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Book Review: Grace and Justice on Death Row: The Race Against Time and Texas to Free an Innocent Man

By Kira West

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Grace and Justice on Death Row: The Race Against Time and Texas to Free an Innocent Man

By Brian W. Stolarz
Skyhorse Publishing (2016) 


No good deed goes unpunished. That’s especially true for members of the criminal defense bar. So why do we do it? Because some of us, especially Brian Stolarz, have faith that there is a reward greater than money and the faith that doing the right thing, regardless of the consequences to you personally, will ultimately turn to good for those that believe. Mr. Stolarz repeatedly references his religious, Catholic upbringing in the book and his reliance on prayer. A true believer, he has three powerful weapons at his disposal:

  • Faith in his God and the love of his family.
  • Unwavering inner strength and resilience.
  • Personality plus and the smarts to go with it.

He needs all of these weapons to attempt to win the freedom for a wrongly convicted death row inmate, Dewayne Brown, whom he refers to throughout the book as his brother because he felt a kinship right awa

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