William Neal Moore Visits Boalt to Discuss His Experience as a Death Row Inmate
On Monday, April 12, former death row inmate William Neal Moore will visit Boalt to discuss death penalty administration and present a case for rehabilitation. Moore spent nearly 17 years on Georgia's death row for a 1974 robbery and murder he admits he committed. He was within hours from his execution when his sentence was commuted to life.
Moore was originally sentence to death after pleading guilty and waiving jury trial on the advice of his lawyer. The federal courts subsequently refused to hear his post-conviction case on procedural grounds. He eventually had his sentence commuted and was released on parole largely due to the efforts of lawyers at the Southern Center for Human Rights and a clemency campaign supported by members of the victim's family. He is one of seven men who have had their death sentences commuted by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the only one who has been released. The talk, "17 Years on Death Row, 7 Hours from Execution," will take place at 12:45 p.m. in 115 Boalt. The event is free and open to the public. To read a story about Moore's lecture, visit the Daily Journal website. For more information, please contact Erin Campbell at 510-643-8010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.