Panel of Exonerees to Join Barry Scheck at American Chemical Society Conference


Panel of Exonerees to Join Barry Scheck at American Chemical Society Conference

In late August, the 244th American Chemical Society National Meeting will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and include a full presentation on the work of the Innocence Project.


The Chemistry and the Law Division of the ACS will discuss how forensic science can play a tragic role in convicting the innocent and hear firsthand from DNA exonerees Steven Barnes, Ray Krone and Raymond Santana about the effects of wrongful conviction. Additionally, Innocence Project Co-Founder Barry Scheck will speak about what should be done to strengthen forensic science.


Steven Barnes

spent more than 19 years in a New York prisons,

Ray Krone

was sentenced to death and spent 10 years in Arizona prisons, and

Raymond Santana

, one of the Central Park Five, spent five years in prison. Unvalidated or improper forensic science played a role in all three convictions which were later overturned when DNA testing proved their innocence.


Other panelists include Idaho Innocence Project Director Greg Hampikian and Pennsylvania Innocence Project Legal Director Marissa Boyers Bluestine, who will speak about their work with the wrongfully convicted.


The meeting will take place in Philadelphia on August 19-23 with the Innocence Project presentation taking place on Monday, August 20.


Read more about the

Innocence Project panel



Download a PDF of the

final program

for the fall 2012 ACS national meeting in Philadelphia, Aug. 19–23.

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