Dutch criminal lawyer Bert Stapert

National Museum of Crime and Punishment (© Flickr/Marcin Wichary)

Dutch criminal lawyer Bert Stapert runs a legal advice centre in New Orleans for death row prisoners. When he was studying law in the Netherlands, he decided he wanted to become involved in the fight against the death penalty beaus of his involvement with Amnesty International. The United States seemed a logical choice for him because until the death penalty is abolished throughout the Western world, he says, we have no moral standing to criticise the use of the death penalty in other nations, such as China.  

Interviewer: Ferry Biederman

Recorded: March 7, 1999