Justice Revisited

An innocent man is finally freed from Alabama's death row

FOR THE RESIDENTS OF MONROEVILLE, ALABAMA, the case of Walter McMillian was life eerily imitating art. McMillian, a black man accused of a murder he didn't commit, watched his drama unfold in the place considered the setting for the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, a wrenching tale of racial injustice in the white-picket world of the rural South.

McMillian spent the past six years on Alabama's death row for the 1986 murder of a young white woman and always argued that racial prejudice figured in his fate. Although half a dozen witnesses testified that he'd been home at a fish...

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