February 2, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Innocence: Wrongful Convictions and Exonerations in the U.S. Criminal Justice System, March 1

In red letters over lady justice: Innocence: wrongful convictions and exonerations

The Center for Law, Justice and Culture is hosting Innocence: Wrongful Convictions and Exonerations in the U.S. Criminal Justice System featuring Mark Godsey and Roger Dean Gillispie on Thursday, March 1, at 5 p.m. in Scripps 111.

The Ohio Innocence Project is one of the most successful organizations in the nation in its efforts to exonerate innocent prisoners.

There will be Meet & Greet with Godsey and Gillispie on Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the CLJC lounge with pizza. 

Ohio Innocence Project graphicMark Godsey is the Daniel P. and Judith L. Carmichael Professor of Law at University of Cincinnati College of Law and also the director of  the Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project. He will be speaking with exoneree Dean Gillispie about the work done by the Ohio Innocence Project and their specific exoneration cases.

Godsey has led the project to become one of the most successful of its kind in the nation, to date freeing 20 innocent Ohio inmates, including the well-known cases of Clarence Elkins, Chris Bennett, and Raymond Towler, and others. His recent book, Blind Injustice, “sheds a harsh light on the unintentional yet routine injustices committed by those charged with upholding justice. Yet in the end, Godsey recommends structural, procedural, and attitudinal changes aimed at restoring justice to the criminal justice system.” 

Gillispie will discuss his own case and exoneration as well as his work since then. He serves on the Board of Advocates of the Ohio Innocence Project, and speaks about criminal justice reform to audiences around the world. Gillispie served 20 years in prison for a string of rapes he did not commit. His case is featured in the best-selling book False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent.

Besides his work with the Ohio Innocence Project, which was founded in 2003, Godsey is a Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Network and is an editor of the Wrongful Convictions Blog, the leading website on the subject of wrongful convictions. He is a columnist on wrongful conviction issues for the Huffington Post and is frequently quoted in news sources such as the New York TimesNewsweek, and the Wall Street Journal. He also is often consulted on innocence and wrongful conviction issues on national television.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, Psychology Department, and the Students for Law, Justice & Culture

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