The unlikely friendship of a death penalty advocate and a condemned killer

Monday, March 02, 2009

When most lawyers debate the death penalty, they do it in a court room. Robert Blecker may be the only lawyer who goes into prisons and debates the death penalty with the residents of death row. As one of the few academics who makes a passionate argument in favor of capitol punishment, he’s spent the last 20 years speaking to those who face the ultimate punishment — and recording his visits on videotape. His relationship with one of those inmates, Daryl Holton, who admitted to killing his four children in 1997, is the subject of a new documentary, Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead. It just opened here in New York.


Robert Blecker


Mary Harris

Comments [1]

Tom Hurwitz

Re: your piece on "Robert Blecker wants me Dead," the death penalty proponent and the convict -- Hockenberry, you never mentioned the name of the filmmaker! A 5 or 6 minute story, never crediting the director who conceived and executed (!) the project... Blecker even discounted your use of the term "your documentary," talking about a director, but still no name. For shame.

Mar. 02 2009 10:35 AM

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