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Death-row exonoree to speak Sept. 17

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A death-row exonoree from Illinois will be the first to tell his story in a series of presentations designed to educate residents about wrongful convictions. Randy Steidl will give a free presentation at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis on Sept. 17.

Steidl is just one of many exonorees who travel the country speaking about the death penalty and their experience with a system that failed them. Steidl's talk begins at 6 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom, 530 W. New York St.

The presentations are a part of the "InCASE of Innocence" campaign that kicks off Sept 16 with a reception. The Indiana Coalition Acting to Suspend Executions and the national nonprofit Witness to Innocence have teamed up to launch the year-long campaign to raise awareness about the risks of imprisoning or executing an innocent person.

Steidl was on death row for more than 17 years until a federal judge ruled his conviction of killing two people was faulty. DNA evidence linked to the murders cleared him. He left prison in 2004.

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