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Illinois Clemency Project For Battered Women Petitions Gov. Edgar to Release 18 Convicted of Killing Partners

The Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women will file 18 clemency petitions on Tues., May 30, on behalf of battered women in prison in Illinois for killing or injuring abusive partners.

The Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women is a group of lawyers, activists, formerly incarcerated women and law students who file clemency petitions on behalf of battered women throughout the state. Last year, the Illinois Clemency Project filed 12 petitions and Governor Edgar released 4 of these women, each of whom had suffered years of abuse.

The petitions have been prepared by students and faculty at the University of Chicago Law School, the University of Illinois Law School, DePaul University School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law and Northeastern Illinois University. The Project is assisted by practicing lawyers in Chicago and Champaign.

A news conference on Tues., May 30 at 10:00 a.m. will be held to discuss this year’s clemency drive. Margaret Byrne, Illinois Clemency Project Director; Mary Becker, University of Chicago Law School professor; as well as University of Chicago law students and members of the Illinois Clemency Project will be present. WHEN: Tues., May 30, 1995 at 10:00 a.m.RE:The Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women WHERE: The University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL in the Law School Courtroom (lst floor).PURPOSE:Details on 18 Clemency Petitions.FOR PRESS CONFIRMATION CONTACT:Charles Whitt at (773) 702-8359.FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALL: Margaret Byrne at (773) 583 8016 or Mary Becker at (773) 702 9596.

 

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