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Death penalty film, discussion Thursday

IL Staff
January 1, 2008
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The death penalty is the topic of a film screening and discussion May 22 presented by the Indiana Coalition Acting to Suspend Executions (InCASE), Indiana University School of Law -Indianapolis' Law Students Against Capital Punishment, and the Independent Film Channel.

The film, "At the Death House Door," is a personal and intimate look at the death penalty in Texas from the perspective of Carroll Pickett, a pastor who served 15 years as the death house chaplain in a Huntsville prison unit and presided over 95 executions. The film also focuses on Carlos De Luna, a convict Pickett counseled and whose execution troubled Pickett because he believed De Luna was innocent. The film premiers on the Independent Film Channel at 8 p.m. May 29.

The post-screening discussion will feature Marion County Chief Public Defender Robert Hill; former Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings, who now works with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office; and Dr. Crystal Garcia, associate professor of criminal justice in the School of Environmental and Public Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

InCASE is a nonprofit organization that raises public awareness about death penalty issues and works toward a moratorium on executions so death penalty reforms can be addressed.

The screening and discussion, which is free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom in the law school, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis.
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