The Brown University men’s lacrosse team is jogging around campus today in a 36-hour run-a-thon to raise money for the Innocence Project. Team member Reade Seligmann pitched the idea before he transferred to Brown from Duke this year. Seligmann and two teammates faced charges in 2006 of raping a woman at a Duke lacrosse team party, but charges were dropped this year when evidence of their innocence surfaced. The Innocence Project was not involved in the Duke case, but Seligmann said he became an Innocence Project supporter after seeing first-hand how wrongful convictions can happen.
With his personal story, Seligmann would be a natural spokesman on campus for the Innocence Project, even though the organization did not personally help him during the Duke case. But Seligmann was quick to deflect credit for organizing the event, saying that it was really his coaches who put in the grunt work to get the event together.
"Just having gone through what I went through really opened my eyes to the injustices" of the court system, Seligmann said. "The Innocence Project right now is the most legitimate program trying to change the wrongs of the criminal system."
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. (Brown Daily Herald, 11/28/07)
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