April 1, 2019 at 8:15 pm

Exonoree to Speak on Wrongful Convictions, April 16

Dean Gillispie, portrait

Dean Gillispie

The Center for Law, Justice & Culture in collaboration with the the Ohio Innocence Project chapter of Ohio University (OIP-u) and the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, the Ohio Innocence Project is pleased to announce that Dean Gillispie, an Ohio Innocence Project exoneree, will be on campus to share his experience with wrongful conviction on April 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Bentley 240.

Gillispie was wrongfully incarcerated for rape, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery in 1991. Gillispie served 20 years in prison for rapes that he always insisted he did not commit. The Ohio Innocence Project took on his case in 2003, and students worked diligently to overturn his conviction. A court subsequently found that Gillispie had not received a fair trial.

There was no physical evidence associating Gillispie to the crimes. Furthermore, there was information withheld from the jury in 1991. This information included the fact that the investigating detectives had eliminated Gillispie as a suspect, stating that he did not match the physical description that the victims described. He also did not fit the profile of the rapist.

Since his exoneration, Gillispie now serves on the Board of Advocates of the Ohio Innocence Project. He speaks about criminal justice reform to audiences around the world. His case is featured in the best-selling book False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent.

If you are interested in joining OIP-u or want more information, contact CLJC Director Dr. Haley Duschinski at or CLJC Pre-Law Specialist and Advisor Larry Hayman at

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