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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 »

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Professor Mark Rabil talks with WFDD about pardons of McCollum and Brown by Governor McCrory

Professor Mark Rabil, director of the Wake Forest Law Innocence and Justice Clinic, was interviewed by WFDD.org on Thursday, June 4 regarding the pardons by Gov. Pat McCrory of two brothers who spent three decades behind bars and faced the death penalty. Continue reading »

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Professor Mark Rabil participates in WFU ‘Mass Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System’ symposium

Professor Mark Rabil, director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic, spoke at the “Mass Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System” symposium held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at ZSR Library on the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University. The symposium was held by The Humanities Institute of Wake Forest University.

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Professor Mark Rabil to speak on ‘Mass Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System’ symposium panel Thursday, March 19

Professor Mark Rabil, director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic, will participate in a faculty panel discussion as part of the faculty-student symposium, “Mass Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System,” and opening for the art exhibit “Release: From Stigma to Acceptance” on Thursday and Friday, March 19-20, 2015, to be held at ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404, on the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University. The symposium is being held by The Humanities Institute of Wake Forest University.

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‘American Denial’ documentary film screening rescheduled for Wednesday, March 4

A panel that Professor Mark Rabil will participate in will follow the showing of “American Denial,” a 55-minute documentary, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).