OPINION: Why Andy Young seeks mercy for convicted killer Jamil Al-Amin
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By Bill Torpy, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Andrew Young is a national treasure located here in our backyard.
The civil rights hero/ambassador/mayor has for decades captivated crowds with homilies that resemble unfamiliar mountain roads — curvy and circuitous and leaving you with no idea of the ultimate destination.
He delivered such an oratory last week at Tyler Perry’s studio during an event to commemorate the Fulton County district attorney’s new Conviction Integrity Unit. The goal of the unit is to help free the wrongfully convicted or help shorten inordinately long prison sentences. The event featured some innocent men who had been imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit.
Young was his old raconteur self, talking about justice, race, the causes of crime, the cost of prisons, Martin Luther King Jr., German Shepherds and then, finally, about a case “that weighs heavy on my heart because I really think he was wrongfully convicted.”
Young said the man, a Muslim, had helped “clean up” Atlanta’s West End.
“I’m talking about Jamil Al-Amin,” he said, “H. Rap Brown.”