San Diego Innocence Project Calls For Clemency For “California 12”
Monday, December 23, 2013
Aired 12/23/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Justin Brooks, co-founder of the California Innocence Project at California Western School of Law
It's an old-fashioned tradition, one that dates back to the time of kings and royal commands. But it's a tradition that our legal system holds to, because it's often the last chance for justice. I'm talking about the clemency lists that presidents and governors release at this time of year. Lawyers with San Diego's Innocence Project have been petitioning to get 12 people on that list this year. The group is called the California 12 — all of whom, the Innocence Project claims, have been in prison for crimes they did not commit.
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