Recently Pardoned Illinois Death Row Inmate
Madison Hobley To Speak Out Against Death Penalty;
Hobley to be Joined by Wrongfully Accused Defendant in NYC's
Central Park Jogger Case, Yusuf Salaam
- March 28 -
to End the Death Penalty presents recently pardoned Illinois death
row inmate Madison Hobley, who will discuss his experience serving
fifteen years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Hobley
will be joined by Yusuf Salaam, one of the wrongfully accused
in New York's Central Park Jogger case, who will discuss his own
innocence in this notorious 1989 episode. Other speakers will
include Salaam's mother, Sharonne Salaam, Madison's sister Robin
Hobley, actor/activist Ossie Davis (Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, The
Client), and Joan Parkin of the CEDP.
Illinois Death Row Inmate Madison Hobley and Yusuf Salaam, one
of Central Park Five
of Innocence, Corruption within Criminal Justice System
Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY
April 11, 2003, 7:30 p.m.
Hobley: Madison Hobley is one of a group of former death row inmates
called the "Death Row Ten," whose cases were all characterized
by police brutality, torture, and coerced confessions under the
oversight of former Chicago Police Commander John Burge. Mr. Hobley
was wrongfully convicted of starting a fire in his apartment building
that killed seven people-- including his own wife and son. He
was tortured by Chicago police, who fabricated a confession that
was used against him at his trial. Now a free man, he has declared
that he is on "a mission to end the death penalty."
About the Speaking
Tour: The CEDP Speaking Tour was prompted by the historic events
that took place this past January, when Illinois governor George
Ryan made national headlines by emptying Illinois's death row,
pardoning four inmates and commuting the sentences of all others.
This speaking tour presents the opportunity to hear people speak
out about a system that is fundamentally flawed; particularly
a man whose unique--but hardly exceptional--experience is ironclad
evidence of the failings of capital punishment and the criminal
justice system as a whole.
About the CEDP:
The Campaign to End the Death Penalty is a national grassroots
organization dedicated to the abolition of Capital Punishment.
For more information please visit www.nodeathpenalty.org.
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