Death penalty topic of Possley’s speech

Death penalty topic of Possley's speech
As a criminal justice reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Maurice Possley has investigated and published award winning stories about the death penalty in several states.

He will speak in Vermillion at 4 p.m. Nov. 29 in Farber Hall. His talk is titled, "What's Wrong with the Death Penalty? A Journalist's Perspective."

Possley's reporting was cited by former Illinois Governor George Ryan as playing a significant role in his decision to institute a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois in 2000 and to empty Death Row in 2003 by commuting all death sentences in Illinois.

Possley coverage has been extensive, including the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh; the case against Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski; and the culmination of the grand jury investigation of the murder of JonBen�t Ramsey.

In the past several years, Possley has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize on two occasions for work on prosecutorial misconduct and the death penalty. He has been the recipient of many distinguished awards including the Thurgood Marshall Journalism award, and the Silver Gavel award from the American Bar Association.

As well, Possley has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs such as NPR, Good Morning America, and Court TV, as a legal commentator.

Recent books include Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth and The Brown's Chicken Massacre.

Possley appearance is sponsored by The Farber Center for Civic Leadership, Political Science League, and Amnesty International.

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