Innocence Project week includes panel discussion at Gallagher

Xavier and UC team up to bring attention to innocence claims of state prison inmates | September 8, 2004

Xavier and the University of Cincinnati have teamed up to kick off a week of observances for The Innocence Project, including a panel discussion in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 9, on “Politics and Theater.”

Founded in 1992, the non-profit legal clinic has used DNA evidence to exonerate more than 140 people wrongfully imprisoned, some of whom were on death row or had been incarcerated for decades.

The project includes a Cincinnati chapter founded at the University of Cincinnati to bring attention to the innocence claims of convicted state prison inmates. The project allows students at the College of Law to investigate the cases of Ohio inmates who have been convicted of serious crimes and who have steadfastly maintained their innocence.

The 2:30 p.m. discussion on Thursday, open to all Xavier students, University of Cincinnati law students and members of the community, is one in a series of events this week recognizing the work of the Innocence Project.

On Tuesday, Sept. 7, the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati hosted a special preview performance of the award-winning docu-drama, “The Exonerated,” for invited guests.

On Wednesday, Sept. 8, project co-founder and attorney Barry Scheck made a presentation at the UC College of Law. Scheck is best known as the DNA expert on the O.J. Simpson defense team and has served as counsel on many high-profile cases.

The discussion at Xavier on Thursday looks at the role theatre can play in politics and social issues. The panel includes a cast member from “The Exonerated” film.

The Friday, Sept. 10, event features a Rhode Island police officer wrongly convicted of killing his wife and who spent several years on the state’s death row before DNA testing proved his innocence. The event takes place at the UC College of Law, Room 114, at 2:00 p.m.

The regional premiere of “The Exonerated” continues through Sept. 26 at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Proceeds are benefiting The Ohio Innocence Project. Xavier and UC have purchased about 100 seats for the Sept. 15 production for their students. The theater is located at 1127 Vine St. in downtown Cincinnati. For tickets, call (513) 421-3555.