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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

October 14, 2023 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Arthur Miller Society & Arthur Miller Writing Studio Present:

Guilty Until Proven Innocent:

On False Confession and Wrongful Conviction

In honor of Arthur Miller’s birthday.

Fall 2023 marks 50 years since Falls Village, CT, teenager Peter Reilly’s murder arrest and coerced false confession. This far-ranging event will examine Arthur Miller’s support of Reilly’s defense in the 1970s and will explore the contemporary experience of New Haven resident and author Gaylord Salters.

Arthur Miller Society President Jane Dominik & Arthur Miller Writing Studio Board President Sarah Griswold will give introductions.

The CT American Civil Liberties Union will share resources for protecting your rights and will highlight CT’s newly enacted Act Concerning Deceptive or Coercive Interrogation Tactics, with its enhanced protections for minors.

Actor Jack Gilpin will read Miller’s short essay “Luck and the Death Penalty.”

Illustrator Marc Simont’s 1970s courtroom sketches will be on exhibit.

A panel on the challenges of exonerating the innocent will feature:
Advocates Peter Reilly and Gaylord Salters
Attorneys Peter Herbst and Alex Taubes
Connecticut ACLU board member Eva Bermúdez Zimmerman
Moderator Stephen Marino, editor of the Arthur Miller Journal

A question and answer session concludes the discussion, with hospitality to follow

This event is free & open to the public.

To view a live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rWhYD-xCrk

This event is supported by a grant from CT Humanities Cultural Fund


Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.


October 14, 2023
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Minor Memorial Library
23 South St
Roxbury, CT 06783 United States
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