Thursday, April 5, 2012

Author and activist honored as 'Defender of the Innocent'

Scott Turow is one of the foremost courtroom fiction writers in America. Millions have read his books or viewed adaptations of his works. But Turow does more than write about fictional courtrooms. He uses his literary pulpit to speak out on important contemporary legal issues. Turow has written a short nonfiction book, "Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer’s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty".

At 5:30 pm on Monday, April 9, Turow will be honored by the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. He will be recognized at the Fifth Annual Defender of the Innocent Awards Reception for his work toward the abolition of the flawed death penalty system in Illinois, and his writing, which educates the general public to these issues and enhances understanding of our legal system.

Scott Turow will be available 3:30-4:45 Monday, April 9, at the Public Affairs Center restaurant at University of Illinois Springfield to sign copies of Innocent and other books. Tickets to the 5:30 p.m. April 9 Downstate Illinois Innocence Project reception at the Crowne Plaza are available at 206-7989 or register online at