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Oct. 12, 2007

Note: Updated release

Law professor Baldus to be honored for his advocacy in opposing capital punishment in Iowa

University of Iowa law professor David Baldus will be honored for his advocacy work in maintaining Iowa’s position as a non-death penalty state by Iowans Against the Death Penalty when he receives the organization’s Gov. Harold E. Hughes Award on Oct. 27th.

Baldus is considered one of the nation’s leading death penalty scholars. When Iowa has considered legislation designed to reinstate capital punishment in recent years, he has conducted research on the negative effects those laws would bring to the state. He has also testified in the legislature on the issue and has developed amendments and legal critiques of the proposed death penalty bills that aided their legislative opponents.

In collaboration with George Woodworth, a professor of statistics and actuarial science at the University of Iowa, Baldus has conducted research on racial disparities in the administration of capital punishment in a number of states outside Iowa that currently use capital punishment.

Baldus’ research is the basis for two co-authored books - one with Woodworth, and Charles A. Pulaski, Jr., “Equal Justice and the Death Penalty: A Legal and Empirical Analysis (1990)” and an earlier one “Statistical Proof of Discrimination (1980)” with James Cole.

Along with Baldus, Iowans Against the Death Penalty will honor former Gov. Tom Vilsack, Des Moines attorney James Benzoni and the late Sen. John Ely.

The award ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Catholic Pastoral Center at 601 Grand Ave. in Des Moines. For more information on the banquet, contact 515-963-2342.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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