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The Penalty of Death (2019)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-04-24

Duration: 00:58:07

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Capital Punishment | Criminal justice, Administration of | Crime | Death row inmates


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Guzzardo, Wayne Interviewee
  • Stiles, Wilbur Interviewee
  • Hebert, Alanah Odoms Interviewee
  • Alexander, E. King Interviewee
  • Crawford, Rodricus Speaker
  • Guzzardo, Wayne Speaker
  • Graham, Caitlin Speaker
  • Sinquefield, John Speaker
  • Flournoy, Melissa Speaker
  • Blanchard, Annie Speaker
  • Van Haute, Danielle Speaker
  • Guzzardo, Carole Speaker
  • Moran, Alisa Speaker
  • Mitchell, Nicholas E. Speaker
  • Perrilloux, Scott Speaker
  • Lampert, Loren Speaker
  • Alexander, E. King Speaker
  • Borghardt, Franz Speaker
  • Bourke, Richard Panelist
  • Ghetti, Michelle Panelist
  • Landry, Terry Panelist
  • Burkett, Don Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from April 24, 2019, features Natasha Williams leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on capital punishment in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Wayne Guzzardo, the parent of a murder victim; Wilbur Stiles, the Chief Deputy Attorney General with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office; Alanah Odoms Hebert, the executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana; and E. King Alexander of Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty. The audience members then discuss their stance on the death penalty. A panel of experts then joins the audience members to answer their questions. The panelists are: Richard Bourke, the director of the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center; Michelle Ghetti, the Deputy Solicitor General for the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office; State Representative Terry Landry, the sponsor of a bill abolishing the death penalty; and District Attorney Don Burkett of Sabine Parish, Louisiana. They discuss: their stance on the death penalty; whether capital punishment works as a deterrent; wrongful convictions and the state’s high exoneration rate for capital cases; the impact of race on death penalty cases; prosecutorial misconduct; and the high cost of capital cases. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Natasha Williams