Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) acts as spiritual counselor to Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn), who is on death row for the rape and murder of two teenagers. In her search for the truth Sister Prejean empathizes with the victims, their families, and their killer. Check out Dead Man Walking from the law library.
Inspired by a true story, Murder in the First is the story of a prison inmate at Alcatraz, Henri Young (Kevin Bacon), who spent three years in solitary confinement with nothing – no light, no toilet – for trying to escape. He emerges from the dark hole a confused, vengeful shell of the man he was. He immediately kills the convict who ratted on him. He is put on trial for the murder, and his attorney, James Stamphill (Christian Slater), argues that the extenuating circumstances caused Young to commit murder, and turns the focus of the trial to the actions of the warden and the conditions at Alcatraz.
In A Question of Silence a court-appointed psychiatrist examines three women, all strangers to each other, who confess to murdering a shop manager. The women’s hatred of men and the male-dominated society drove them to commit the murder and makes the psychiatrist question her own nature.
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Call Number: KF8745.S67A3 2013
From the Publisher:
An instant American icon — the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court — tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.’s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. Through her still-astonished eyes, America’s infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book, destined to become a classic of self-discovery and self-invention, alongside Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father.
Directed by Errol Morris, The Thin Blue Line is based on the true story of a hitchhiker, Randall Dale, who was convicted of murdering a police officer in 1976. The film was the first movie to solve an actual murder and get a conviction overturned.