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UA Law | State of Washington V Gary Ridgway  

Friday, September 10, 2004, 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law
Ares Auditorium (Room 146) CLE credits: 1.5

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The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences are sponsoring a free public lecture offering a firsthand look into the high-profile trial of Seattle serial murderer Gary Ridgway. This behind-the-scenes look at the defense of the Green River Killer will be given by:

  • Judith Becker, a UA professor of psychology and psychiatry, who was a consultant on the case;
  • Mark Prothero and Todd Gruenhagen, lead defense attorneys for Gary Ridgway;
  • G. Jack Chin, a professor from the UA Rogers College of Law; and
  • Roger Hartley, an assistant professor of public administration and policy from the UA Eller College of Management

News of the "Green River Killer," named for the river south of Seattle where victims' bodies were found, gripped the Pacific Northwest throughout the 1980s. Police eventually arrested a longtime suspect, Gary Ridgway, in 2001, who two years later confessed to killing 48 women, more than any other serial killer in U.S. history.

The defense negotiated with prosecutors to withdraw the death penalty in exchange for his agreement to help locate the remains of women he killed. Ridgway was later sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

UA Professor Judith Becker assisted in helping Ridgway recall the murders. Becker teaches courses at the UA on forensic assessment, violence and youth and developmental psychopathology. She is the past president of both the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the International Academy of Sex Research. Becker has published more than 100 articles and book chapters on the topic of sexual violence and has been a consultant on numerous forensic cases including that of Jeffrey Dahmer, sentenced in 1992 for 16 murders in Milwaukee.

Mark Prothero was co-lead counsel for Gary Ridgway. For more than 20 years, Prothero was a public defender with Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA). He became ACA's specialist in forensic DNA cases in the early '90s. He has been counsel for five defendants facing the death penalty - none of whom received a death sentence. He recently left ACA to start the criminal law department at the firm of Hanis Greaney PLLC.

Todd Gruenhagen was also lead counsel for Gary Ridgway. Gruenhagen earned a law degree from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1981. His practice has been exclusively criminal defense, the last 21 years with ACA.

Mark Prothero, Hanis Greaney, PLLC
Todd Gruenhagen, Associated Counsel for the Accused

Professor Judith Becker, University of Arizona Department of Psychology

Professor G. Jack Chin, University of Arizona Rogers College of Law
Professor Roger Hartley, University of Arizona School of Public Administration

The lecture is part of the Rogers Program in Law and Society, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the College of Law and the departments of anthropology, sociology, philosophy and psychology. In 2004-05, the Rogers Program will focus on interdisciplinary studies of criminal justice topics. Information on scheduled events will be posted throughout the year at www.law.arizona.edu

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