St. Thomas hosts death penalty discussion

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March 22, 2004 // UPDATED 10:20 am - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Students at the University of St. Thomas Law School and the National Lawyers Guild are hosting a panel discussion with community leaders opposed to the death penalty Monday, March 29 at the law school.

The forum comes on the heels of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's recommendation to the Legislature in January that the state reinstate the death penalty through a state constitutional amendment.

Speakers lined up for the event include Archbishop Harry Flynn, who serves as head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; Mary Streufert, an advocate of nonviolence whose daughter, Carin, was raped and murdered in 1991; John Bessler, an attorney and adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School who has written a book on the history of lynch mobs and executions in the state; and Michael O'Connor, an assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School and one of the country's leading capital defenders.

Those who attend the forum are encouraged to engage in discussion with the speakers.

The forum, organized by the school's Law Democrats, will be held 4-6 p.m. in the law school's atrium at 1100 LaSalle Ave.