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Bar Luncheon Features Exonerees Darryl Hunt & Kirk Bloodsworth (Video)
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Posted on Jul 05 2009
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A Private Luncheon with Exonerees
and Darryl Hunt's Attorney Mark Rabil 
     On Monday, April 20, 2009, the Art of Innocence Committee held a private luncheon at the Fort Schuyler Club in Utica for members of the OCBA and community leaders featuring two nationally recognized exonerees, Darryl Hunt and Kirk Bloodworth.
DARRYL HUNT was featured in the HBO Emmy nominated documentary, "The Trials of Darryl Hunt" which documents a brutal rape/murder in the American South and offers a deeply personal story of this wrongfully convicted man who spent 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.  In 1984, a young white newspaper reporter, Deborah Sykes, was raped and stabbed to death in Winston Salem, NC.  Based on an ID by a former Klan member, 19 year old black man Darryl Hunt was charged.  No physical evidence linked him to the crime.  He was convicted by an all white jury and sentenced to life in prison.  In 1994, DNA testing cleared Hunt, yet he would spend another 10 years in prison.  Darryl, and his attorney, Mark Rabil, will share their story in this informal luncheon.   You can see the trailer of the film, visit Darryl's website or hear a PBS interview with him and attorney Mark Rabil at the following links: Darryl Hunt's Web-site   ---  The Trials of Darryl Hunt Trailer ---  The PBS Interview
KIRK BLOODSWORTH was the first death row inmate in the United Stated exonerated by DNA evidence.  Charged in Maryland in 1984 for the rape and murder of a 9 year old girl, he was tried, convicted and sentenced to die in the Maryland gas chamber.  After 9 years in one of the country's harshest prisons, Bloodsworth was exonerated, pardoned by the governor of Maryland, and has gone on to be a tireless spokesman against capital punishment.  His story is captured in Tim Junkin's the book, "Bloodsworth."  You can read more about Kirk at the following link:  Kirk Bloodsworth's Web-site 

Video of Darryl Hunt (Introduced by Larry Golden) as he speaks at the Private April 20 Luncheon in Utica    


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