By Andrea D Lyon
Nineteen occasions, demise penalty protection attorney Andrea D. Lyon has represented a consumer stumbled on accountable of capital homicide. Nineteen occasions, she has argued for that individual’s lifestyles to be spared. Nineteen occasions, she has succeeded. Dubbed the "Angel of dying Row" by means of the Chicago Tribune, Lyon was once the 1st girl to function lead lawyer in a loss of life penalty case. all through her occupation, she has defended these accused of heinous acts and argued that, irrespective 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 guts for Justice in Capital instances. jam-packed with court docket drama, tragedy, and redemption, Angel of dying Row is a notable within examine what drives Lyon to guard those that appear 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 whilst she visited him in penal complex. there has been Lonnie, whose psychological ailment made him approximately very unlikely to avoid wasting till the daughter who remembered his higher self spoke on his behalf. there has been Deirdre, who shared Lyon’s wary optimism that her wrongful conviction may ultimately be overturned, permitting her to determine her grandchildren born whereas she was once in criminal. And there has been Madison Hobley, the fellow whose identify made foreign headlines while he used to be wrongfully charged with the homicide of his kinfolk and sentenced to demise. those consumers relied on Lyon with their stories—and their lives. pushed through an overpowering feel of justice, equity, and morality, she fought for them within the court and within the raucous streets, staying via their facets as they struggled via genuine 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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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. It takes a certain amount of inborn contrariness to be the one person in the world whose job it is to stand up for those whom the vast majority of people want to see imprisoned or executed.
Frankly, I was broke, so living with my mother in Evanston was an attractive option. While preparing for the bar, though, I needed to begin my job search. Graduating from law school does not automatically hook one into the legal world. Many law students have family or friends well situated in the profession; I did not. My unconventional alma mater and my age, just twenty-three, added to the challenge. And, oh yes, there was the fact that I was female. Few women were established in the legal profession in 1976.
It is a difficult message that continues to confound, and to engender controversy, but it lies at the core of any civilized concept of justice. Andrea Lyon and others who question authority and argue with the “gods” of our criminal justice system continue the great tradition of the biblical Abraham. Like Abraham, they often lose, but like Abraham, they provoke, challenge, confound—and keep the system honest. This conundrum existed in ancient times, and it exists now. Lyon’s life—as a lawyer, a clinical professor, and a person—and her deep respect for her clients tell us why these questions continue to matter and, most important, why we should care about those whom society is all too ready to forget.
Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer by Andrea D Lyon