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Encyclopedia > Innocence Project

The Innocence Project refers to a number of non-profit legal clinics in the United States. The most well known is based at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. It directly serves only defendants who can conclusively be proven innocent by genetic fingerprinting of evidence done after their convictions. Since its founding in 1976 by Yeshiva University, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has gained a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic program. ... Yeshiva University Yeshiva University is a private university in New York City whose first component was founded in 1886. ... A defendant or defender is any party who is required to answer the complaint of a plaintiff or pursuer in a civil lawsuit before a court, or any party who has been formally charged or accused of violating a criminal statute. ... Genetic fingerprinting is a joke, DNA testing, DNA typing, and DNA profiling are techniques used to distinguish between individuals of the same species using only samples of their DNA. Its invention by Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester was announced in 1985. ...


The clinic was founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. In addition to services to individual defendants, it performs research and advocacy related to the incidence and causes of wrongful convictions. 1992 (MCMXCII in Roman) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Barry Scheck (b. ... Peter Neufeld is an American lawyer and is most famous as the Cofounder, with Barry Scheck of The Innocence Project. ... A miscarriage of justice is primarily the conviction and punishment of a person for a crime that they did not commit. ...


As of September 2005, it claims to have exonerated 162 defendants previously convicted of a serious crime in the United States. Almost all of these convictions involved some form of sexual assault and approximately 25% involved murder. Look up September in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rape is forced sexual activity. ...


Wrongful Convictions

The Innocence Project was established in the wake of a landmark study by the United States Department of Justice and the United States Senate, in conjunction with Columbia Law School. [1] Among the study's estimates are a 5% failure rate in the U.S. justice system, which suggests as many as 100,000 falsely convicted prisoners. [2] Other reports place the estimate as high as 10%. [3] Justice Department redirects here. ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... Columbia Law School, located in New York City, is one of the professional schools of Columbia University and one of the leading law schools in the United States. ...


See also

Capital punishment in the United States is officially sanctioned by 38 of the 50 states, as well as by the federal government. ... Ken Wyniemko is one of two former prisoners in Michigan released on DNA evidence with help from Innocence Project. ...

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Clinical: Innocence Project - Thomas M. Cooley Law School (697 words)
Each term the project accepts 6-10 especially qualified students to work with faculty experienced in criminal and post-conviction law to review and evaluate post-conviction cases for strong evidence of factual innocence and prepare appropriate cases for court action.
As a case is selected for legal action, the project prepares pleadings for court filing and a student is assigned to assist a participating attorney.
The Innocence Project meets as a class for two hours a week; in addition, students meet with their supervisors weekly to review cases.
Wisconsin Innocence Project - University of Wisconsin Law School (895 words)
The Wisconsin Innocence Project is a project in the Frank J. Remington Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
The Project does not take cases in which a person is only claiming that his or her rights were violated--there must be a possibility of developing evidence that can actually prove innocence.
The Project will consider cases from outside this region only if DNA evidence is available that can be used to prove innocence, or if there are similarly compelling and exceptional circumstances, AND if there is not innocence project available to provide assistance in the inmate's state.
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