For Constitution Day, the Constitution Project has put together a great program dealing with wrongful convictions. The Constitution Project has teamed with the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and Georgetown Law.
Fifth Annual Constitutional Commentary Award Presentation and Discussion with the Authors
Join TCP and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project on Thursday, September 15, 2011 as we recognize distinguished authors Jim and Nancy Petro and Brandon Garrett for their respective books, False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent and Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong. In both works, the authors discuss the flaws in our criminal justice system that continue to result in wrongful convictions. Following the award presentation, Jeffrey Rosen, Legal Affairs Editor for The New Republicand Professor of Law at George Washington University, will host a discussion with the three authors.
The event will take place on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Student Center at Georgetown University School of Law from 3:30-6:30 pm. Be sure to RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a seat.
More on the participants:
- Brandon Garrett, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, author of Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong
- Jim Petro, Former Republican Attorney General of Ohio (2003-2007), and Nancy Petro, co-authors of False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent
- Jeffrey Rosen (moderator), Legal Affairs Editor, The New Republic; Professor of Law, George Washington University
The program is open to the public.
There will also be a live webcast of the September 15 program for individuals and groups unable to be in Washington, DC. The webcast will be archived for later viewing, as well. I'm hoping that innocence projects in the states and other groups involved in criminal justice reform will consider organizing local screenings of the event.
Earlier coverage of Brandon Garrett's recently published, Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong is at the link.