Friday, February 15, 2008

Perspectives at the Death House Door: A Special Hearing on Capital Punishment

You are invited to:

Perspectives at the Death House Door: A Special Hearing on Capital Punishment

Legal experts, elected officials and religious leaders will convene at the State Capitol to discuss the issues surrounding the death penalty including wrongful convictions, lethal injection, the role of religion in the death penalty, and the impact of executions on those closest to the process.

Exclusive clips from the Independent Film Channel’s new documentary At the Death House Door will frame each discussion. Slated to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, At the Death House Door tells the story of Carroll Pickett who served as chaplain for the Texas Department of Corrections from 1982-1995 and counseled 95 inmates on their way to execution by lethal injection. The film’s Directors, Steve James and Peter Gilbert, also directed the highly acclaimed films Hoop Dreams and Stevie.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Senate Hearing Room E2.016

Texas State Capitol, Austin

Panelists will include:

Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis

Craig Watkins, Dallas County District Attorney

Carroll Pickett¸ Texas Death Row chaplain, featured in “At the Death House Door”

Award Winning Filmmakers Steve James and Peter Gilbert, Kartemquin Films

Award Winning Chicago Tribune Journalists Maurice Possley and Steve Mills

Ginger Anders, Co-Counsel in the Supreme Court case addressing the legality of lethal injection

David Oshinsky, Pulitzer-Prize winning author and UT Professor

Rob Owen, Clinical Professor, UT School of Law; Counsel in Supreme Court cases Tennard, Cole, & Brewer


Anonymous said...

Thoughts of a psychoanalyst, Dr. Carlos Norberto Mugrabi, from Europe: The vast majority of those that pretend the repeal of the death penalty are involved -in some way- in the crime.
They have committed and commit murder -in the sense of the psychoanalytic concept- of incestuous nature and repeatedly.

Anonymous said...

good to see our US cousins looking at alternatives to capital murder. dont get me wrong, having to spend £50K ish each prisnor also seems illogical.