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Public forum at UIS examines prosecution complex and the wrongfully convicted

March 14, 2005

SPRINGFIELD - A public forum on “The Prosecution Complex and the Wrongfully Convicted” will be held at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in University Hall room 2008, on campus at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The forum is free and open to the public and is held in conjunction with the UIS course “Conviction of the Innocent.”

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Downstate Innocence Project

The program will feature a panel discussion with Thomas Frisbie, John Hanlon, and Bill Clutter. Frisbie is a Chicago Sun-Times reporter and co-author of Victims of Justice: The True Story of Two Innocent Men Condemned to Die and a Prosecution Out of Control, about the Jeanine Nicarico murder case and the wrongful prosecution of Rolando Cruz and Alexandro Hernandez. Hanlon is an attorney for the Illinois Office of State Appellate Defender’s Capital Litigation Project and has been a participant in the appeals process in this and many other innocence cases. Clutter, a private investigator and director of investigations for the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, has also worked on appeals in many innocence cases, including the Nicarico case.

The Downstate Illinois Innocence Project is housed within the Institute for Legal and Policy Studies at UIS. Under its auspices, students in Legal Studies and other degree programs provide research and investigative assistance to individuals who have been arrested, tried, found guilty, and imprisoned for crimes they most likely did not commit.

Conviction of the Innocent is taught by Lawrence Golden, professor emeritus of Political Studies and Legal Studies at UIS.

For more information, contact Golden at 206-7885.

 

 

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