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Sunday, November 4, 2007

CrimProf Joseph Metcalf to Speak at "Execution" Panel

Jmetcalfe "Execution," a film about the final seven days of a man on death row, will be shown at the University of Oregon School of Law on Thursday, Nov. 8. A panel discussion featuring William Neal “Billy” Moore, who spent 16 years on Georgia’s death row and has a part in the production, will take place after the film.  The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 175, William W. Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. The film and the panel discussion are free and open to the public. A reception will follow in Morse Commons.

The movie is a drama about two fictitious documentary filmmakers who memorialized the last week of a condemned man’s life and portrays their efforts to bring the application of the death penalty into public view. Moore, who plays the condemned man, is one of the only men in America released from death row-- even though he was convicted of a capital crime. Moore was freed after members of victim’s family, who forgave him, spoke on his behalf at his parole hearing.

Members of the panel include Moore, his wife, Donna Jo Jacks Moore; "Execution" director Steven Scaffidi; and School of Law Professor Joe Metcalfe. Professor Barbara Aldave will moderate the discussion.  Aldave and The National Lawyers Guild are sponsors of the event. [Mark Godsey]

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