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The Wrongful Convictions Project Brings Attention To Unjustified Rulings Through Its Lunch & Learn Series

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The Wrongful Convictions Project (WCP) hosts "Lunch & Learn," a three-session series to bring attention to wrongful convictions and other unjustified rulings.

WCP aims to advocate for proper representation, research and public education. The organization collaborates with project faculty, staff, cooperating outside attorneys and Miami Law students to investigate possible wrongful convictions and represents imprisoned clients who claim innocence.

On the following dates the WCP will bring together various experts to discuss the dynamics of the criminal justice system. The speakers will be followed by a Frontline special on the pertaining topics. The events take place in room F209 between 12:30 and 1:50 p.m. Lunch is provided. To attend any of the events, please RSVP to umwrongfulconvictions@gmail.com or gretchencothron@gmail.com.

Jan 25: False Confessions, Why Do People Confess to Crimes They Did Not Commit?. Followed by the Frontline special, The Norfolk Four story

Mar 7: Faulty Forensics, The Evolution of Forensic Science." Followed by the Frontline special, The Cameron Todd Willingham story

Apr 14: Wrongful Convictions in Florida. Followed by the Frontline special: The Frank Lee Smith story – This story reveals how Mr. Frank Smith died in prison of cancer nearly 11 months after a DNA test cleared him of the 1985 murder and rape of an 8-year-old girl from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mr. Smith had been incarcerated for 14 years and died at the age of 52. Speaker will be attorney Ray Taseff.