Domestic Violence Survivor Pardoned by Governor to Tell Her Story at Hudson Valley Community College
CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8085 or (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 3, 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 tell her story at Hudson Valley Community College.
||White's speech is part of the college's Voices: A Library Lecture Series,
which is made possible in part by Poets and Writers Inc., through a grant
received from the New York State Council on the Arts.
||11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m . Wednesday, March 3.
A question and answer session will follow.
||Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium
Hudson Valley Community College campus
80 Vandenburgh Avenue , Troy , NY
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
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."