“Lynching Then, Lynching Now”: National Teach-in Focusing on the Death Penalty

The Innocence & Justice Clinic is pleased to announce that Wake Forest School of Law was selected as one of 5 sites in North Carolina to host this national tour that explores the complex issues involving race and the death penalty in America. The visits in North Carolina are being sponsored by the NC Coalition for a Moratorium to commemorate the passage of the NC Racial Justice Act. The NC Racial Justice Act is a unique piece of legislation in American death penalty jurisprudence. The bill basically allows for a court to review whether racial bias led to a capital prosecution or a death sentence.

The event is open to the public and will be held on March 31, 2010 from 12:00 to 2:00pm, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center. Lunch will be provided to all those in attendance.

Keynote Speaker

Stephen Bright, a nationally-recognized expert in litigating death penalty cases, teaches at Harvard, Yale and Georgetown and is President and Senior Counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights.

Panel Discussion

A panel discussion immediately follows the keynote address by Stephen Bright. Below are the featured panelists:

  • Rep. Larry Womble – Sponsor of the NC Racial Justice Act bill in NC House of Representatives
  • Rep. Earline Parmon – Sponsor of the NC Racial Justice Act bill in House of Representatives
  • S. Mark Rabil – Asst. Capital Defender, attorney for Darryl Hunt, Co-director of Innocence & Justice Clinic
  • Darryl Hunt – Exoneree (wrongfully convicted of rape/murder, spent 19 years in prison before being exonerated)
    Founder and Director of Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice

We look forward to seeing you at this historic, provocative and engaging presentation.