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William Nieves, a former Pennsylvania death row inmate recently acquitted and released from prison, will speak on “My Escape from Death Row” 12:15 p.m. today in the Kirby Hall of the Civil Rights auditorium.

Free and open to the public, the lecture is sponsored by the College Democrats.

Nieves was on death row from July 1994 through October 20, 2000, when he was released after a retrial jury heard evidence previously withheld by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. The jury returned with a unanimous “not guilty” verdict on all charges.

Nieves works as a community organizer with Pennsylvania Abolitionists United Against the Death Penalty. Since his release from death row, he has met with politicians and groups throughout the state to organize opposition to the death penalty. He has also spoken about his experiences throughout the United States.

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