Ten years ago, a conference on wrongful convictions and the death penalty at Northwestern University School of Law launched the Center on Wrongful Convictions. The conference brought together, on one stage, 29 former death row inmates who had been exonerated and freed from prison. The event received national news coverage and many who attended or otherwise heard about it were shocked to learn of the high incidence of wrongful convictions in capital cases.
In October 2007, the Center sponsored another thought-provoking event concerning the death penalty, this one featuring two best-selling authors -- John Grisham and Scott Turow -- who discussed their personal journeys leading to death penalty opposition. The discussion was moderated by former Chicago Tribune editorial board member Cornelia Grumman, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her editorials about the Illinois death penalty system.
Through the wonders of YouTube, folks who did not attend the 2007 forum can now view it on their computers, albeit in five separate parts: