Innocence and Justice Clinic

A panel discussion regarding the death penalty was held at National Taiwan University on Tuesday, Dec. 16, which included former federal Judge Samuel Wilson ('74) as moderator; John Brownlee, former U.S. Attorney from Virginia; Leon Huang, a death penalty defense lawyer in Taiwan; and Professor Mark Rabil.

Professor Mark Rabil and the Honorable Samuel Wilson (’74) discuss U.S. death penalty at National Taiwan University

Professor Mark Rabil, director of the law school’s Innocence and Justice Clinic, will join the Honorable Samuel Wilson (’74) on a panel discussion regarding the U.S. death penalty system on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Taiwan National University in Taipei.

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Former Innocence and Justice Clinic students return to present defense in Winston-Salem murder case

Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Rabil, director of the law school’s Innocence and Justice Clinic, says this story in the Winston-Salem Journal showcases the clinic’s work and the fact that the outcome is not always as important as the process. Continue reading »

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Professor Mark Rabil’s work as a capital defender featured in Virginia Quarterly Review

On Dec. 16, 2007, Jennifer Vincek was pulling another overnight shift at the Shell Food Mart in downtown Statesville, North Carolina, when Jeffrey Peck, a regular at the store, stopped in for coffee and the morning paper. As usual, Vincek was alone, so she and Peck sat together and talked through the final flickers of night. She had three young children at home. Peck had five young grandkids. With Christmas just a week away and an unusual weather pattern sweeping across the East Coast, it isn’t difficult to imagine what they might have discussed. Eventually a customer wearing a green parka walked in, a nineteen-year-old named Andrew Ramseur. The store’s surveillance camera picked him up as he walked straight to the bathroom, and  then again thirty seconds later as he made his way toward the front of the store. By then Vincek had returned to the counter. She pointed him toward the bread display, where he picked up a loaf and placed it between them at the register.  Continue reading »

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Innocence & Justice Clinic’s Darryl Hunt reflects on serving 19 years in prison for crime he didn’t commit

Darryl Hunt has been a free man for a little more than 10 years now, but he remains guarded. These days, Hunt works with the Innocence and Justice Clinic at Wake Forest University School of Law. Through the clinic, he goes to Experiment for Self-Reliance to help people get their criminal records expunged, does public speaking and talks to law students about his case. Continue reading »

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Attend free ‘Evening with Darryl Hunt and Mark Rabil’ on Thursday, May 29, at Hickory Community Theater

The Hickory Community Theater and The N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and The Episcopal Church of the Ascension present “An Evening with Darryl Hunt and Mark Rabil” on Thursday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. to be held at SALT Block Auditorium located at 243 Third Ave. NE, Hickory, N.C. with FREE admission.  Mark Rabil is the Director, Wake Forest Innocence & Justice Clinic and Associate Professor of Law. In 1984, a young newspaper reporter, Deborah Sykes, was brutally raped and murdered blocks from where she worked in Winston-Salem, N.C. Though no credible evidence linked Darryl Hunt to the murder, he would spend 20 years in prison trying to prove his innocence. He and his attorney, Mark Rabil, the man who never gave up on proving his innocence, now speak across the country about Darryl’s ordeal, to illuminate the issues of wrongful conviction, race and the death penalty.

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Photo of Professor Mark Rabil and two others particpating in a panel on Thursday, March 6, organized by the student-run UNC Death Penalty Project.

Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil speaks at UNC Death Penalty Project event

The law students sat quietly as capital defense attorney and Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Rabil described the experience of watching one of his clients be executed. Covered in a sheet with IVs trailing from his arms, the man looked around at the roomful of people who would watch him die. His eyes rested on Rabil’s as he mouthed the word “No.” And then Rabil watched as the man he had spent years trying to save from the execution chamber turned blue and died. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil tells Reuters repeal of Racial Justice Act violates due process

(Reuters) – North Carolina’s governor, hoping to resume executions in his state, on Wednesday signed the repeal of a law that has allowed death row inmates to seek a reduced sentence if they could prove racial bias affected their punishment. Continue reading »

Innocence Project co-founder Barry Scheck visits with Wake Forest Law students

The network of legal organizations that works to prove the innocence of people who have been wrongfully convicted of serious crimes is holding a big annual conference in North Carolina.  Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law host Dallas’ first black DA as he discusses his crime fighting experiences

Craig Wakins made history in 2006 when he became the first African American in Texas history to be elected as a District Attorney. Continue reading »

Co-founder of Innocence Project Barry Scheck to speak to students, alumni at Charlotte Center on Wednesday, April 17

CHARLOTTE — The Wake Forest University School of Law will host Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of the national Innocence Project, at a reception beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at the WFU Charlotte Center. Scheck will speak to students, faculty and alumni about the latest developments in the “innocence movement” followed by a question-and-answer session. Continue reading »