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West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Panel Discussion: The Challenges of the Death Penalty – The Role of Poverty, Racial Bias, and Excessive Punishment in Death Penalty Cases.
Moderator: Laura Finley PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Barry University
Richard Greene is an Assistant Public Defender for the 15th Circuit. He is a specialist in death penalty cases at the trial, appeal, clemency, and post-conviction levels. He has lectured at death penalty seminars held by the Florida Public Defenders Association and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
I. Renai Collins is an ordained Minister with Word of Life Ministries in WPB. She is former Y-Girls/Racial Justice Coordinator at YWCA of Palm Beach County. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Retired she is on the Board of Directors of the MLK Celebration Committee of West Palm Beach, which provides scholarships, sets positive goals and activities for youth. She is a Published Poet, member of the American Academy of Poets and the American Christian Writers Association.
Dr. Atkin-Plunk specializes include Institutional Corrections Procedural Justice, Community Corrections Evidence-Based Practices, and Problem- Solving Courts Program and Policy Evaluation. She currently teaches a class on Capital Punishment at FAU.
Herman Lindsey, who spent more than three years on Florida’s death row, was arrested for a 12-year-old murder and convicted in 2006. There were no eyewitnesses, no fingerprints, no one who managed to place him at the scene. “The state failed to produce any evidence in this case placing Lindsey at the scene of the crime at the time of the murder,” the high court wrote in a unanimous opinion. “The evidence here is equally consistent with a reasonable hypothesis of innocence.”