Death Row Survivor Brings Speaking Tour to Boalt
Former death row inmate Juan Roberto Melendez Colon will speak out against the death penalty at Boalt Hall on Thursday, February 12. Melendez survived almost 18 years on death row for a crime he did not commit, making him the 24th prisoner to be exonerated and released from a death sentence in Florida since 1972. Melendez will be joined by Bill Pelke, family member of a murder victim and director of the victims’ rights group Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing, and Abe Bonowitz, director of Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
The event is sponsored by the Boalt chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild, the Prisoners Action Coalition, the Law Raza Law Students Association and the Berkeley Law Raza Law Journal. It will take place in Booth Auditorium from 4-6 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, please contact Erin Campbell at 510-643-8010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.