October 29, 2010
review: Angel of Death Row
Angel of Death Row
author: Andrea D. Lyon
I have been a long-time fan of Law and Order and all its spin-offs. Needless to say, their lawyers are prosecutors; Andrea Lyon is not. She is a defense attorney who had her start as a Public Defendor. This memoir, therefore, gave me a viewpoint of a different kind of attorney.
Lyon's clients are poor, downtrodden, damaged people and despised by the public. Andrea fights the establishment, fights racism, fights unjust judges. She goes to court in capital cases knowing her clients most likely are guilty of serious atrocious crimes; it is in her DNA to argue against the death penalty.
Nineteen times she has taken these capital cases through the penalty phase and won them all.
Lyon has written an unforgettable memoir; she explains the nuances of the law that make it easy for the reader to understand. She describes several cases and clients --- she makes you care. She is a much better person than I, she is full of empathy and humor.
FSB Associates sent me this book for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation.