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Natural and Social Sciences Lecture: “Innocence: The Wrongfully Convicted In America,” Oct. 11

Date Released: 9/7/2007

“Innocence: The Wrongfully Convicted in America” is the topic of  the John Howard Lecture on Law and Justice, part of the  Purchase College Natural and Social Sciences Lecture Series, October 11 at 6:30 PM in Room 1001 of the Natural Sciences Building. Guest speakers are Jeffrey Deskovic, an innocent man wrongfully convicted of murder, and Law Professor Adele Bernhard of Pace University School of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-251-6601.

Mr. Deskovic, who served 15 years in prison as a result of a coerced confession, will tell his story. Ms. Bernhard, a nationally recognized legal scholar and advocate for the wrongfully convicted, will discuss the reforms necessary to ensure that the criminal justice system delivers justice.

More than 200 wrongfully convicted people have been released in the last decade, some from death row, as a result of DNA evidence. Insofar as every false conviction means that the felon who actually committed the crime remains at large to commit further crimes, a toll is exacted on society as well as on the person wrongfully convicted.

The lecture is presented with the generous support of Robert Timberger.