18th World Day Against the Death Penalty: Access to counsel – A matter of life or death
October 6, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT
Join Amnesty International for our annual celebration of World Day Against the Death Penalty. Every year, Amnesty International, and others around the globe, mark this day to raise awareness about the ultimate violation of human rights — the death penalty. We’ll hear from experts in the field about the ways in which inadequate defense counsel produces horrendous injustices. You will have an opportunity to submit questions for the panelists. This will be a virtual event so that you can join from wherever you are.
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y3zsgdce
Rodrick Reed: Rodrick Reed is Rodney Reed’s younger brother and the Vice President of Reed Justice Initiative- a family-led collaborative established by the Reeds with the mission of amplifying death penalty abolition initiatives and efforts to establish statewide prosecutorial conduct commissions. Rodrick’s family is from Bastrop, Texas. They have been fighting to prove Rodney’s innocence and to free him from the very beginning when Rodney was wrongfully convicted of the murder and rape of Stacey Stites and sentenced to death in May 1998.
Rebecca Woodman, – Attorney of Wesley Purkey, Ms. Woodman has specialized in death penalty defense for over two decades, having represented persons facing the death penalty at trial, on appeal, in state post-conviction and federal habeas corpus. She has argued death penalty cases in both state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
Marc Bookman: For over 20 years he worked in the Philly public defender’s office and then became the director of ACCR, the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation. He’s trained death penalty lawyers across the US and has consulted on DP cases all over the country at the state and federal level.