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Letters to the Editor

Death penalty forum

To the Editor:

This semester at McHenry County College, the Student Peace Action Network successfully revived the “Current American Issues Information Seminar Series,” with thought-provoking perspectives on hotly debated topics. 

The next forum focuses on the irreversible punishment of death still practiced by some governments. The program, “Legal Murder: Exposing Flaws and Injustices in the Death Penalty,” will be held in the MCC Conference Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

Many McHenry County residents remember the wrongful conviction of Gary Gauger. Although he’s toured the United States and appeared on numerous TV shows such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” this is the first time he will speak to community members where the injustice occurred. His incredible story is certain to awaken outrage in those who revere justice.

Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Executive Director Jeremy Schroeder will report on the ongoing battle to remove the death penalty from the Illinois Criminal Code. Although a moratorium exists in Illinois, 16 people have been sentenced to die since its declaration.

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights, whose membership includes Gauger, will explain why they oppose the death penalty and work for its global abolition. Everyone is welcome. The program is free.

Penelope Bryan-McQueen

Harvard

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