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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 28, 2003
2:43 PM
CONTACT:  Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Liliana Segura (917)-435-3614
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
 
WASHINGTON - March 28 -

The Campaign 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.

Who: Former Illinois Death Row Inmate Madison Hobley and Yusuf Salaam, one of Central Park Five

What: Discussion of Innocence, Corruption within Criminal Justice System

Where: Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY

When: Friday, April 11, 2003, 7:30 p.m.

About Madison 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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