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03/03/2004
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

WHO: 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.
WHAT: 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.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m . Wednesday, March 3. A question and answer session will follow.
WHERE: Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium
Hudson Valley Community College campus
80 Vandenburgh Avenue , Troy , NY
DETAILS:

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."