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Chol Soo Lee

Date:
Friday, August 25, 2006
Time:
7:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Event Type:
Speaker
Organizer/Author:
Anje Vela
Email:
Location Details:
Space Gallery, 1141 Polk Street (next door to Hemlock Tavern), San Francisco

Chol Soo Lee* (http://www.aamovement.net/history/eastwind/12/$justice1.html) will be speaking at a benefit for the West Memphis Three at the Space Gallery.

Space Gallery is exhibiting art by Death Row prisoner, Damien Echols and others supporting the West Memphis Three (http://www.wm3.org).

Other speakers tonight include:
Will Franken (comedian)
Lady Monster (spoken word)
Salvatore Amore (the WORLDs greatest romantic poet)
Jennifer Blowdryer (spoken word)

Suggested donation: $5

All artwork is also for sale.

All proceeds benefit the West Memphis Three Defense Fund.

This exhibit is a WM3 benefit. Damien Echols is creating more pieces for this exhibit and there are pieces left from the May 12th SKELETON KEY exhibit at 111 Minna. Folks will be able to purchase pieces by:

Damien Echols
Norman Reedus
Mick Rock
Ioannis
Chad Robertson
Grove Pashley
Jayne County
Floria Sigsmondi
Jonathan Richman (The Modern Lovers)


*Death Row Survivor Chol Soo Lee (1983)
[Thanks to deathpenalty.org and the ACLU]
Chol Soo Lee was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. After suggestive procedures by police and prosecutors, which even included hypnotizing one witness, three witnesses identified Lee in a police line-up. Based on this eyewitness testimony, Lee was convicted and sentenced. In 1977, during a large prison yard brawl, Lee killed another inmate in self-defense. Because he was serving a life sentence for murder, Lee was sentenced to death. A supportive movement of Korean-Americans and other Asian Americans formed in response to publicity about the case. They filed a successful writ of habeas corpus overturning Lee’s first murder conviction. The second conviction and death sentence were then vacated. He was given time served for the 2nd murder and released in 1983 after spending ten years in prison, eight of them spent in the solitary confinement on death row. It is important to note that while Lee was in fact guilty of killing another inmate (in self-defense) while in prison, the crime could never have occurred had he not been wrongfully convicted in the first place.

FREE THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE
Added to the calendar on Fri, Aug 25, 2006 1:34PM
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