Death penalty focus of public forum

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Death penalty focus of public forum

Post  Jennie on Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:42 am

First Missionary Baptist Church and the People of Faith Against the Death Penalty are holding a public forum at 7 p.m. tonight at First Missionary Baptist Church at 153 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville.

Stephen Dear, executive director of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, and attorney Jay Ferguson, who is on the organization's board of directors, will be giving a presentation and fielding questions from the audience. Ferguson, who was instrumental in getting several innocent people off death row, has done presentations in Jacksonville in the past.

The forum comes on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in April that the lethal-injection protocol used in Kentucky did not amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

Representatives from People of Faith Against the Death Penalty are trying to encourage frank discussions about the death penalty in places throughout the state, including Jacksonville, because the expectation is that in 2009 between 35 to 40 inmates on death row in North Carolina will have exhausted their appeal processes.

Go to for more information about People of Faith.

(source: Jacksonville Daily News)

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