Innocence and Justice Clinic

Wake Forest law students, faculty and alumni travel to Atlanta to protest execution

A group of Wake Forest University law students, professors and alumni will join a march on Friday, Sept. 16, in downtown Atlanta to protest the execution of Troy Davis. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil calls for restoring fairness to SBI lab

A judge should not have to order a scientist to prepare an accurate report for use in a murder case. That should just come naturally to the scientist. Unfortunately, our North Carolina SBI crime lab does not believe in this basic principle. Our SBI lab believes that prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges should comb through volumes of policies and procedures in order to predict what an SBI lab analyst will say in court. Continue reading »

Faculty News and Notes Summer 2011

Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards. Continue reading »

A tale of two cities and two juries

Mark Rabil, co-director of the law school’s Innocence and Justice Clinic, had the following guest column run in the Winston-Salem Journal on June 1, 2011.

Winston-Salem and Statesville are only 45 miles apart. Yet in two trials last year, they seemed a century apart. Continue reading »

Prosecutors want Innocence Commission to exclude prisoners who pleaded guilty

Prosecutors across the state have mounted an effort to block defendants who plead guilty from appealing to the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission, a state agency that examines claims that a prisoner may have been wrongly convicted. Continue reading »

Professor Carol Turowski invited to present at National Innocence Network Conference on April 7-10

Professor Carol Turowski, co-director of the  law school’s Innocence and Justice Clinic, will speak at the Ohio Innocence Project’s first-ever conference dedicated to cases of wrongful conviction at the international level, called the 2011 National Innocence Network Conference. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic Co-Director Mark Rabil speaks out regarding Racial Justice Act

House Republicans filed a bill Monday that would effectively nullify the Racial Justice Act that was signed into law in 2009. Continue reading »

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Compensation for Former Death Row Inmate

In a 5-4 ruling, the United States Supreme Court on March 29 overturned a jury verdict and lower-court rulings awarding $14 million to a former Louisiana death row inmate who had sued then-New Orleans DA Harry Connick Sr. after prosecutors neglected to turn over evidence that would have been helpful to his defense.  Continue reading »

Critics target N.C. bill limiting DAs evidence risk

RALEIGH, N.C. — More people will be wrongly convicted if lawmakers decide to ease the pressure on prosecutors to collect and disclose crucial investigative details, critics said Monday. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic presents ‘Death, Lies and False Confessions: The Wrongful Conviction of Beverly Monroe’ on Thursday, March 24

Exoneree Beverly Monroe will speak at noon Thursday, March 24, in Room 1302 of the Worrell Professional Center to discuss the 11 years she spent wrongfully incarcerated and fighting to clear her name.  Continue reading »