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Sister Helen Prejean Speaks on Death Penalty

Sister Helen Prejean, internationally acclaimed author, spoke to a standing room only audience on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at the LSU Law Center. Her talk, titled Actual Innocence and the Death Penalty was “the most absorbing, insightful presentation I’ve heard in many, many years,” said Professor Lucy McGough, director of the Pugh Institute for Justice. The lecture was sponsored by The George W. and Jean H. Pugh Institute for Justice and the LSU Law Public Interest Law Society (PILS).

Sister Prejean is author of the influential international best selling book Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States for which she received a 1993 Pulitzer Prize nomination. The book was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks and has been translated into ten different languages. It served as the basis for the 1996 film by director Tim Robbins, receiving four Oscar nominations. Her latest book is titled The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.

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