International commercial law firm Winston & Strawn LLP was honored by Law Technology News this week for its efforts in developing
Developed in conjunction with the Innocence Project, InnocenceRecord.org is the first on-line, searchable database of court records and other data of the cases of those who have been wrongfully convicted and later exonerated through DNA evidence.
Winston & Strawn partner David Koropp, who has overseen the development of this project since its inception explains that:
The ultimate objective of the Innocence Record is to preserve these critically important documents and create a means for making them accessible to those academics, legislators, law enforcement agencies, and members of the general public interested in understanding why wrongful convictions take place and in discovering ways to prevent them from occurring in the future.
The website was launched in September 2010 following six years of scouring the country for all available court records relating to cases where wrongfully convicted defendants were later exonerated through the use of DNA evidence. The files were then carefully summarized and abstracted by Winston & Strawn, while the records themselves were archived and digitized.