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The Innocence Project (Grand Rapids)

February 25, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Join us for a lecture on “The Innocence Project: Sources of Wrongful Convictions, Litigation Challenges, and Life After Exoneration.”

“My sons, when I left, was babies. Now they’re grown men with babies.”
— Glenn Ford, Louisiana’s longest-serving death row inmate, exonerated in 2014.

The question of how many innocent people are wrongfully behind bars is deeply troubling. Though nobody knows the true answer, the number of exonerations since the early 1990’s indicate the number of innocent people in prison is much higher than previously thought.

Created in response to the advent of DNA evidence, the relatively recent legal field of “innocence work” has in short time resulted in the exonerations of over 1,500 individuals — over 100 in 2014 alone. Yet, the pervasive problems with our broken criminal system persist: junk science, pleas, eyewitness misidentification, false confessions, government misconduct, and more contribute to wrongful convictions.

At this presentation, we will explore the meaning and sources of wrongful convictions using true stories from the Michigan Innocence Clinic, which has already exonerated seven of its clients since its inception in 2009. We will also discuss the investigative and litigation obstacles and strategies. Finally, we will examine other important facets of innocence work, including life after exoneration.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Meredith Osborne

Student Attorney, Michigan Law Innocence Clinic, University of Michigan

Meredith Osborne graduated magna cum laud from Grand Valley State University, with dual degrees in Philosophy and Liberal Studies. Between undergrad and law school, Meredith lived in Chicago for several years. There, she led a youth after-school program and also worked as an immigration intern at RefugeeOne. Meredith is currently a second-year law student at the University of Michigan Law School. She is in her second semester as a student attorney for the Michigan Law Innocence Clinic. She has previously worked as a legal intern for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and will be working as an associate for the civil rights firm Loevy & Loevy in Chicago this summer. Meredith is a Contributing Editor on the National Lawyers Guild Review. She is also a member of the Michigan State Bar and is active on the boards of Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and the National Lawyers Guild. The National Lawyers Guild of Michigan recently awarded Meredith the 2015 Outstanding Law Student award.