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The Death Penalty on Trial
Thursday, January 27, 2005

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Wine & Cheese Reception: 6:30 pm. Program: 7:00 pm
Admission: $15 • $10 for Institute Members or $35 Special Admission includes one copy of The Death Penalty on Trial (20% off ), $30 Members. RSVP — Limited Seating
Location: The Independent Institute Conference Center, Oakland, CA.
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Speakers
Bill KurtisBill Kurtis
TV anchor (Cold Case Files and American Justice) and author of the new book, The Death Penalty on Trial.
Franklin E. ZimringFranklin E. Zimring
U.C. Berkeley law professor and author of the new book, The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment.

Few issues in public policy elicit as much heated debate as capital punishment. Historically, supporters and opponents of the death penalty have divided along conservative and liberal lines. In recent years, however, advances in forensic science have lead to the exoneration of numerous death-row inmates, prompting many people to re-think their positions. How can the criminal justice system be reformed to reduce the number of wrongful convictions and yet protect the innocent against violent crime? Bill Kurtis, true-crime TV anchor (Cold Case Files and American Justice) and author of the new book, The Death Penalty on Trial, and U.C. Berkeley law professor Franklin Zimring, author of the new book, The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment, address this life-or-death issue.

The Death Penality on TrialThe Death Penality on Trial

“With a novelist’s touch, an award-winning career in investigative reporting, and a moral to preach against capital punishment, Bill Kurtis has turned out an important message and a gripping read.”
WALTER CRONKITE

Death Penalty on Trial is an engrossing look at the American system of capital punishment through the lens of two startling death-penalty cases. It exhibits the classic hallmarks of the best journalism-meticulous investigation, lucid writing, and a nose for great stories-and makes addictive reading.”
SCOTT TUROW, author of Presumed Innocent

Buy The Death Penality on Trial from Amazon.com for $16.50

 
The Contradictions of American Capital PunishmentThe Contradictions of American Capital Punishment

“Zimring is doing more than making a case for or against; he’s presenting an impressive array of facts, suggesting that the U.S. would be ‘a better nation’ if it exorcised those vigilante values.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“A thought-provoking and genuinely original book which deserves to become a classic.”
THE ECONOMIST

Buy The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment from Amazon.com for $10.85


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