Death row exoneree Randy Steidl to meet with students in the Braden Institute
He will be sharing some thoughts about his experience on death row, as well as his campaign to abolish the death penalty. The case against Steidl was based entirely on two (now discredited) eye-witnesses; he maintained his innocence but it was not until several journalism students from Northwestern University got involved that his case really got another look.
Nov 30, 2012
from 10:30 am to 11:50 am
|Where||Braden Institute reading Room in room 258 Ekstrom Library|
|Contact Name||Ryan Warren|
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After their investigation a judge ordered a new trial but that trial never happened because of the complete absence of evidence-not because evidence was lost but because it never existed. Charges were dismissed and Randy was released after 17 years behind bars in May of 2004. Interesting thing was Randy supported the death penalty prior to his experience. Now he has become an outspoken opponent, and he has been credited as a critical player in Illinois's successful repeal campaign last year