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Bar News - May 9, 2008

Pierce Law Review Hosts Death Penalty Forum

The Pierce Law Review in association with the Social Justice Institute hosted a panel discussion on capital punishment in the United States and in New Hampshire on April 15 at the Pierce Law Center in Concord.

The event – Current Issues of the Death Penalty in New Hampshire – featured panel members Peter Beeson, Renny Cushing, Barbara Keshen, John Kissinger, Alan Rogers and Andru Volinsky and was moderated by Concord Monitor editorial page editor Ralph Jimenez. The panel discussed various capital punishment topics, including the availability of a fair trial for poor defendants, capital punishment as vengeance and the role of race in capital trials. Also discussed were the differences in the two capital cases currently being tried in New Hampshire.

Attorneys Kissinger and Volinsky are both defending death row inmates in Georgia; Beeson was once criminal bureau chief of the NH Attorney General’s office; Keshen successfully defended the last capital defendant in New Hampshire; Renny Cushing, the founder and director of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights, has testified before the US Congress and several state legislatures on the death penalty; and Alan Rogers, Professor of History at Boston College, has written extensively on the death penalty, particularly the Massachusetts system.

The panel discussion coincided with the recent issue of Pierce Law Review, which exclusively featured capital punishment-related articles, written by experts in the field, law professors and a Pierce Law student.

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