Monday, April 6, 2020

Florida's broken criminal compensation laws - Innocence Project Town Hall - Discussion as well on how COVID-19 is affecting the Innocence Project's noble work. Click on link provided to sign up and get notified when the town hall goes live.

We’re so excited about our virtual town hall today at 3 PM ET. We’ll be talking with our great panelists about what we can do together to fix Florida’s compensation laws and how COVID-19 affects our work.

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The panel includes: Clemente Aguirre (A case I have been following on this Blog) who was exonerated of murder after a decade on death row and deserves to be compensated for his unjust imprisonment; Rep. Jamie Grant; Florida Innocence Project Executive Director Seth Miller; and Innocence Project State Campaign Director Michelle Feldman.

"The Innocence Project, which works to exonerate wrongly convicted people, took on Aguirre’s case in 2011. In 2016, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously overturned Aguirre’s conviction and death sentence based on new evidence that included DNA testing of multiple pieces of crime scene evidence that implicated Williams."
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I am monitoring this case/issue. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog for reports on developments. The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic"  section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at: Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at: Please send any comments or information on other cases and issues of interest to the readers of this blog to:  Harold Levy: Publisher: The Charles Smith Blog;
FINAL WORD:  (Applicable to all of our wrongful conviction cases):  "Whenever there is a wrongful conviction, it exposes errors in our criminal legal system, and we hope that this case — and lessons from it — can prevent future injustices."
Lawyer Radha Natarajan:
Executive Director: New England Innocence Project;