A new law clinic devoted to overturning wrongful convictions will begin work this fall investigating possible wrongful convictions in Mississippi and representing clients on appeal. Authors John Grisham and Scott Turow will headline a dinner on Oct. 22 to raise money for the new program, which will be housed at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Tucker Carrington, a former public defender and visiting professor at Georgetown Law School, has been named as the director of the new project, which will act as a law course at the University of Mississippi School of Law and also involve law and journalism students from across the state.
"There is a desperate need for these types of centers and the kind of representation and outreach they provide," Carrington said. "The sheer number of exonerations nationally and the discussions about them are irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated, rare events. They are a result of systemic defects in our criminal justice system."
Innocence Project New Orleans
also accepts some cases from Mississippi.
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