Lecture on Death Penalty
by Staff ◊ Oct 15, 2010
The Willingham Abolition Society, a student organization at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, is hosting a lecture by Bob Curley, an activist who supports an end to the death penalty, on Monday, October 18, at 3pm in the Grand Courtroom in the School of Law Center at Quinnipiac. The event is free and open to the public.
In his lecture, “From Rage to Redemption: A Father’s Journey,” Curley will share his story and powerful plea for an end to the punishment he once supported.
In 1997, Curley’s 10-year-old son, Jeffrey, was abducted and killed by pedophiles from his hometown of Cambridge, Mass. In the wake of his son’s murder, Curley was determined to see his son’s killers put to death. He was an outspoken supporter of the effort to reinstate the death penalty in his home state of Massachusetts. After years of channeling the pain of his loss into rage, Curley had an encounter with two other murder victims’ family members who opposed the death penalty. The encounter set Curley on a road that ultimately led him to oppose the death penalty himself.
“The Willingham Abolition Society is bringing this event to students at the law school and the surrounding community to bring an often overlooked viewpoint of the death penalty debate: the families of victims often times do not want or support the death penalty,” said Denise Graham, vice president of the Willingham Abolition Society at Quinnipiac.
This event is co-sponsored by the A.J. Muste Institute, Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society, and Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty. For more information, please call 203.582.8652.
The mission of the Willingham Abolition Society is to foster the discussion of, and promote education about, issues relating to the death penalty. Cooperating with local and national organizations, the society advocates for the abolition of the death penalty in Connecticut, as well as in other states and in the federal jurisdiction.
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