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 preventing 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 fourteen years we have been honored by the overwhelming commitment of the legal community to ensuring the Project's sustainability and growth. Your benefit contributions go directly to the work of innocence, and to the ongoing work of making justice possible.
This year's Benefit will take place on Thursday, November 16, from 5:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. at the Depot in Downtown Minneapolis. We expect a sold out crowd, primarily consisting of approximately 500 lawyers, criminal justice reform advocates, judges and legislators, with high-profile media coverage. We are honored this year to have Reade Seligmann as our keynote speaker. Reade Seligmann is one of the three falsely accused players exonerated in the Duke Lacrosse case in 2007. He has since worked alongside the Innocence Project to advocate for eyewitness identification and exoneree compensation reform. Reade is an active member of the Innocence Project’s Young Professionals Committee and is a litigation associate at Alston & Bird LLP in New York City.
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 eye-witness 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 can to prevent wrongful conviction from occurring in the future.
Thank You for Your Support!
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