- Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Evans Auditorium
Anthony Graves is also known as Death Row Exoneree 138. He spent more than 18 years in prison, 16 of those in solitary confinement, 12 on Texas Death Row, with two execution dates, for a crime he did not commit. With his steadfast focus on his innocence and the tireless work of The Innocence Network, he was vindicated and released in 2010.
Since then, his speaking engagements have included the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project's 25th Anniversary with retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and he testified at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Hearing on Solitary Confinement led by Senator Dick Durbin. Graves is a prominent activist with the American Civil Liberties Union.
His story has been featured on two covers of Texas Monthly, the Katie Couric Show, and the documentary "Grave Injustice," which won the 2012 Emmy Award. In 2013, he started a scholarship at University of Texas Law School in the name of his champion, Nicole Casarez, and on Martin Luther King Day 2014, he filed a grievance against District Attorney Charles Sebesta, who wrongfully convicted him.
Graves started the Anthony Graves Foundation to give children left behind by the criminal justice system a choice and a chance to live happy, productive lives and to become the powerful new foundation of our communities. AGF promotes fairness and affects reform in our criminal justice system by fighting for those who have been wrongfully convicted, those with overly harsh sentences, and cases of actual innocence.
Graves’s forthcoming book, Infinite Hope, will be available in January 2018 from Beacon Press. After the speaking event on Oct. 10, he will sign commemorative inserts for those who have pre-ordered the book online. (Simply present a receipt — printed or on a mobile device.)
Paid parking is available at LBJ Student Center Garage.
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