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March 7, 2011

Former death row inmate to speak at Oregon Law March 11

Billy Moore to examine the death penalty, make case for rehabilitation

Should Oregon abolish the death penalty? That is the question to be examined during a panel discussion from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, in room 110 of the University of Oregon School of Law, 1515 Agate St., Eugene.

Billy Neal Moore, who spent 17 years on Georgia’s death row for a 1974 robbery and murder that he admits committing, will make the case that wrongdoers can be rehabilitated. Moore was 20 hours away from the electric chair on August 21, 1990, when the parole board commuted his sentence.

Additional panelists include Oregon Law Professor and President of the Portia Project Barbara Aldave, and William Long, prize-winning author and member of the Advisory Council of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Dealth Penalty.

Panelist presentations will be followed by an open discussion with members of the audience who wish to ask questions or state their own views concerning the death penalty.

This event, sponsored by the University of Oregon Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and The Portia Project, is free and open to the public.

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