Exonerated: Curtis Edward McCarty and the death penalty

program date: 
Thu, 09/10/2009

Curtis Edward McCarty was convicted and sentenced to death twice for a 1982 murder in Oklahoma City. After repeated court battles and 21 years in prison - 19 on death row - McCarty was exonerated and released following a 2005 appeals court ruling based on new DNA evidence and findings of a "continued pattern of government misconduct." McCarty was the 124th person in the United States to be exonerated and released since 1973 after spending time on death row.

Jo Ann and Dave talk with McCarty about his experience and his struggle to win his freedom. Ron Steiner, an organizer with Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, will be joining the conversation to talk about what his organization is doing to end this lethal response to violent crime. McCarty and Steiner will be guest speakers that evening at the screening of the award-winning film The Exonerated at Salem's Progressive Film Series.

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