Law Schools panel discussion on Thursday will focus on conviction of the innocent in criminal casesBy Peter Schuler
The Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University Law School will present a panel discussion about conviction of the innocent in criminal cases from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the Weymouth-Kirkland Courtroom. A reception will follow.
In their discussion, panelists will go beyond the publicized Illinois death- row cases to cases in other states, to innocent prisoners serving long non-capital sentences and to the work on those cases through the Innocence Project at Cardozo Law School.
Panelists will be New York attorneys Peter Neufeld and Barry Sheck, who both teach at the Cardozo Law School and direct the schools Innocence Project; Larry Marshall, a professor of law at Northwestern Law School who successfully defended Rolando Cruz; and Andrea Zopp, former Cook County first assistant states attorney.
Neufeld and Sheck are the authors of the recently published book Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted.