Webster Professor, Students Attend Press Conference to Address Governor on Clemency for Victims of Abuse

Nov. 28, 2016

Webster Professor and Students Address Governor at Press Conference

Webster University Legal Studies professor Anne Geraghty-Rathert and three student interns, Angela Meng, Joyce Davis and Brittany Havin, attended a news conference Monday, Nov. 21, at the Saint Louis University School of Law to urge Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to grant clemency in the cases of 15 Missouri women.

Members of local clergy and the Community Coalition for Clemency spoke at the conference to raise awareness for this issue. Geraghty-Rathert later spoke on a panel focusing on the law and public policy issues surrounding incarcerated survivors of domestic violence.

Three of the 15 women of the group are clients of The WILLOW Project (Women Initiate Legal Lifelines to Other Women), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women who cannot fully access the justice system because of poverty, oppression, exploitation and other injustices. As a member of The WILLOW Project's board of directors and legal representative for its clients, Geraghty-Rathert has long been active in these clemency efforts.

The event drew coverage in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Nixon is in the final months of his term as governor, which ends in January. On Dec. 15, the coalition of 15 women and their legal counsel plan to bombard the governor’s office with phone calls and email messages from the public, urging that clemency be granted at the end of the year.

For more information and to participate in this campaign, contact Geraghty-Rathert in the Legal Studies department.

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