WOW!! This movie was amazing. Watch it!! For anyone who has ever wondered how our justice system really works, you must watch this documentary to show the challenges that these courageous public defenders face every single day. My favorite public defender in this documentary was Travis Williams. Travis grew up without a mother or father and was raised by his grandmother, he fights very hard for his clients and sets a high expectation for himself in order to attain acquittal verdicts for them. Travis has accumulated a wall of framed “Not Guilty” verdicts of clients that he has helped maintain their innocence. He states that the clients who received a guilty verdict’s names must be on display as well, he has chosen to display them in a form of a tattoo on his back. I would like to share one case in particular that Travis discusses in length in the documentary. A seventeen year old boy who was accused of armed robbery, in the state of Georgia if found guilty of armed robbery carries a minimum mandatory sentence of ten years in jail. The prosecution stated that the suspect held a knife to a pizza driver’s throat and robbed him for $96. The victim stated that the person committing the crime wore a mask and is unable to identify who robbed him. The defense, Travis, recalled that the driver’s statement that the criminal touched the pizza delivery vehicle on several occasions and prints were recovered by the police. Travis had not received any results because the prosecution never sent the prints to the lab to get tested. Believing his client’s claim to guiltlessness, Travis desperately needed the results of the prints to solidify his client’s innocence but, the public defender’s office does not have the means to test the prints. Travis states that he must “trick” the prosecution; he filed a motion to quash the fingerprint evidence from the case since it had not been tested, essentially forcing the prosecution to test the prints or have the evidence become inadmissible in court, the prosecution chose to test the prints. As Travis expected the results showed that neither his client nor his friend prints matched that of which were found on the vehicle. Travis was ready for trial or so he thought. The prosecution offered a deal to the second suspect for a less severe penalty and it was accepted. Travis’s client signed a plea deal, to robbery by intimidation, this carried a sentence of five years in prison but it would be up to the judge to enforce this time. Travis pleaded to the court to hand down a sentence of two years but his cries were not heard, the judge sentenced the young man to five years in prison, the boy was seventeen years old. On the same week Travis won the public defender of the year award, he stated that the award was bitter sweet due to the sentence of the young man received earlier that week. Travis’s dedication to his job is extraordinary, our judicial system would function more efficiently if more public defenders loved their jobs as much as he did. But with large caseloads, one hundred eighty cases per defender, minimum pay, and stressful days, many public defenders are leaving their positions to seek employment elsewhere.