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[Event] The Tsarnaev Trial: The Federal Death Penalty in Abolitionist Massachusetts

Hear from legal experts on the peculiar circumstance of the death penalty prosecution in US v. Tsarnaev, which is taking place in Massachusetts, a state that does not permit state executions.

WHERE: Suffolk Law School

WHEN: March 10, 2015 | 5:30 PM

WHO: Sponsored by Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty Fund, Inc. The event is free and open to the public.


William J. Bowers, Emeritus Professor at Northeastern University's College of Criminal Justice, authored two books on capital punishment, "Executions in America" and "Legal Homicide," and he directs the "Capital Jury Project," a study of how jurors make life or death sentencing decisions.

Rosanna Cavallaro, a Professor of Law at Suffolk University, wrote "Better Off Dead: Abatement, Innocence, and the Evolving Right of Appeal."

Stephanie Roberts Hartung serves on the faculty of the Suffolk University Law School where she teaches a seminar on the Innocence Project and courses relating to wrongful convictions.

Michael Meltsner is the Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law at Northeastern.  He is the author of Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment and the play, "In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years," that depicts how and why the nation treated the men it detained after 9/11.

Stephen Nathanson is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University and the author of six books and numerous articles, including An Eye for an Eye? The Immorality of Punishing by Death.

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