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Wrongful convictions explored at Tulane Law Sept. 29

September 22, 2015

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University of Pennsylvania Law School Associate Dean John Hollway, executive director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice

More than 1,660 people in the United States have been wrongly convicted of crimes and later exonerated, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Of those, 155 served time on Death Row but later were freed, the Death Penalty Information Center reports.

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John Thompson, founder and director of Resurrection after Exoneration in New Orleans

One of more than 40 exonerees in Louisiana, John Thompson came within weeks of an execution date for a 1984 murder before his lawyers in 1999 discovered evidence that had been withheld in his case. He eventually won a retrial in 2003 and was acquitted, going free after spending 18 years in prison.

Tulane Law School and the Penn Club of Louisiana are hosting a discussion about wrongful convictions Sept. 29 featuring two authorities on the subject: John F. Hollway, executive director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Thompson.

Hollway tells Thompson’s story in Killing Time: An 18-year Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom, and Thompson founded Resurrection after Exoneration, a New Orleans-based nonprofit that helps reconnect exonerees to their communities.

The presentation is set for 6:45 p.m. in Tulane Law’s Wendell H. Gauthier Moot Court Room 110, with a reception to follow at 8 p.m. in the Marian Mayer Berkett Multipurpose Room. The visit is co-sponsored by Tulane Law School’s Public Interest Law Foundation.

Tulane Law School is located in John Giffen Weinmann Hall, 6329 Freret St., in New Orleans.

For more information or questions, please contact the Tulane Law School Office of Alumni Relations at lawalumnirelations@tulane.edu.

 
   


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