Innocence Project client Thomas McGowan (above left) is set to speak about the role of eyewitness misidentification in his wrongful conviction this afternoon at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in Denver. McGowan will be joined on a panel by the victim in the case for which he was wrongfully convicted, and Mike Corley (above right), the Texas police officer who originally investigated the crime.
We wrote about this unique partnership of crime victim, officer and exoneree recently
, and the three will tell their stories today at a conference with more than 15,000 law enforcement leaders.
Wrongful convictions are a prominent issue at this year’s IACP conference – Rob Warden, the executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law – presented Sunday at
a panel on the causes of wrongful conviction
. He was joined by Center on Wrongful Convictions Legal Director Steven Drizin and former U.S. Attorney Thomas P. Sullivan. Innocence Project Policy Director Stephen Saloom is also attending the conference.
Dallas Morning News reporter Tanya Eiserer is
blogging from the conference this week on the DMN Crime Blog