FW: [CommunitiesUnited] [Fwd: "No Death Penalty - Wisconsin" Event, Monday, November 6th @ Rainbow]
- Joan Cheever to speak about what happened to the men who walked off
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
Josh Noble, Field Director, No Death Penalty Wi 414-530-9971,
Allen Ruff, The Rainbow Book Store: 608-257-6050,
For Immediate Release
What would happen if the United States abolished the death penalty
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
men who walked off America's death row (John Wiley & Sons 2006) will
the story of what happened to the 589 former death row inmates who,
a lottery of fate, were given a second chance at life in 1972 when the
penalty was abolished. The death penalty returned to the United States
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
death in the summer of '72 when the U.S. Supreme Court abolished the
penalty in the case of Furman v. Georgia.
During the years Cheever represented Walter Williams on Texas'
Row, she always wondered what would happen if his death sentence was
reversed and he was eventually released from prison. Would he have
again? Two years after Williams' execution, Cheever was determined to
the answer. Leaving her young family and comfortable life in suburbia,
traveled across the U.S. and into the lives and homes of former Death
inmates, armed only with a tape recorder, notepad, a cell phone that
always work, and a lot of faith. In Back from the Dead , Cheever
her own journey and reveals these tales of second chances: of tragedy
failure, racism and injustice, and redemption and rehabilitation.
Joan M. Cheever is an award-winning legal affairs journalist and
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
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