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  • Leila Pine
    Joan Cheever to speak about what happened to the men who walked off Death Row after the U.S. Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in 1972 6 pm. Monday,
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2006
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      Joan Cheever to speak about what happened to the men who walked off
      Death
      Row after the U.S. Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in 1972

      6 pm. Monday, Nov. 6 --Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
      426 W. Gilman St., Madison, WI 53703

      Contact: Joan M. Cheever, backfromdeadusa@..., 210-241-3771
      (cell)
      Josh Noble, Field Director, No Death Penalty Wi 414-530-9971,
      9971,josh@...
      Allen Ruff, The Rainbow Book Store: 608-257-6050,
      allen@...

      For Immediate Release

      What would happen if the United States abolished the death penalty
      and
      emptied its Death Rows? If killers were released from prison? What would
      they do with their second chance to live? Would they kill again?

      Joan M. Cheever, author of Back From The Dead: One woman's search for
      the
      men who walked off America's death row (John Wiley & Sons 2006) will
      tell
      the story of what happened to the 589 former death row inmates who,
      through
      a lottery of fate, were given a second chance at life in 1972 when the
      death
      penalty was abolished. The death penalty returned to the United States
      four
      years later.

      Back From the Dead also includes new, up-to-date recidivism data and
      statistics from 1972 to 2005 on these inmates who escaped their date
      with
      death in the summer of '72 when the U.S. Supreme Court abolished the
      death
      penalty in the case of Furman v. Georgia.

      During the years Cheever represented Walter Williams on Texas'
      Death
      Row, she always wondered what would happen if his death sentence was
      reversed and he was eventually released from prison. Would he have
      killed
      again? Two years after Williams' execution, Cheever was determined to
      find
      the answer. Leaving her young family and comfortable life in suburbia,
      she
      traveled across the U.S. and into the lives and homes of former Death
      Row
      inmates, armed only with a tape recorder, notepad, a cell phone that
      didn't
      always work, and a lot of faith. In Back from the Dead , Cheever
      describes
      her own journey and reveals these tales of second chances: of tragedy
      and
      failure, racism and injustice, and redemption and rehabilitation.

      Joan M. Cheever is an award-winning legal affairs journalist and
      a
      former managing editor of The National Law Journal. Cheever received her
      Bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University. a Master's in
      journalism from Columbia University and her law degree from St. Mary's
      University. She is a member of the bar in the states of Texas, New York
      and
      Connecticut.





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