Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer

Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer

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by Andrea D Lyon
     
 

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Nineteen times, death penalty defense lawyer Andrea D. Lyon has represented a client found guilty of capital murder. Nineteen times, she has argued for that individual’s life to be spared. Nineteen times, she has succeeded.

Dubbed the “Angel of Death Row” by the Chicago Tribune, Lyon was the first woman to serve as lead attorney in a

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Nineteen times, death penalty defense lawyer Andrea D. Lyon has represented a client found guilty of capital murder. Nineteen times, she has argued for that individual’s life to be spared. Nineteen times, she has succeeded.

Dubbed the “Angel of Death Row” by the Chicago Tribune, Lyon was the first woman to serve as lead attorney in a death penalty case. Throughout her career, she has defended those accused of heinous acts and argued that, no matter their guilt or innocence, they deserved a chance at redemption.

Now, for the first time, Lyon shares her story, from her early work as a Legal Aid attorney to her founding of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases. Full of courtroom drama, tragedy, and redemption, Angel of Death Row is a remarkable inside look at what drives Lyon to defend those who seem indefensible—and to win.

There was Annette who was suspected of murdering her own daughter. There was Patrick, the convicted murderer who thirsted for knowledge and shared his love of books with Lyon when she visited him in jail. There was Lonnie, whose mental illness made him nearly impossible to save until the daughter who remembered his better self spoke on his behalf. There was Deirdre, who shared Lyon’s cautious optimism that her wrongful conviction would finally be overturned, allowing her to see her grandchildren born while she was in prison. And there was Madison Hobley, the man whose name made international headlines when he was wrongfully charged with the murder of his family and sentenced to death.

These clients trusted Lyon with their stories—and their lives. Driven by an overwhelming sense of justice, fairness, and morality, she fought for them in the courtroom and in the raucous streets, staying by their sides as they struggled through real tragedy and triumphed in startling ways. Angel of Death Row is the compelling memoir of Lyon’s unusual journey and groundbreaking career.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607144342
Publisher:
Kaplan Publishing
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.32(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Andrea D. Lyon is Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases and Clinical Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Clinical Programs, at DePaul University College of Law. She began her career at the Cook County Public Defenders' Office, working her way up to Chief of the Homicide Task Force, a 22-lawyer unit that represents people accused of homicide.

Lyon has tried more than 130 homicide cases, both within the public defender's office and elsewhere. She has defended more than 30 potential capital cases at the trial level. Of these, she has taken 19 through the penalty phase, and won them all. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Angel of Death Row 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 170 reviews.
Kristen81 More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed when I started reading this book. It was all over the place. I skimmed the book and one or two of the chapters appealed to me the others did not.
SquareGal More than 1 year ago
I don't think all judges are he-man women haters, nor are all police officers racist, and for heavens sake not all prisoners are innocent. After praising herself for being a women, then pating herself on the back for being multicultural, the author felt it important to add DOZENS of dry facts. This is a book you can flip ahead 3 to 5 pages and miss nothing. I forced myself to read it because I waisted my money on it.
MrsG-EnglishTeacher More than 1 year ago
Ms. Lyon related her history clearly and without overwrought emotionalism-a skill I respected as she told stories that were devastating to read. As unimaginable as it must be to be the person on whom so many lives weigh upon, the narrative remained well written and compelling. I've just ordered A Mother Accused by Ms. Lyons. Earlier this year I read An Autobiography of an Execution, equally compelling.
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Ok book.
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openeyesKS More than 1 year ago
Andrea Lyon is my new hero. This book says so much about how much a person could be in jepordy without a lawyer who truly cares about their cause. I could never imagine myself in need of an defense attorney, but if I did I would definetly want Andrea Lyon. This book will have you in tears and make you truly see how our judicial system is very political. Andrea presents several cases and you will feel such emotion and the heatache her clients have gone through. Everyone should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book because my daughter is in this field. Never thought I would like it or learn so much about the behind the scenes of the court room. Once I started it I couldn't put it down! Easily readable (without tongue twisting legal jargon) & fascinating, the author draws u into the real life stories of deathrow. Once u read this u will always think twice about the death penalty!
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I loved this book, i can read it over and over
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This was an interesting read.
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