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Woman’s wrongful conviction shattered her view of the justice system

Beverly Anne Monroe said that before she was wrongly convicted of killing her boyfriend in 1992, she believed in the criminal justice system.

She doesn’t anymore. It wasn’t until 2002 that a federal judge overturned her first-degree murder conviction and she was freed. Continue reading this story.

First American death row inmate exonerated by DNA to speak Oct. 29

Kirk Bloodsworth, the first American death row inmate exonerated by DNA testing, will share his wrongful conviction story, and an expert panel will discuss the causes, reforms and remedies in innocence cases with Wake Forest University at noon on Thursday, Oct. 29, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center.  Continue reading this story.

Death row exoneree to speak to WFU Law School students on April 21

Sabrina Butler Porter, the only female death row exoneree in the country, will speak to the Wake Forest University School of Law about her ordeal of being an innocent woman on death row and the struggles she has endured since being released from prison.   Continue reading this story.

Why would innocent men confess? Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project Sponsors Watch Parties, Nov. 9

Who would confess to a rape-murder they didn’t commit?  The public finds false confessions hard to understand, but this phenomenon is part of about 20% of DNA exonerations. Continue reading »

Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, helps commemorate the passage of the N.C. Racial Justice Act

Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in Texas after serving 12 years in prison for arson. The fire, which caused the death of his three young daughters, was an accident, The New Yorker recently reported. Continue reading.

“Lynching Then, Lynching Now”: National Teach-in Focusing on the Death Penalty

The Innocence & Justice Clinic is pleased to announce that Wake Forest School of Law was selected as one of 5 sites in North Carolina to host this national tour that explores the complex issues involving race and the death penalty in America. The visits in North Carolina are being sponsored by the NC Coalition for a Moratorium to commemorate the passage of the NC Racial Justice Act. The NC Racial Justice Act is a unique piece of legislation in American death penalty jurisprudence. The bill basically allows for a court to review whether racial bias led to a capital prosecution or a death sentence. Continue reading »