Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Media Advisory

Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Contact: Melissa Daar 510-550-1870; 415-312-0222
Jeff Ghelardi, 619-224-7322


800-Mile Walk to Stop Executions Launches at San Diego Court House
Walkers Ask District Attorney NOT to Seek Death Penalty

WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2007 – 9 AM

WHERE: San Diego Hall of Justice, 330 Broadway, Downtown San Diego

WHAT: Press conference and launch for the Walk to Stop Executions. The Walk will stop in 15 counties along the 800-mile route and will end at the State Capitol in Sacramento on November 30th. Walkers will join to call attention to the death penalty and encourage district attorneys not to seek the death penalty.

Walk Leaders: Richard Carlburg and Jeff Ghelardi
Rev. Tony Currin
Calif. People of Faith: Ronnie Friedman-Barone
Amnesty International USA: Tim Spann
ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties: Kevin Keenan
Jeff Chinn, California Innocence Project

WHY: When District Attorneys pursue death sentences, the lengthy and complex legal proceedings not only perpetuate the suffering of the survivors but also focus all the attention on the accused instead of the victims. Seeking the death penalty also costs far more than seeking the alternative sentence, life without parole. While some district attorneys do not to pursue the death penalty, these counties’ district attorneys do. As a result, California has the highest rate of death sentencing in the country.

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