The Death Penalty In The Confession By John Grisham

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Across America, certain states allow their governments to make use of the death penalty for a myriad of crimes. The methods through which it is attained is often as controversial as the act itself. In the tale of The Confession by John Grisham, the city of Slone, Texas comes to terms with the severe ramifications that come with taking someone's life, whether it be condoned by the law or not. In the case of Donté Drumm, a young football player is accused of killing Nicole Yerber, a popular cheerleader who was supposedly dating him at the time. He was forced into a confession by means of psychological torture. After nine years, Donté is killed for a crime he did not commit. The town unearths the reality that taking someone's life is a permanent action which cannot be undone when a mistake is made. The Confession takes a closer look at what the death penalty really means by not only looking at the statistics but the emotional toll it takes on the people connected to it too, explaining how the death penalty is fundamentally wrong and looking at ways to open people's eyes to the truth of it. The haunting race to save the life of Donté Drumm is largely told from the vantage point of Travis Boyette, the actual criminal who escaped punishment; Robbie Flak, the defense lawyer who has taken on the task of fighting the state of Texas in Donté’s name; and Keith Schroeder, an outsider whose life becomes entangled and influenced by Donté’s plight. Each of them are equally important as

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