2018 BENEFIT FOR INNOCENCE
NOVEMBER 13, 2018
The Minneapolis Event Centers, Minneapolis
5:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
PRESENTED BY ADX LABS LLC
After an exciting year of new work and new victories, The Innocence Project of Minnesota is ready to celebrate! As a non-profit organization dedicated to freeing those who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit, and to prevent such wrongful convictions from occurring in the first place through policy and advocacy work, the Innocence Project of Minnesota relies on the support of our donors to make our work possible. The annual Benefit for Innocence is our main fundraiser for the year, and for the past fifteen years we have been honored by the overwhelming commitment of the community to ensuring the Project's sustainability and growth. Your benefit contributions go directly to the work of freeing the innocent and making justice possible.
This year's Benefit will take place on Tuesday, November 13, from 5:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. at the Minneapolis Event Centers, in the beautiful and historic St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis. We expect a sold out crowd of nearly 500 lawyers, business people, community supporters, criminal justice reform advocates, judges, and policymakers. We are honored this year to have Cory Session as our keynote speaker. Session will share the story of his brother, the late Timothy Cole, who was exonerated posthumously in Texas.
Currently, the Project is actively investigating over 30 cases for men in prison claiming they are actually innocence of the crime for which they are incarcerated. We also have three Minnesota cases in active litigation. All involve common causes of wrongful convictions: mistaken eyewitness identification, lying jailhouse informants, tainted and false confessions, and faulty forensic science. In each of these cases, we can prove our client's innocence, but our justice system is relying on technicalities to keep these innocent men in prison. Though our efforts are directed primarily at Minnesota cases, we also serve our surrounding states. In South Dakota, we are in the process of DNA testing for a client who has been imprisoned for over 30 years. In Wisconsin, we represent one of five men who remain in prison for a murder that, in fact, may not have been a murder at all. We are also busy expanding our legal services to North Dakota.
We count on supporters like you to make our work possible. With your support, we will continue to exonerate the innocent, and advocate for systemic changes that cantoprevent wrongful conviction from occurring in the future.
Thank You for Your Support!