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November 15, 2013

Inspirations from Center on Wrongful Convictions annual benefit

by Dan Rodriguez

Last night at Salvage One in downtown Chicago, the CWC hosted its second annual benefit and awards ceremony.  They honored the filmmakers of the Central Park Five and West Memphis documentaries and Rep. Scott Drury ’97 whose legislative work on behalf of justice reform has assisted greatly the innocence movement in Illinois.

The highlights of the evening were the remarkable comments by four recent exonerees.  Collectively, they spent over sixty years in prison for crimes they did not commit.  To an attentive crowd of 200+, they briefly told their stories and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to all the folks who helped their causes.

God bless each of these brave individuals.  And, again, kudos to the remarkable work of this remarkable organization.  I am very proud that it is a cornerstone of our Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern Law School.

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