“True justice is us, making it real through our own actions . . .”

Christmas 2013 Pender Correctional Institution Burgaw, NC

Christmas 2013
Pender Correctional Institution
Burgaw, NC

My good friend Brenda Wilson just recommended I read Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, by Sidney Powell.

So I went to Amazon and read the abstract, and then the comments by reviewers. One comment, from a professor at the University of Texas, Austin, struck me very forcibly:
“This book is a testament to the human will to struggle against overwhelming odds to right a wrong, and a cautionary tale to all that true justice doesn’t just exist as an abstraction apart from us. True justice is us, making it real through our own actions and our own vigilance . . .”
“Goodness me!” I said to myself, “this man could be talking about John Lee’s case!”
Railroaded and sent to Death Row, a convenient patsy for someone else’s crime, John Lee has spent twenty-three years “struggling against overwhelming odds to right this wrong.”
Fortunately for him, he now has a wonderful legal team and a circle of staunch supporters, as well as all the good people who continue to give so generously to help us “make justice real for him through our own actions and our own vigilance.”
It has been a long fight, and we are still fighting it. There have been times when I have wept with discouragement, but then I look up at a quote pinned on the wall above my desk and feel my spine stiffen:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” ––Mark Twain.

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