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Presented by the Gonzaga Federalist Society
Retired Police Chief Christopher Zimmerman and local activist Shar Lichty will be featured by the Gonzaga Law Federalist Society on April 10th from 7-9pm in a presentation and debate, titled: The Death Penalty: Do the ends justify the means? The event will begin with a 45-minute presentation by Zimmerman on the rape and murder of an 11-year old girl that led to her killer’s execution by firing squad. Following the presentation, Zimmerman and Lichty will engage in a debate, moderated by Professor Georgie Ann Weatherby (Criminal Justice).
Zimmerman is a retired police officer and chief from Ogden, Utah. During his time as a detective with the Ogden Police Department, Zimmerman investigated the rape and murder of Charla King, and witnessed the firing squad execution of her killer, John Albert Taylor. Zimmerman has spoken at numerous law enforcement conferences regarding the case and the “non-Hollywood” version of the death penalty. Zimmerman earned BS in Criminal Justice in 1978, and a MS of Criminal Justice in 2009. Zimmerman is also an adjunct professor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he has taught various criminal justice courses in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Shar Lichty received her BASW with a minor in Africana Education from EWU in June 2010. Shar began her death penalty abolition work in 2006 after meeting Sr. Helen Prejean and has since expanded her activism into other areas of social justice and human rights. She has been with the Peace & Justice League of Spokane (PJALS) since Sept. 2009 in various capacities including intern and Outreach Coordinator before beginning her current position as Organizer in 2011. She is a part of the working group for the state legislative campaign, Safe & Just Alternatives, which works for legislative elimination of the death penalty as a sentencing option for aggravated first-degree murder, leaving life without parole as the default sentence.
This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided.