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Domestic Violence Survivor to Tell Her Story at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, February 20, 2004

Linda White, who was granted clemency by Governor George E. Pataki in 2002 after serving 13 years of a 17-year prison sentence she received after a jury rejected her claims that she shot her abusive boyfriend in self defense, will speak at Hudson Valley Community College on Wednesday, March 3, as part of Voices: A Library Lecture Series.

White will speak from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium; a question and answer session will follow. The lecture is free.

White was sentenced in July 1990 in Queens County for the murder of her estranged boyfriend. The jury rejected her claim of self defense, but there was evidence and testimony at the trial to support her domestic abuse claims. In granting White clemency, Pataki said, "While the extent of domestic violence in this case remains in dispute, no degree of domestic violence can ever excuse the killing of another human being, and I do not question the jury's verdict. However, the extraordinary powers of clemency allow me to exercise compassion and recognize not only that domestic violence was a factor in this case but that Linda White has demonstrated a true commitment to rebuilding her life through her exemplary prison record."

Voices: A Library Lecture Series was made possible in part by Poets and Writers Inc., through a grant received from The New York State Council on the Arts.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.