David Crane speaking about Ukraine in Waynesville

SAVING THE REPUBLIC — Maggie Valley resident David Crane will speak about saving the republic May 12 in Waynesville. He recognized for his role as Founding Chief Prosecutor of the U.N. Special Court in Sierra Leone, where he guided the efforts to convict and imprison Liberia’s 22nd President and warlord Charles Taylor.

“This Republic Is Worth Saving” is the theme for a second forum featuring internationally acclaimed prosecutor David Crane. The forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the USDA Center, 589 Raccoon Road, Waynesville. The event is free and open to the public.

“A republic is a rare event in history — the United States is one such republic — one of the longest and revered,” said Crane. “Its Constitution is a political ‘work of art.’ It’s worth defending, preserving and protecting.”

During his first forum April 7, Crane addressed aggression in Ukraine, explaining how Russian President Vladimir Putin can be prosecuted for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Crane is internationally recognized for his role as founding chief prosecutor of the U.N. Special Court in Sierra Leone, where he guided the efforts to convict and imprison Liberia’s 22nd President Charles Taylor, the most powerful warlord in West Africa during the late 1990s. Taylor is currently serving a 50-year prison term.

The forums are being hosted by the Haywood County Democratic Party. For information, contact Myrna Campbell at myrna233@gmail.com.

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