Death Penalty to be Put on Trial in London

Amicus, an organization based in the United Kingdom that assists in the legal representation of those awaiting capital trials in the United States, will be hosting a mock trial at the Emmanuel Centre (pictured) in Westminster, London on Tuesday, March 2, beginning at 6:30 PM. The question is whether the death penalty in the U.S. perverts the course of justice. The trial will be presided over by Lord Woolf, Geoffrey Robertson, QC, and Sir Louis Blom-Cooper, QC, and will feature prominent death penalty experts including Prof. Paul Cassell (former federal prosecutor and former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia), Prof. Robert Blecker (NY Law School) and Kent Scheidegger (Criminal Justice Legal Fdn.) defending the death penalty, and Prof. Julian Killingley (Birmingham City Univ.), Rev. Cathy Harrington (Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation), and Nick Trenticosta (Center for Equal Justice) prosecuting the death penalty. The program hopes to raise awareness of issues surrounding the application of the death penalty in the United States. Click here for more details about his event.

(Posted Feb. 19, 2010; information from Amicus). See also International.