News 08.10.12

Wisconsin Exoneree Wins Law School Scholarship

Pictured: Jarett Adams (left) with fellow exoneree Rickie Johnson.
Wisconsin exoneree Jarrett Adams has just received a scholarship for law school from the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Marovitz Public Interest Scholarship. Adams spent seven years behind bars for a sexual assault he didn’t commit before being released from prison with the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project in 2007. From a Wisconsin Law School press release: 

Adams has since graduated with high honors from Roosevelt University, and now the South Chicago native is pursuing a degree in criminal defense law at Loyola University. He says his goal is to learn to defend others “against the same thing that ultimately got me convicted–not having a defense.” 

Adams is the second Wisconsin Innocence Project client to pursue a law degree. Chris Ochoa, the first prisoner ever to be exonerated by the Innocence Project team, received his degree from the UW Law School in 2006.

To learn more about Adams’ case,

watch a video

featuring Jarrett Adams and his Wisconsin Innocence Project attorney Keith Findley. 
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