february, 2021

18feb12:30 pm1:30 pmSix Trials and 23 Years: Curtis Flowers Talks Justice with the Wilson Center12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Event Details

Curtis Flowers is a Mississippi man who was tried six times for the same crime and whose case was the subject of Season 2 of the APM Reports podcast In the Dark. He spent nearly 23 years behind bars and endured six trials and four death sentences for four murders he has always maintained he did not commit. Four of the trials resulted in convictions, all of which were overturned on appeal. The podcast shed light on the weak and unreliable evidence in his case, and the determination of one prosecutor to convict him despite it. Flowers’ case was one of three that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2016 were to be remanded to lower courts to be reviewed for evidence of racial bias in jury selection. He was finally freed in 2020 when the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office dismissed indictments against him. Flowers will join the Wilson Center along with his attorney, Henderson Hill, to discuss his years-long saga and the injustices of a system zeroed in on convicting him. There will also be time for Q&A. Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett will moderate. Registration required. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/FlowersRSVP. Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law and co-sponsored by the Duke Criminal Law Society, the Duke Black Law Students Society, and Duke Science and Society. For more information, contact Marlyn Dail at wcsj@law.duke.edu.

Time

(Thursday) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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