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Talk on the Death Penalty with Delbert Tibbs
October 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm
tibbs Join the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty as we welcome death row exoneree Delbert Tibbs. We will screen part of the documentary series One For Ten, which features Delbert’s story. Following the screening, Delbert will speak about his experiences and in support of death penalty repeal. Delbert Tibbs, a former seminary student from Chicago, was traveling in Florida February 1974 when he was stopped by the state police and questioned about the rape of 16-year-old girl and the murder of her traveling companion. Despite his difference in appearance, the girl claimed Tibbs was the killer. An all-white jury returned a guilty verdict against Tibbs in less than two days and he was given a death sentence. Celebrities such as Joan Baez and Pete Seeger got involved and raised money for the Delbert Tibbs Defense Committee. The Florida State Supreme Court finally overturned his conviction by a 4-3 vote and the District Attorney dropped the case in 1982. Delbert lives in Chicago, writes poetry, and travels around the country telling his story and reciting his poetry. He is an Assistant Director of Membership and Training for Witness to Innocence.
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