Discussion / Q&A - 3pm Sat 18 Aug: @CliveSSmith & David Rose discuss Innocence & Injustice on Death Row.
Clive Stafford Smith is the director of the legal action charity Reprieve. He has spent 28 years representing indigent prisoners on death row in the US and around the world, as well as those held beyond the rule of law in Guantanamo Bay and other secret prisons, and has recently taken up the cause of those being assassinated by drones outside any combat zone. He previously penned Bad Men, telling the story of the prisoners in Guantanamo, and has just published Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America, concerning the case of Kris Maharaj, a British citizen sentenced to death in Florida.
Clive will be joined by investigative journalist David Rose who currently writes for Vanity Fair and the Mail on Sunday. His books include Violation: Justice, Race and Serial Murder in the Deep South (Harper Collins/Vintage), an investigation into the case of Carlton Gary, an African-American who has been on Georgia's death row since 1986 for the rapes and murders of seven white women. Evidence unearthed by Rose recently led to DNA tests which have exonerated Mr Gary, and a motion to quash his convictions is currently before the courts.
This event will be held in the Festival of Culture Film & Lecture Lounge at The Hayloft, Bull Hotel. Festival of Culture runs from 11-27 August. See www.festivalofculture.com for more details.