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Celebration of Darryl Hunt’s life set for Saturday, March 19, at Emmanuel Baptist Church

A funeral for Darryl Hunt, a Winston-Salem man wrongfully convicted of murder in a highly publicized case, will be held Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Hunt, who was 51, worked closely with the Wake Forest Law Innocence and Justice Clinic. Professor Mark Rabil, director of the  clinic, was an assistant capital defender in Forsyth County whose zealous advocacy led to the release and exoneration of Hunt after 19 years of incarceration.

“Twenty years of wrongful of incarceration and 12 years of being a voice for the voiceless is what killed Darryl Hunt,” Rabil said. “He embodied all that trauma  and took it on himself.” Continue reading »

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Vigil held for Darryl Hunt on Sunday, March 13, at Emmanuel Baptist Church

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A vigil was held for exoneree Darryl Hunt, who worked closely with the Wake Forest Law Innocence and Justice Clinic, at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1075 Shalimar Drive, in Winston-Salem.

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Professor Mark Rabil discusses Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” documentary in Public News Service

Professor Mark Rabil discusses in Public News Service whether Steven Avery, the subject of the new documentary “Making a Murderer,” was given the presumption of innocence throughout his trial. Read the full story below.

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Pro Bono Project efforts featured in Winston-Salem Journal for helping get certain criminal records cleared

The following story originally ran in the Winston-Salem Journal on Sunday, Jan. 31, here.

One evening last fall, a woman walked into Samaritan Ministries with baggage she hoped to unload. That baggage was a criminal charge from her youth that was preventing her from getting gainful employment.

The woman knew that help might be available from an expungement clinic being offered at the ministry on Northwest Boulevard. Students from Wake Forest University’s School of Law, working with Judge Denise Hartsfield of Forsyth District Court and supporting attorneys from the Forsyth County Bar Association, hold clinics monthly to help people determine if they qualify to have certain crimes removed from their records.

Last week, the woman was back at the clinic, expecting to face more paperwork. Instead, she found out that her petition to have her charge cleared — and the petitions of 24 others — had already been sent to Raleigh for approval.

“She was thrilled,” said Emily Morris, a third-year law student who coordinates the expungement clinics. The next expungement clinic is scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Samaritan Ministries.

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Innocence and Justice Clinic director shares thoughts on ‘Making a Murderer’ documentary with WXII

Professor Mark Rabil, the director of Wake Forest Law’s Innocence Clinic, said he started teaching the Steven Avery murder case years before the “Making a Murderer” documentary came out. He shares his thoughts on what the popular series shows with WXII’s Briana Conner. Watch the video here. Continue reading »

Professor Mark Rabil tells The Associated Press he questions North Carolina crime lab analysts’ objectivity

Professor Mark Rabil tells The Associated Press he questions the North Carolina crime lab analysts’ objectivity since the lab, although no longer part of the State Bureau of Investigation, is still under the Attorney General’s Office, in the following story that originally ran in the Raleigh News and Observer here. 

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Professor Mark Rabil participates in death penalty panel discussion at Duke University on Friday, Nov. 13

Professor Mark Rabil, director of Wake Forest Law’s Innocence and Justice Clinic, is one of three participants on the panel, “Human Dignity and the Death Penalty.” to be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Duke University, Rubenstine Library, Room 153. The event, which will be followed by a dinner reception, is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Professor Mark Rabil discusses the problem with mass incarceration in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Professor Mark Rabil was quoted in the following article, “Legal Experts Advocate Change in Mindset Toward Policing, Incarceration” in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education on Wednesday, Oct. 28. He discusses how the mass incarceration occurring in the U.S. today is akin to modern-day slavery. Rabil has been the director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic at Wake Forest Law since 2009. In 1984, Rabil began representing Daryl Hunt, a man who had been accused rape and murder, and spent the next 20 years proving that Hunt was innocent until he was finally released in 2003. Rabil has served Wake Forest Law in many capacities, from clinic supervising attorney to adjunct professor to full professor, since 1983. Continue reading »

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‘Beyond Ferguson – Criminal Justice Reform for the 21st Century’ to feature discussion by police, prosecutors on Wednesday, Oct. 28

The Wake Forest Law Criminal Justice Program and the American Constitution Society will co-host, “Beyond Ferguson – Criminal Justice Reform for the 21st Century,” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. Scheduled speakers include Walter Holton (JD ’84), former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, Winston-Salem Police Department Capt. Natoshia James and Wake Forest Law Professors Mark Rabil and Kami Chavis Simmons, who is the director of the Criminal Justice Program. Continue reading »

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Professor Mark Rabil says new CDPL study highlights increased N.C. taxpayer cost when state pursues death penalty

DURHAM ― Death penalty advocates say executions are needed to punish a small handful of the “worst of the worst” criminals. However, a new report from the Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL) finds that the death penalty in North Carolina is being used broadly and indiscriminately, with little regard for the strength of the evidence against defendants ― and putting innocent people at risk of being sentenced to die. See the full report here: http://www.cdpl.org/wrongfulprosecutions and watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/130797227 Continue reading »