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Author, death penalty foe gives PSU speech

by: COURTESY OF RICHARD STACK - Richard Stack, who has written two books critical of the death penalty, will speak at an event in Portland as part of a four-city Oregon tour.
Richard Stack, who has written two books critical of the death penalty, will speak at an event in Portland as part of a four-city Oregon tour.

He is the author of “Grave Injustice: Unearthing Wrongful Executions,” published in 2013. He also has written “Dead Wrong: Violence, Vengeance and the Victims of Capital Punishment.”

“Based on the current wave of media on the mistakes in the administration of the death penalty, it is timely that Professor Stack will be in Oregon,” said Ron Steiner, chairman of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Stack has a talk scheduled at 4 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Smith Memorial Union at Portland State University. A book signing will follow.

Stack also will stop at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, the University of Oregon in Eugene, and Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Stack is an associate professor of public communication at American University in Washington, D.C. He said his interest in the death penalty stems from a stint in the public defender’s office, where he learned about how mistakes are made in the criminal justice system.

Thirty-two states have the death penalty, including Oregon and Washington, although governors in both states have declared they will not allow executions during their terms.

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