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February 27, 2008

Capital Punishment Center and the Independent Film Channel present death penalty program at the Texas Capitol, March 5, 2008

The Capital Punishment Center at The University of Texas School of Law and the Independent Film Channel will present “A Special Hearing on Capital Punishment: Perspectives at the Death House Door” at the Texas Capitol on March 5, 2008. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Room E 1.016.

A panel of legal experts, elected officials, scholars, and individuals with personal experiences surrounding executions will discuss current issues related to the death penalty, including wrongful convictions, lethal injection, and the role of religious and moral values in executions.

The program will feature clips from the Independent Film Channel’s new documentary, At the Death House Door, directed by Steve James and Peter Gilbert, who also directed the award-winning documentary Hoop Dreams. The film tells the story of Carroll Pickett, the chaplain for the Texas Department of Corrections from 1982 to 1995, who counseled ninety-five men executed by lethal injection. The film will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin in early March.

Panel speakers will include Texas Senator Rodney Ellis, Chaplain Carroll Pickett, Professor David Oshinsky of the UT History Department who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006, Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins, Steve James and Peter Gilbert of Kartemquin Films, Maurice Possley and Steve Mills of the Chicago Tribune, Ginger Anders of Jenner & Block, Paula Kurland of The Constitution Project, Andrew Rivas of the Texas Catholic Conference, and Professor Rob Owen of the UT School of Law who co-directs the Capital Punishment Clinic.

Related Links:

Flyer for “A Special Hearing on Capital Punishment: Perspectives at the Death House Door”

Capital Punishment Center

Indpendent Film Channel


Margaret Stratton, Independent Film Channel, 713-459-4557

Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or