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Wrongfully convicted man to speak at IU-Indy

October 30, 2008

An advocate for legal reform who was wrongfully convicted of capital murder will visit Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis to give a lecture based on his new book, "Let Nothing Keep You Down."

Kerry Max Cook was born in Germany into an Army family and returned to the U.S. in 1972 to live in Texas. Cook was arrested when he was 20 and wrongfully convicted of murder in 1977; he spent the next two decades on death row.

Since regaining his freedom, he's lectured about legal reform and also authored, "Chasing Justice: My Story of Freeing Myself after Two Decades on Death Row for a Crime I Didn't Commit." Cook also appeared in the play "The Exonerated," which was based in part on his story.

The lecture begins at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Wynne Courtroom. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in the Conour Atrium. The event, which is sponsored by Law Students Against Capital Punishment, is free and open to the public.

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