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NBA Coaches Join Awareness Effort for Wrongful Conviction Day 2018

Today, Oct. 2, is Wrongful Conviction Day — the annual international observance dedicated to ending wrongful convictions and highlighting the plight of those convicted of crimes they did not commit.

WCD_logoThis year, Wrongful Conviction Day is highlighting the role that racial bias plays in wrongful convictions and the efforts to fix the criminal justice system in its entirety. Created by the Innocence Network in 2014, Wrongful Conviction Day aims to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction and to recognize the tremendous personal, social and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for innocent people and their families.

“Wrongful Conviction Day is not only part of a movement, it is also always a personal day for everyone who works on behalf of the Ohio Innocence Project,” says Mark Godsey, the OIP’s co-founder and director. Continue reading

Prosecutorial Misconduct is Now a Felony in California

One of, if not the most, frequent occurrences of prosecutorial misconduct is withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense; which prosecutors are required by both law and ethics to share. The state of California has taken this “bull by the horns,” and made withholding evidence by prosecutors a criminal felony.

Under the new law, prosecutors who alter or intentionally withhold evidence from defense counsels can face up to three years in prison.

EVERY one of the remaining 49 states needs to follow this example. This is a major step in establishing the kind of accountability prosecutors MUST face if we are to ever achieve the necessary level of ethical conduct on the part of prosecutors.

See the story here.


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The Ohio Innocence Project Joins In Celebration of 2nd Annual International Wrongful Conviction Day

On October 2, 2015 the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the newly formed OIP-u will unite with dozens of other organizations around the world to commemorate the 2nd Annual International Wrongful Conviction Day. This day is dedicated to recognizing those whose lives have been adversely impacted by wrongful conviction and to educating the public on the causes, consequences and complications of wrongful conviction.

The celebration will mark the launch of OIP-u, Ohio’s Collegiate Network of Innocence Advocates. The mission of OIP-u is to support the Ohio Innocence OIP-u Official LogoProject in its effort to free the innocent and prevent wrongful conviction by educating the public about its causes and consequences. OIP-u provides a way for undergraduate and graduate students all over Ohio to come together and fight for the freedom of the many innocent men and women incarcerated in this state. OIP-u and the Ohio Innocence Project will be holding events at several universities across Ohio with newly formed OIP-u chapters, featuring OIP exonerees and staff members.

Upcoming Wrongful Conviction Day Events in Ohio

October 1st
Ohio University 5-7pm Bentley Hall, Room 136
Speakers: Ohio Exoneree, Ray Towler, and OIP Staff Member, Liza Dietrich
Hosted by OIP-u Ohio University Chapter

October 2nd
The University of Dayton 3:30-5:30pm O’Leary Auditorium in Miriam Hall Room 119
Speakers: Ohio Exoneree, Robert McClendon, and OIP Director, Mark Godsey
Hosted by OIP-u University of Dayton Chapter

The Ohio State University Noon-1:30pm Saxbe Auditorium located in Drinko Hall
Wrongful Conviction Day Panel featuring Emmy Award winning correspondent, Erin Moriarty ’77, CBS News; Joanna Feigenbaum ’11, Ohio Public Defender Wrongful Conviction Project; Jennifer Bergeron, Ohio Innocence Project attorney; and Clarence Elkins, an Ohio Exoneree. The panel will be moderated by Nikki Baszynski ’13, also of the Ohio Public Defender’s office.
Hosted by the Ohio Public Defender and the OIP-u Ohio State Chapter

For a complete list of International events visit:

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