Freeing an innocent man
I've been playing bridge for a couple of months now and my sort-of-regular bridge partner is a public defender. Yesterday (we tied for third, by the way), I learned that she did the habeas corpus for the man whose death penalty case forms the basis of John Grisham's book about injustice in a small town in Oklahoma. She's not the one who handled the death penalty appeal ("the one who gets all the TV deals") but she's the one who set his exoneration into motion.
Would be good to have a job where the capacity to do good is so immediate. Although severe weather algorithms and improved forecasts do have an impact on the public, the effect is not that direct.
I've reserved the book at my public library.
at Thursday, July 12, 2007