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    Weʼve raised £1,819 to help Sarah qualify as a death penalty lawyer.

    Dorset, England
    Funded on Saturday, 4th June 2022

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    Story

    Lockdown

    COVID-19 has been unimaginable for so many of us. Unspeakable grief, loss, and separation. Except for key workers, we have all been confined to our homes many of us isolated without access to the outdoors with the command to “stay home, protect the NHS and save lives”.

    But consider being under lockdown in an even smaller space, possibly the size of your bathroom, alone, for twenty-three hours a day. And with the only thing to look forward to after an indeterminate period is death.

    This is the fate awaiting many on death row in America.

    But the prisoner has been through the court system and found guilty.

    for every ten people on death row who are executed, at least one person on death row is innocent.

    "Killing the Innocent: The Death Penalty and Miscarriages of Justice", by Dr. Bharat Malkani, Law School, the University of Birmingham (now a senior lecturer at Cardiff University).

    Consider the case of James Beathard in Texas. Beathard’s sentence hinged on the court testimony of one man who later publicly recanted. But under a bizarre law in Texas, no new evidence is allowed in death penalty cases after 30 days. So, another innocent man went to his death.

    To represent those paying for their alleged actions with their lives requires a unique blend of passion and skill. And so I have set up a page for someone with those qualities who will gain her qualifications and fairly represent those on Death Row.

    Sarah Lily Brunsdon

    No one could accuse Sarah of being born into privilege. Coming from an unhappy home is sadly not unusual these days. But going on to achieve excellent GCSE and ”A” levels whilst “sofa surfing”, living in multiple foster situations and finally being institutionalized as a result of sexual exploitation is remarkable.

    Battling homelessness in Liverpool and against all the odds, Sarah gained a place to study English at the University of Liverpool. Despite being a victim of domestic abuse, Sarah went on to read for a Master’s degree in social policy graduating in 2019, and obtaining work at a non-profit organization where she advises on rehousing the homeless. Working as she does with the socially excluded, offenders and the vulnerable became the catalyst for Sarah’s passion for the law. Sarah is convinced that her background of social abuse and institutionalized living provides her with an insight into the world of the underdog.

    In 2020 Sarah joined LifeLines, the charity that supports and befriends prisoners on America’s Death Row through writing letters. Sarah now has two friends on the Row with whom she corresponds regularly. Sarah had found the focus for her energy and commitment. With Clive Stafford Smith’s advice, the leading human rights lawyer, Sarah decided to pursue her qualifications in law to help those imprisoned on Death Row.

    What can I do to help those on Death Row?

    One way is by ensuring that the prisoner gets fair representation in court. Help me sponsor Sarah Lily Brunsdon, whom I have never met but whose integrity and singularity of purpose - wanting to fight for those seeking justice - has impressed me.

    Sarah needs to take an LLM degree and sit the bar examination in America. This LLM degree will attract funding through loans or scholarships. But Sarah will find the first step difficult because taking the preliminary SQE essentials preparation course offers no access to funding.

    Sarah's path will not be an easy one as the University of Law's preparation course fees alone cost £3500. To pay her rent and live, Sarah will have to continue to work full-time. But if everybody reading this crowdfunding page who is able to can donate just £5 to Sarah’s fund, it will go directly into paying her course fees.

    (If you would like to subscribe to an occasional update on Sarah’s progress, please contact me with your email address.)

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    • Ian Stuart1 year ago
      Ian Stuart

      Ian Stuart

      1 year ago

      Syndication of Sarah's story in the 5 August 2021 edition of PICK ME UP secured the balance of our funding appeal meaning that thanks to YOUR generosity we secured over £2000. This funding allowed Sarah to undertake her course. MANY thanks to all who contributed and made this enrollment possible.

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    • Ian Stuart1 year ago
      Ian Stuart

      Ian Stuart

      1 year ago

      Sarah has surpassed her initial goal of £1500 but whilst we wait for the syndication of her story we will keep the goal at £3500 - the full cost of the preparation course. A donation will ensure that Sarah is able to take this initial course before going on to study for her LLM law degree - which she can get a scholarship/loan to contribute to the £13,000 cost (this preparatory course costing £3500 attracts no governmental funding). Please help Sarah help others. No donation is too small.

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    • Ian Stuart1 year ago
      Ian Stuart

      Ian Stuart

      1 year ago

      Because of the interest in Sarah's story, I am revising the amount asked for on the crowdfunding page. Having spoken with Sarah we have decided to put down the full cost of the SQE essentials preparation course, £3500. Sarah will still have the LLM law degree costs of £13,000 but she can add that to the mountain of debt that she (and most students in this country) will have. What you have contributed to (and others will follow I hope) is the preparation course for that degree that does not allow applications for government-backed funding.

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    71

    • Paola

      Paola

      Aug 28, 2021

      I hope you reach your target and so can fund your training and carry out this good work to help people on Death Row.

      £20.00

    • Richard

      Richard

      Jun 26, 2021

      Received a hand written letter through my door, appreciate the time taken. Good luck.

      £10.00

    • Samantha Horley

      Samantha Horley

      Jun 21, 2021

      You’re inspiring. Good luck to you.

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 19, 2021

      £5.00

    • Lindesay

      Lindesay

      Jun 6, 2021

      From a LifeLines member - good luck, Sarah, and thank you for committing to give so much to people who so desperately need it.

      £10.00

    • Belvedere friend

      Belvedere friend

      Jun 4, 2021

      Dear Sarah - as promised I have donated towards your goal. I am aware how difficult childhood can be without the love and belief of people around you. Wishing you every success :)

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 23, 2021

      Good luck Sarah, never stop xx

      £5.00

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