'Dead Man Walking' author at St. Martin's

Sister Helen Prejean, a leading advocate for the end of the death penalty and the author of the book "Dead Man Walking," will discuss "The Ethics and Morality of State Death Penalties" at Saint Martin's University in the Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion at 7 p.m. today. Sister Prejean's talk will be the inaugural event for the 2009-10 Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Thurston County Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and Saint Martin’s University.

“Dead Man Walking” was the basis of a 1995 movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Sister Prejean also wrote another book on the death penalty, “The Death of Innocents.”