually the daughter who remembered his larger self spoke on his behalf. there has been Deirdre, who shared Lyon’s wary optimism that her wrongful conviction could eventually be overturned, permitting her to work out her grandchildren born whereas she used to be in felony. And there has been Madison Hobley, the fellow whose identify made overseas headlines whilst he used to be wrongfully charged with the homicide of his kinfolk and sentenced to demise. those consumers depended on Lyon with their stories—and their lives. pushed by way of an overpowering experience of justice, equity, and morality, she fought for them within the court and within the raucous streets, staying by way of 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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I knocked loudly. A tall, handsome, shirtless young man opened the door. He looked silently at me, and I knew he knew who I was. “You best come in,” he said, resigned. I walked into the front room. ” he asked. “No,” I said. G. stepped back and looked at me appraisingly: a young white woman in a white cotton suit and purple blouse, with high heels on, clutching a briefcase and still breathless from a fourteen-floor hike up the stairs of an all-black housing project. ” he asked, a hint of a smile on his lips.
While finding my voice politically and my niche socially, I was formulating a grand plan for my future, which I announced at the dinner table when I was just fifteen. Over Caesar salad and meat loaf, I declared that I wanted to be a lawyer. My dad looked up from his meat loaf. ” he asked. “A lawyer,” I replied. ” I wanted to help people stand up against the might of government, which I saw as corrupt and oppressive. I was serenely confident that I could change society for the better, apparently on my own.
I joined in the political discussions that sprang up everywhere in those days, signed petitions, and eventually marched. I even joined a gospel music group called Spirit of Soul. I didn’t mind singing Christian gospel songs. I was not a religious Jew, and I had always preferred Aretha Franklin to the Beatles. Spirit of Soul was intentionally racially diverse and performed concerts around the city wearing (I am not kidding) colorful dashikis. My political companions became my friends, which gave me the confidence to socialize with others as well.
Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer by Andrea D Lyon