Speakers to share true stories of death penalty in U.S.

Via the Missoulian:

“Beyond Repair,” true stories of the death penalty, will be presented locally.

Speakers with firsthand experience of America’s criminal justice system share their powerful stories in a series of community events across Montana.

The purpose of the event is to foster discussion about the death penalty as well as educate the public on the broken capital punishment system. The presentation will encourage Montanans to support abolition of the death penalty and replacing it with life without possibility of parole.

Speakers include Terri Steinberg, whose son Justin Wolfe was sentenced to death by the state of Virginia. He became the state’s youngest resident on death row. Steinberg was devastated. Convinced of her son’s innocence, she began her journey to save Justin’s life. That journey continues today.

Texan Sam Millsap prosecuted Ruben Cantu for capital murder. Cantu was executed in 1992, but in 2005, as a result of investigative reporting by the Houston Chronicle, serious questions were raised concerning Cantu’s guilt. Millsap now acknowledges he made a mistake, and that Cantu could have been innocent. He has assumed personal responsibility for Cantu’s erroneous execution, and speaks out against the death penalty.

“Beyond Repair” will take place at 8 p.m., Thursday at the University of Montana Social Sciences Building Room 352; 7 p.m., Friday at the United Methodist Church at Cemetery Road and Eastside Highway in Corvallis and at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Arlee Sacred Heart Church, 343 Hi Francis Road in Arlee.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information call the Montana Abolition Coalition at (406) 461-8176.