A Lesson Before Dying Chapter Summary

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Walter’s appeals were denied and despite many desperate arguments by Bryan in his defense, the court was not changing their mind. He soon hired Michael, an assisting attorney and former heroin addict. With their investigations, they discovered that Bill Hooks was paid by the sheriff to provide false testimony and plenty more incriminating evidence that only proved that Walter was innocent. Out of nowhere, Ralph Meyers contacted Bryan and wanted to talk to him. When Bryan got to the prison, Ralph admitted his whole testimony was a lie, and that he was threatened the death penalty by the police if he did not testify against Walter. He also admitted that he did not actually know anything about the murder of the woman, and only decided to come…show more content…
However, like Martin Luther King Jr., who Bryan mentions in this chapter, he too would not give up, and it was his perseverance and strength that led to monumental change. The chapter also discusses how victims are supposed to be equal, however because of class, race, and gender politics, a middle class white boy who was murdered is going to take precedence over a lower class black girl who was also murdered. This is what happened to Vicki Pittman’s case, which was ignored simply because she was of lower class. As much as the law claims to be objective and by the book, too many shady and illegal things occur behind the scenes to favor a certain defendant over another, such was the case with Ralph Myers who was paid to testify against Walter. Although Ralph at this point has openly admitted his testimony was false, this is almost useless because he has already been accredited as a liar and untrustworthy, because of his constant contradictory statements. There were even laws that increased the involvement of the victims’ families in trials and executions, which violates the defendant’s right to a “fair” trial because family involvement will only create bias against the
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