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Hands and barsIn the movie ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling in a character-defining moment reveals that when she was 10 years old, she awoke one night to the sound of spring lambs screaming as they were being led to the slaughter.

She snuck out of bed and crept into her uncle’s barn. “I took one lamb, and I ran away as fast as I could… I thought, I thought if I could save just one.”

In some ways, that reminds me of what’s happening in prisons and jails across the country, where about 2.3 million people are behind bars and the coronavirus is inexorably spreading—and where Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld senior counsel Mira Baylson just saved one man. 

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Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene is editor of The Litigation Daily and author of the "Daily Dicta" column. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached at jgreene@alm.com.

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