Fundraising... Ready, Go!!
August 13, 2016
BENEFITING: Innocence Project
ORGANIZER: Innocence Project
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
Since 1989, 1900 people have been exonerated for a crime they did not commit. The work of innocence organizations throughout the nation has created a momentum culminating in the INNOCENCE MOVEMENT. So, now it's time for me to move for the innocent!
I am running the NYC marathon to help raise money for the Innocence Network Support Unit at the Innocence Project.
My legal career has focused on post-conviction innocence work. Every case I have worked and every exoneree I have met has impacted my life. My first client, in prison for a sex assault which DNA testing later proved he did not commit, was merely 28 years old when he was exonerated. Eight years of his life were lost to time sitting in a prison cell. Once he regained his freedom, he had a hard time understanding and communicating what he missed out on. But his parents did not. For eight years, with their son in prison there was a gap in their life that could not be filled nor ignored. For eight years, they did not put up a Christmas tree or celebrate the holidays. For eight years, they did not take vacations bur rather spent their weekends visiting their son at a prison two hours from their home. For eight years, their hearts were broken knowing an injustice had been done to their son but there was nothing they could do to fix it. When John was finally exonerated, it was a happy day, but even more importantly, it allowed him and his family to live again.
The 1900 documented exonerations demonstrate the need for innocence work. We may never know how many innocent people have been wrongly convicted. But, the innocence organizations are dedicated to identifying as many innocent people as we can and helping them regain their freedom. The Innocence Movement has picked up the pace for criminal justice reforms, including the creation of conviction integrity units in prosecutor's offices which have exonerated dozens of innocent people; the creation of legal vehicles to access evidence for DNA testing; and reviews of certain forensic disciplines (such as microscopic hair analysis) which, in turn, have resulted in further exonerations.
Please join me in fundraising for the Innocence Network Support Unit at the Innocence Project!
Arizona Justice Project, Executive Director
Innocence Network Board Member