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Ryan to discuss debate over death penalty, April 26

George Ryan, former governor of Illinois, will speak on "The Debate Over the Death Penalty: Would You Flip the Switch?" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 26, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

He was elected governor of Illinois in 1999 and, in January 2000, became the first state chief executive to place a moratorium on any further executions while an intensive study of the capital punishment was undertaken. After a study documented flaws in the Illinois capital punishment system, he commuted the sentences of all 167 inmates awaiting execution to life in prison just days before leaving office in 2003. He was nominated for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on this issue.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Princeton Justice Project .

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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