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‘Dead Man’ Author Avoids Jury Duty

December 16, 2000

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The Louisiana nun who wrote ``Dead Man Walking,″ the best-selling book made into a 1995 movie starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon, got excused from jury duty twice last week.

Sister Helen Prejean, an outspoken critic of the death penalty and the criminal justice system, was excused because of her views.

In the first case, Prejean said she didn’t agree with a possible sentence of life in prison without parole.

``Anybody can change,″ she said.

In the second case, Prejean said she could not send someone to prison only on the testimony of police.

Prejean wrote ``Dead Man Walking″ after witnessing the electrocution of three killers she counseled. The book has also been made into an opera. It premiered in San Francisco in October.

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