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San Diego’s Innocence Project To Embark On 600-Mile Journey

Evening Edition

Aired 4/25/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests

Jan Stiglitz, Professor and co-director of the California Innocence Project

Michael Semanchik, Attorney, California Innocence Project

Transcript

The Innocence Project at the California Western School of Law has used every legal means possible to reverse wrongful convictions. Now, attorneys are taking to the streets — 600 miles of streets — in a march from San Diego to Sacramento.

The Innocence March will focus on gaining clemency for 12 California prison inmates, known as the "California 12," whose cases supporters say show compelling evidence of innocence.

“There is no rational reason to keep innocent people in prison,” said Professor Justin Brooks, director of the Innocence Project. “In each one of these 12 cases, there is compelling evidence of innocence. The governor has the power to release them and we will ask him to use that power.”

Brooks plans to turn in clemency petitions to Governor Jerry Brown. He said these clients are innocent but they've exhausted their legal options for appeal.

Two other attorneys plan to join Brooks on this long trek. They say they also want to bring attention to the fact that wrongful convictions continue to exist in our prison system.

The Innocence Project made international news last year with the exoneration of NFL Football player Brian Banks. Banks, other exonerees, family members and supporters also plan to participate in portions of the 55-day journey to the state capital.

The Innocence March kicks off with a 12:00 p.m. rally Saturday, April 27, at the California Western School of Law. Hundreds of supporters plan to walk eight miles to Ocean Beach after the rally.

Video

Innocence March

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CHUPACABRA | April 26, 2013 at 8 a.m. ― 11 months, 4 weeks ago

wrongfully convicted and thrown into jail hmm.. And Now for their plea bargain to be overturned they must prove their innocence with what available means? I feep pity on the rest of inmates who aren't even eligible to file their case due to absence of new witnesses or what else.. Certainly that dramatic numbers of currently incarcerated can claim persuasively they've been wrongfully convicted, since most of them should be lying to themselves if they do so, and even some cases out of their conscience of innocence has scanty possibility their guilty sentence will be revoked. But good luck for this non prof. organization's cause to give it a fair try for those inmates, liking a charitable marathon for the cause of breast cancer, or those in gloomy circumstances.

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