WHO: WVU journalism professor and “Last Lawyer” author John Temple, the book’s central figure, death penalty attorney Ken Rose; West Virginia appellate lawyer, Lonnie Simmons; and sentencing mitigation expert Jay T. McCamic, on panel moderated by WVU College of Law Dean Joyce E. McConnell.

WHAT: “The Last Lawyer: A Conversation About Justice, Journalism, and the Death Penalty” will focus on the case covered in the book, issues surrounding the morality and constitutionality of the death penalty and the journalistic process. Co-hosted by the WVU College of Law and P.I. Reed School of Journalism. Q&A to follow.

WHERE: WVU Law Center’s Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom. Webcast available at http://law.wvu.edu/lastlawyer.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m.

BACKGROUND: “The Last Lawyer,” published this month by University Press of Mississippi, is the true story of a law firm’s fight to save a death row inmate and how an idealistic attorney, Ken Rose, and his diverse band of investigators and lawyers fight to overturn their client’s death sentence. The book chronicles Rose’s decade-long defense of Bo Jones, a North Carolina farmhand convicted of a 1987 murder. The issue is also of topical interest because of this week’s execution of D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad.

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