Has much changed since Atticus Finch valiantly tried to save a wrongly accused black man? After reading Circumstantial Evidence you might feel not nearly enough. Pete Earley became interested in Monroeville Alabama's shocking murder case after discovering several eerie similarities between it and Harper Lee's work of fiction that made the town famous. Earley took on an impossible task to collect and collaborate with those connected to the actual story in an impartial yet unforgiving eye opener. Circumstantial Evidence reads like a well written fiction, and by the time you're three chapters deep, you'll wish it was.
Circumstantial Evidence has been described as "Fascinating, riveting, and depressing". It leaves us with almost more questions than answers. Every time you think you know the answer, Earley provides details that will completely undo the case. Initial errors due to the ineffectual detective work of the local police department, render the case virtually unsolvable. Yet when another woman is murdered in a neighboring town, a suspect is arrested and is soon tied to the original murder. A local man, Jonny D McWilliam is placed on trial and is soon found guilty and sentenced in a gross injustice of the court system. Luckily for Johnny D, a young lawyer named Bryan Stevenson has taken it upon himself to find the truth and hope that it is enough to set him free.
It would have been fairly easy to write an account of this murder case and point the finger of racism, but Pete Earely takes a fair-minded approach. Earley deals out facts and points out the illogical flaws of a tainted justice system. His close work with Bryan Stevenson makes this jagged pill a little easier to swallow now that we know there are good men who want to right the system. If reading Circumstantial Evidence doesn't leave you both enraged and hopeful then it isn't doing it's job. Although the case doesn't end the way anyone would want, there's the silver lining that a man no longer sits punished for a crime he didn't commit. If you enjoyed Earley's Circumstantial Evidence, I would highly suggest you read Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy and find comfort that even a flawed justice system can be righted.
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ISBN 0553763563 EAN 9780553763560 Publisher Bantam Publish Date Aug 1, 1995 Copyright Date Aug 1, 1995 Binding Paperback