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Nov 18 2017

US death row inmate among participants in Galway play

A former death row inmate in the US is among participants in a play to be performed in Galway on Sunday.

Instances of wrongful imprisonment and the hardship of direct provision in this State are among issues to be highlighted during the one-off theatrical performance.

The play, The Exonerated, written by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, is due to be performed in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre by a group led by North American “death row” inmate Sunny Jacobs, whose partner was executed before she was released in a plea deal, and her Irish husband, Peter Pringle. Pringle had his death sentence commuted and a wrongful conviction overturned but spent 15 years in prison.

He had been one of three men sentenced for the murder of two gardaí, Detective John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne, in Co Roscommon in 1980. His conviction was overturned in 1995, and a hearing into his case against the State was deferred again this week until January 31st, 2018.

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Read the full article on the Irish Times website.

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