Dallas: Panel Discussion with Anthony Graves, Clarence Brandley and Rev. Carroll Pickett

Death Penalty in Texas 2012Panel Discussion with Exonerees Anthony Graves and Clarence Brandley and the Rev. Carroll Pickett, former death house chaplain

Thursday, February 2

Southern Methodist University

306 Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium, 7:00-9:00pm

Sponsored by Embrey Human Rights Program, 214-768-8347, Download Flier

Anthony Graves spent 18 years in prison, including 12 years on the Texas death row, for a crime he did not commit.  In October 2010 prosecutors dropped all charges against him and declared him innocent after conducting their own investigation of the case.

Clarence Brandley in 1981, while a janitor at a high school in Conroe, Texas, was wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of Cheryl Dee Ferguson, a 16 year-old student. Brandley was held for nine years on death row. After community outcry and lengthy legal proceedings, that eventually ended in the Supreme Court of the United States, Clarence Brandley was freed in 1990.

Rev. Carroll Pickett is a Presbyterian minister who spent 15 years as the death house Chaplain in Huntsville. He gave comfort to 95 men before they were put to death by lethal injection. Rev. Pickett is the author of the book Within These Walls: Memoirs of a Death House Chaplain and his story was featured in the documentary At the Death House Door. He is now a strong opponent of the death penalty and speaks of his observations about capital punishment and the world of prison society.