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In 1982, Nicholas Yarris was convicted of murder, rape, and abduction.
He was sentenced to death.
Yarris proclaimed his innocence and in 1989, he became one of Pennsylvania’s first death row inmates to demand postconviction DNA testing to prove it. On July 2, 2003, he was excluded from all biological material connected with this crime. On this basis, on September 3rd, 2003, the court vacated Yarris’s conviction and he became the 140th person in the United States to be exonerated by postconviction DNA testing - the 13th DNA exoneration from death row. Come and listen to Nick speak about his experiences. All welcome.
Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD6WWN38ZGc&feature=youtu.be
Read about it here: https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/ccrc-triennial-review
Meg Tollitt and Jessica Pham have written an article for the next issue of INQUIRY which was inspired by a talk them attended at the
Cambridge Law Faculty by Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle. The article will be published in the summer here:
To find out more about Sunny and Peter see http://sunnyandpeter.com/
The University’s Innocence Project is screening both parts of Rex Bloomstein’s “LIFER, LIVING WITH MURDER” TODAY at 5pm in LG18, Law Faculty. Rex will introduce his work (which has never previously been screened in this format) and will take questions after the screening. All welcome!
'In the Name of the Father', Monday 28 Jan, 5-7pm, LG18 Faculty of Law.
This film, starring Emma Thompson and Daniel Day-Lewis, tells the true story of Gerry Conlon, who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Innocent, but forced to confess to a terrorist bombing, he is sentenced to life imprisonment with his father as one of the "Guildford Four".
Gerry determines to prove his innocence, clear his father's name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history.
Mark Shelley (of Shelley & Co solicitors, here in Cambridge) will explore the practical challenges facing
solicitors when representing clients in the police station. He will be accompanied by two recently qualified
solicitors who will be happy to answer questions on careers in criminal law.
Time: 6. 05, Tuesday 29th January (finishing 7.15). Place: Faculty of Law, LG18
INCU has been invited to attend a special one-day casework workshop on miscarriages of justice.
The event is hosted and organised by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in Birmingham on 27 October 2011. We all hope that the day will help us to better understand the functioning of the CCRC and thereby assist us in furthering the interests of our clients.
Several members of INCU attended a talk by death row survivors, Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle. The event was intensely emotional and inspiring. Members of the Project are currently writing an article about the event, which they hope to publish in INUK’s quarterly newsletter.
On Monday 17 September the Howard League for Penal Reform also published a study completed by Loraine Gelsthorpe, Nicola Padfield and Jake Phillips on Deaths on Probation: an analysis of data regarding people dying under probation supervision. The full report is available on www.howardleague.org/number-dying-on-probation.
Consultation runs from 19 Oct 2012 to 14 Dec 2012. See further: https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/ccrc-triennial-review/consult_view