‘Dead Man Walking’ nun urges students to fight death penalty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Sister Helen Prejean could have been at the White House welcoming the pope. Instead the nun famous for writing “Dead Man Walking” chose to spend her day speaking to a group of Nashville college students about the death penalty.

Prejean has been the spiritual adviser to several death row prisoners, most recently Oklahoma’s Richard Glossip. His execution was halted just hours before he was scheduled to die last week after a state appeals court agreed to hear new evidence.

That chain of events was largely set in motion by Prejean, who believes Glossip is innocent.

Prejean spoke Wednesday at Belmont University about the events in her life that led her to become one of the country’s foremost death penalty opponents. And she urged the students to take a stand as well.