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Just Mercy
Updated: 5/17/2020
Just Mercy
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  • Outside the courthouse, reporters gather and describe the context of the case, stating the key witness (Ralph Myers), the circumstances around Walter's conviction, and the purpose of today's hearing; to request a re-trial for Mr. McMillan.
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  • People file into the courtroom, and the judge calls court to session. McMillian and Stevenson enter, and Stevenson gives his opening statement, calling Ralph Myers to the stand.
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  • Stevenson begins his questioning, asking Myers about the truthfulness of his testimony. Myers keeps saying "I don't know" or "I don't remember", despite being very clear outside the courtroom that he had lied during the original trial. 
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  • Noticing that seeing the prosecutor and sheriff is making Myers nervous, Stevenson moves to block them out of his line of sight. After this, he begins recanting his previous testimony, offering hope for McMillian's exoneration, or the possibility of a re-trial.
  • After Myers finishes his testimony, other witnesses, experts, and evidence are presented to the court, each proving that McMiIlian's trial was unfair, and implying his innocence. The prosecutor doesn't make any strong points to the contrary, and things look hopeful.
  • After the hearing, the judge sets a date when he will give his verdict. Court is dismissed, and out in the parking lot McMillian gets a chance to see his wife and kids.
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