Documentary and Discussion Highlight BLSA Death Penalty Moratorium Week
The cold rainy weather and last minute room change could not keep passionate students from attending the showing of “After Innocence” on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The documentary, which follows the lives of seven exonerated men, was the highlight of the Black Law Students Association’s Death Penalty Moratorium Week. In an attempt to call for a change in the capital punishment system, BLSA members tabled all week in the courtyard. The organization provided information about the inadequacies in the system by focusing on the numerous (approximately 126) individuals exonerated after serving years for wrongful convictions. The week also featured a discussion by UF Law Professor Michelle Jacobs, about the death penalty system.
BLSA Secretary Nicki Webb, BLSA Secretary said “After Innocence” is a great way to give voices to the individuals who for many years didn’t have a voice. “It is important that as future attorneys we learn their stories now, in order to prevent future injustice,” she said.
The event was moderated by UF Law Professor Kenneth Nunn (pictured above), a board member of Florida’s Innocence Project. Audience members included members from APIL, Mediation beyond Borders, Federalist Society and of course BLSA. “Whatever your opinion about capital punishment, it is glaringly obvious that our justice system is embedded with defects that led to unjust tragedies,” Webb said. “An innocent person spending one second behind bars is absurd, much less 22 years of their life. Hopefully this week will impact UF law students so that we can pave the way for a just justice system.”