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Media Advisory


WHAT:       Symposium: The Death Penalty and Mental Illness


WHEN:       8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005   


WHERE:     Walter Slowinski Courtroom

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

3600 John McCormack Rd. NE

                    Washington, DC


DETAILS: The Catholic University of America Law Review will hold a symposium to discuss

death row inmates with mental illness and other mental disabilities.  It is estimated that five to 10 percent of those sentenced to death have a serious mental illness. As those numbers have grown over the past three decades, so have concerns and disagreements about executing death row inmates with known mental disabilities and illnesses. Recent specific cases will be considered.




Richard Bonnie, director, University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry

and Public Policy

Richard Dieter, executive director, the Death Penalty Information Center

William F. Fox Jr., dean and professor, CUA Columbus School of Law

Ronald Honberg, director of legal affairs, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Dorothy Otnow Lewis, M.D., New York University School of Medicine,

Psychiatry Division


Christopher Slobogin, professor of law, affiliate professor of psychiatry,

University of Florida

Ronald Tabak, co-chair, ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities,

Death Penalty Committee


SPONSOR: The Catholic University of America Law Review


MEDIA:   To cover the event, contact Tom Haederle in the Columbus School of Law at 202-319-5438.




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