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Death Row man talks

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-05-18

Nick Yarris

Nick Yarris

A man wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit in the USA and was reprieved thanks to the efforts of a human rights charity which has members of the Jewish community as active supporters is to speak at a special event about his Death Row experience on June 1 at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, in St. John's Wood.

Nick Yarris, who now lives in the UK spent 8057 days on Death Row in Pennsylvania and was released in January 2004 due to DNA evidence which proved his innocence.

Reprieve, the group that helped Yarris counts both its senior counsel and an active board member as Jews while the founder, Clive Stafford Smith also has a Jewish background.

The group was founded in 1999 and takes on the cases of innocent people who are from ethnic minorities, women, mentally ill or are disabled.

"“Growing up in the Liberal movement has given me a very strong sense of social justice.  Being involved with Reprieve allows me to support an organisation that actually puts these ideas into practice in a meaningful and worthwhile way," said Ben Rich, who is on the board of the group since 2002.

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