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Race, Innocence, and the End of the Death Penalty: Jennifer Thompson, Ronald Cotton, Rich Rosen, & Mike Gauldin

March 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


The UNC Department of Political Science is pleased to host this distinguished speaker series in conjunction with POLI 203: Race, Innocence, and the End of the Death Penalty. The speakers will address one of the most important policy puzzles our state and nation face: Why is the death penalty fading away, and should it be abolished? The series is made available through the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professorship.

  • Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton are the authors of the best-selling memoir, Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption, the 2010 UNC Common Read.
  • Rich Rosen, a retired UNC law professor, was one of Ronald’s attorneys.
  • Mike Gauldin was the police detective who investigated the case.

This is the first time all four key players in the story have been together for a public event in almost 20 years.


March 18, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm