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Opining on Death: Witness Sentence Recommendations in Capital Trials
1/31/2006 12:00 PM - 1/31/2006 1:00 PM

Please join Dorsey & Whitney LLP and
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights’ Death Penalty Project
for our bi-monthly lunchtime speaker series:

Opining on Death:  Witness Sentence Recommendations in Capital Trials

presented by

Professor Wayne A. Logan

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
12:00-1:00 P.M.


Dorsey & Whitney
Seattle Room, 15th Floor
50 South 6th Street
 Minneapolis, MN 55402

Capital punishment is becoming increasingly personalized, with victims and their survivors playing ever more prominent roles in the decision making process. Despite this evolution, to date courts have been reluctant to permit witnesses to opine on the specific question of whether convicted capital defendants should be put to death. This presentation will address the relevant case law on the question and the competing constitutional and policy concerns animating the debate over admitting witness capital sentence recommendations. Application will be made for one CLE credit. This presentation is a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Speaker biography

Wayne A. Logan is a professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law. Professor Logan teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, sentencing, and torts. He has been published widely on criminal justice-related issues, including capital punishment, search and seizure, sex offender registration and community notification, and jurisdictional issues relating to crime control, and his work has appeared in such publications as the Pennsylvania Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review.  He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Consultative Groups for the Model Penal Code:  Sentencing and the Restatement (Third) of Torts. He currently Chairs the Criminal Justice Section of the Association of American Law Schools and serves as Co-Reporter of the Minnesota Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions. Professor Logan clerked for Justice Louis B. Meyer of the North Carolina Supreme Court and the Honorable Robert R. Merhige, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Professor Logan earned his B.A. at Wesleyan University, his M.A. from State University of New York at Albany, and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as Senior Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review.
Please R.S.V.P. to Rosalyn Park at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
by Monday, January 30, 2006.
Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 106 • Email: [email protected]