Mark GodseyDaniel P. & Judith L. Carmichael Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law; Director, Center for the Global Study of Wrongful Conviction; Director, Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project | Email | Profile
Justin BrooksProfessor, California Western School of Law; Director, California Innocence Project | Email
Cheah Wui LingAssistant Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore Email | Profile
Daniel EhighaluaNigerian Barrister; Project Director, Innocence Project Nigeria Email
C Ronald HuffProfessor of Criminology, Law & Society and Sociology, University of California-Irvine Email | Profile
Phil LockeScience and Technology Advisor, Ohio Innocence Project and Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic Email
Dr. Carole McCartneyReader in Law, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University Email
Nancy PetroAuthor and Advocate
Kana SasakuraAssociate Professor, Faculty of Law, Konan University; Visiting Scholar, University of Washington School of Law; Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW)
Dr. Robert SchehrProfessor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University; Executive Director, Arizona Innocence Project Email | Profile
Shiyuan HuangAssociate Professor, Shandong University Law School; Visiting Scholar, University of Cincinnati College of Law Email | Profile
Ulf StridbeckProfessor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway
Martin YantAuthor and Private Investigator Email | Profile
Category Archives: Project Spotlights
- Bill Moushey and Carnegie Mellon University to discuss possible Innocence Project at CMU in public address
- In Canada, law school clinics an important component of equal access to justice
- Prosecutors shouldn’t have immunity for their unethical or illegal acts
- Death row exonerate Kirk Bloodsworth urges end to capital punishment in Kentucky
- Wyoming House advances non-DNA exoneration bill while bill to compensation exonerees fails
- You have a better chance of being wrongfully convicted by your state than winning big in your state lottery
- A look at the Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinic at the University of Tennessee
- The polygraph has been lying for 80 years
- Michigan Innocence Clinic wins freedom for Andrew Babick, who spent nearly 20 years in prison after an arson junk-science conviction
- Maine one of only two states without a felony exoneration in modern times. Former deputy AG claims it is because “Maine is different.” It appears Maine is different in at least one respect—it has strict limits on an inmates ability to seek exoneration based on new evidence.
- In China, parents of wrongfully executed man finally receive compensation; Chinese government announces it will investigate and punish prosecutors and judges who participate in wrongful conviction cases
- Law clinics in Arizona receive grants to fight wrongful convictions
- Judges in California see “epidemic” of prosecutorial misconduct
- Interactive map of exonerations by state
- Op-ed: U.S. criminal justice system overwhelmed with wrongful convictions
- Sixth Circuit says defendant’s prior exoneration for rape is not admissible by him in his prosecution for later drug offenses.
- Former Dallas DA Craig Watkins, now a private defense attorney, touts the 30 exonerations his office obtained while he was DA in a new radio ad
- University of Wisconsin receives award from Carnegie Foundation, in part because of work of Wisconsin Innocence Project
- New book called 80 Proposals to Stop Wrongful Convictions by the End of the Decade; purchase here
- Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson gets national acclaim in his first year for his numerous exonerations
- In Slovakia, police officer charged with crime for failing to disclose exculpatory DNA results in a wrongful conviction case
- Story on flawed arson science in Texas
- Justice Department in Canada reviewing 1999 murder conviction in Nova Scotia, after finding reasonable chance of wrongful conviction
- Afghanistan set to execute 5 men for rape, despite claims of possible miscarriage of justice due to flawed procedures
- Yesterday, Steve Wax began job as new Legal Director of the Oregon Innocence Project
- California Innocence Project and David House Agency to represent Scott McMahon, a man they believe has been wrongfully convicted in the Philippines
From the ChicagoTribune:
Though the shootings of unarmed black men by police officers have understandably had an increasing profile in public discourse since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Mo., the Agency Theater Collective’s latest offering, “At the Center,” highlights another troubling aspect of our criminal justice system. Despite a few stiff polemicizing moments, it’s a largely gripping and thoughtful drama that goes beyond Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank’s widely produced “The Exonerated,” about death row inmates who were found innocent.
Inspired by interviews with attorneys and staff at the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University’s School of Law, the play (written and directed by Andrew Gallant and Tim Touhy) presents a fictional account of Hector Reyes (Armando Reyes), who has spent 19 years in prison for the brutal rape and stabbing of Elizabeth Harvey (Sommer Austin). The latter has spent the years since the assault fighting addictions and largely turning over the raising of her teenage daughter, Rebecca (Nicole Magerko), to her sister Kathleen (Sarah Welborn).
When DNA testing proves Hector is innocent — despite his confessing to the crime and Elizabeth identifying him from a photo array as her attacker — both find their lives turned upside down.
This is where Gallant and Touhy’s play is at its strongest. By showing us Hector’s attempts to reassimilate (he saves receipts from shopping trips because the date and time stamps will provide him with alibis), as well as Elizabeth’s guilt and horror at having identified the wrong man, “At the Center” forces us to look at the cascading consequences of detectives who are eager to close the books on violent crimes.
It also provides insight into why innocent people will confess under duress (even if it’s not physical abuse), and why eyewitness testimony is less than reliable. Reyes and Austin deliver powerhouse performances, and their climactic face-to-face meeting pays off without feeling like a cheap tidy-bow reconciliation.
The weakest parts of the show, ironically, are those involving the attorneys. They aren’t quite fleshed out beyond their good-hearted Samaritan outlines. But when James Munson’s Bill (based on the center’s executive director, Rob Warden) philosophizes that wrongful convictions happen because some crimes are so horrific that society demands that someone — anyone — must pay the penalty, whether truly guilty or not, it holds a mirror up to our collective thirst for vengeance masquerading as justice.
Through Nov. 2, Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave.; $25 atwearetheagency.org
- Video: Pennsylvania Innocence Project celebrates 5 years
- 2013 Annual Report of Innocence Project of Florida
- Details of Oklahoma Innocence Project’s upcoming benefit September 26th
- The Innocence Project of Texas and the Innocence Project (Cardozo) seek to exonerate two men convicted of killing a Dallas pastor, based on new DNA evidence and evidence of prosecutorial misconduct