Student Union Theater at the University of Akron ● Tuesday, February 2 ● 12pm - 2pm
This panel brings together individuals with direct experience with the aftermath of murder, providing context to a newly released report examining racial and geographic disparity in the application of Ohio's death penalty. Two thirds of murder victims in Ohio are African-American, yet two thirds of those who have been executed in our state had white victims.
- Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr., Executive Director of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, a national organization working to end the death penalty. Sullivan's sister Jennifer was murdered in Cleveland in 1997 - a crime which remains unsolved.
- Kwame Ajamu & Wylie Bridgeman, Cleveland area brothers who, together with their friend Ricky Jackson, were wrongly convicted and sentenced to be executed for a crime they did not commit.
- Judge Stephen L. McIntosh, who served as the Vice-Chairman of the Ohio
Supreme Court Joint Task Force on the Administration of Ohio's Death Penalty. A former prosecutor, McIntosh is a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge.
- Moderator: Margery M. Koosed, a noted expert on Ohio's death penalty system, is Professor Emeritus at The University of Akron School of Law.