Center for the Study of Ethics in Society

Center for the Study of Ethics in Society

Lecture Series

"The Ethics of Criminal Defense and Prosecution"
4:00pm Tuesday, April 15th
208 Bernhard Center

Dr. Thomas Edmonds- Cooley Law School
James M. Peden- WMU, Haworth College of Business

James M. Peden, Professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and Faculty Specialist II Dr. Thomas Edmonds, Finance and Commercial Law, Haworth College of Business, WMU, speak “For the Defense” and “For the Prosecution,” respectively, as they lay out some of the ethical issues related to the criminal trial of Edward Lee Elmore. Elmore is an African-American man wrongly convicted in 1982 of the murder and sexual assault of an elderly Caucasian woman in Greenwood, S.C. Elmore’s story is told in this year’s WMU Common Read, “Anatomy of Injustice.”

Dr. Thomas Edmonds teaches Law 3800, Legal Environment, and Law 384, Criminal Law and Procedure. He began his teaching career at WMU in 1976. Before joining the HCOB full time faculty, Edmonds served 28 years in law enforcement, the last 20 as the elected sheriff of Kalamazoo County. He is the co-author of the police resource book Michigan Criminal Law and Procedure.

James M. Peden joined the Thomas Cooley faculty in 1988. He has extensive experience in law office management and legal supervision and served as executive director Cooley’s Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic. From 1993-1996 he served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Professor Peden served as an assistant public defender in Lucas County, Ohio and is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Michigan and Texas.







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