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Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean
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Mar 09, 2011

really liked it
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I saw about half the movie about two weeks ago, and it peaked my interest to know the whole story. I suppose some people would think Sister Helen a soft hearted woman and think her response to this man typical of a nun, but to me one of the best parts about this account is her wrestling with all the issues the death sentence brings up. The poor are more likely to be given the death penalty, the wierd laws surronding appeals, the political reality of the South, free defense attorneys who literaly do not know what they are doing, etc We in IL know all to well how people inncocent of the particular crime can be placed on death row.. makes you wonder how many have been executed. Now that I am reading this I am fairly sure I cannot support the death penalty, but I am not sure what the answer is when it seems more and more really angry sick people commit such heinous crimes.
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