Quiz 3: Leadership, Ethics and Democracy

  1. How does Stevenson describe the financial status of Marsha Colbey and her husband Glen? Had they travelled to New York before? Why were they in New York City?

Marsha Colbey and her husband, Glen, were a poor family from Alabama with six children. Their situation worsened after Hurricane Ivan when they lost their home and job. The family travelled to New York for the first time when Marsha spoke at a fundraiser for the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)…

  1. Who was Kathleen Enstice? What was her job title? What did her work entail? How does Stevenson describe her testimony before the court? Did the state find her testimony to be reliable?

Kathleen Enstice was a forensic pathologist who worked for the state of Alabama. She was summoned by the court to help exhume the body of Marsha Colbey’s child, examine it and offer her expert opinion on how the child died…

  1. Was Walter McMillian the first person ever released from death row after being proven innocent? How often did releases from death row occur according to Stevenson? Did these releases from death row receive very much public attention in Stevenson’s view?

Walter McMillian was a man of color, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a young white woman. He was later proven not guilty and freed from the death row. According to Stevenson, one out of nine death row inmates is wrongly convicted. Throughout his career at EJI…

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