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Western holds anti-death penalty symposium

Juan Melendez spent more than 17 years on Florida’s death row for a crime he didn’t commit. In 2002, he was released after a judge found no evidence linking him to the murder. Now Melendez travels throughout the country and Europe telling his incredible story of injustice, courage, faith and hope. Last November, he spoke at Western and ignited interest in the local community.

In April, Associate Professor of Justice and Law Administration Dr. George Kain and Assistant Professor of Justice and Law Administration Terrence Dwyer held a panel discussion on the hot debate. Speakers included Kain, as panel moderator; Dwyer, a former New York State Police Major Crimes Investigator; Connecticut Superior Court Judge Hon. Charles Gill; Branford Police Chief John DeCarlo; Gregg Everett of the Connecticut Board of Parole; Rev. Walter Everett, retired minister and surviving family homicide victim member; and James Diamond, criminal defense and former state’s attorney.

“Western is getting more involved in this death penalty issue,” Kain said. “The public needs to be educated because the facts are changing.”

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A large audience listened attentively as Juan Melendez spoke about his time on Florida's death row; Melendez speaks; the back of Melendez's t-shirt.