Innocence Network Conference Convenes in Charlotte, North Carolina

More than 500 attendees from around the world, including at least 100 exonerees, are arriving in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the 2013 annual Innocence Network Conference, which will begin Friday, April 19, at 7:00 a.m. EST with opening remarks at 8:00 a.m. from Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck, co-founders of the Innocence Project, a model that has been emulated throughout the United States and internationally.  The sell-out conference will conclude at 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 20. Exonerees will gather at a preliminary reception Thursday evening.
         The 2013 Innocence Conference will feature a variety of programs for exonerees on topics such as mind and body health, forgiveness and acceptance, and facing the challenges of life after exoneration. Plenary and breakout sessions will address a diverse range of subjects for attendees—lawyers, criminal justice professionals, scholars, journalists, advocates, innocence workers, exonerees and others, who share an interest in wrongful conviction, its causes and remedies.
         A sampling of topics that will be addressed include starting and growing an innocence project, post-conviction DNA testing, innocence work around the globe, litigation strategies, victim perspectives in wrongful conviction, developments in forensic science, and new scholarship.
         For more information on the conference, visit the website of the Innocence Network (here).

2 responses to “Innocence Network Conference Convenes in Charlotte, North Carolina

  1. Would have liked to attend. I’m sure it will be outstanding, once again.

  2. I truly admire the work being done. But it seems like far too many legitimate actual innocence cases are being ignored. I am a jailhouse lawyer who’s been working on a case with scientific proof of innocence, and we have recently obtained a confession from the actual perpetrator. Unfortunately, we’re dealing with an inept magistrate judge in the central district of California who has just denied any discovery or an evidentiary hearing. I love the law, have been studying for years, but as an inmate it seems like my voice will not be heard when a federal judge (who is a former AUSA) is listening. It is just disheartening to see the young man who is innocent sitting in here suffering when he would likely obtain relief if it were a lawyer rather than an inmate representing him

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