Friday, March 23, 2007

An Examination of Wrongful Convictions in America

This Information is from Friends of Peltier.
Event: An Examination of Wrongful Convictions in America
The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is pleased to invite you to "Innocence Week: An Examination of Wrongful Convictions in America," to be held at American University’s Washington College of Law from March 26 through March 30.
The week will feature a series of engaging luncheon panels, which will include Dennis Fritz, whose case was featured in John Grisham’s most recent book, and Kirk Bloodsworth, who was sentenced to death in Maryland for a crime he did not commit.
Innocence Week will culminate in two performances of The Exonerated, a critically acclaimed play about the experiences of six individuals who were sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit.
To purchase tickets or to reserve space at the luncheons, please call (202) 274-4075 or email
.Peltier supporters in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area may wish to attend. This will be a friendly venue and an opportunity for you to educate people about the Peltier case.

More Information From The Mid Atlantic Innocence Project:
All lectures are free and open to the public. Monday's panel will consist of Washington College of Law criminal law professors in a discussion of how a truly innocent person can be wrongly convicted in the American system of justice. Tuesday's luncheon will feature Detective Jim Trainum of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, Tim O'Toole of the DC Public Defender Service, and MAIP Executive Director Shawn Armbrust discussing eyewitness misidentification and false confessions. On Wednesday, we will have a special presentation and book-signing by Kirk Bloodsworth, a Maryland man who was wrongly convicted of a brutal rape and murder and who spent several years on death row before his exoneration. He will be accompanied by Tim Junkin, who wrote a book about his case, and John Terzano, the Executive Director of The Justice Project. Finally, on Thursday, we will hear from two men, including Dennis Fritz, who were wrongly convicted and eventually exonerated after spending many years in prison. Mr. Fritz will sign copies of his new book following the luncheon.

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