Stephen Bright, panel to discuss race and the death penalty on March 31

The Wake Forest Innocence & Justice Clinic is pleased to announce that Wake Forest University School of Law has been selected as one of five sites in North Carolina to host a national tour that explores the complex issues involving race and the death penalty in America.

The national teach-in focusing on the death penalty entitled, “Lynching Then, Lynching Now,” featuring keynote speaker Stephen Bright will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 31, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center on the Wake Forest University campus.

Bright, president and senior counsel for the Southern Center for Human Rights, is a nationally-recognized expert in litigating death penalty cases who teaches at Harvard, Yale and Georgetown universities. The event is free and open to the public.

The tour’s North Carolina visits are sponsored by the N.C. Coalition for a Moratorium to commemorate the passage of the N.C. Racial Justice Act. The N.C. 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.

“We look forward to seeing you at this historic, provocative and engaging presentation,” said Carol A. Turowski, co-director, Innocence & Justice Clinic.

A panel discussion will immediately follow Bright’s keynote address. The featured panelists are:

• N.C. Rep. Larry Womble – co-sponsor of the N.C. Racial Justice Act bill in N.C. House of Representatives

• N.C. Rep. Earline Parmon – co-sponsor of the N.C. Racial Justice Act bill in N.C House of Representatives

• S. Mark Rabil – assistant capital defender, attorney for Darryl Hunt, and co-director of the Wake Forest Innocence & Justice Clinic

• Darryl Hunt – exoneree after being wrongfully convicted of rape/murder and spending 19 years in prison before being exonerated and founder and director of Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice