Two Victims of Wrongful Convictions to Speak

2/12/2008

Two men who spent decades in prison after wrongful convictions will visit Suffolk University in Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, representing the Innocence Project.

Dennis Maher, wrongly convicted of two rapes, was exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 19 years in prison. He was represented by the New England Innocence Project and the Innocence Project in New York.

He will be joined by Bernard Baran, who spent 21 years in prison before he was cleared off all counts against him from a 1984 child molestation case. 

Rob Feldman, the co-founder of the New England Innocence Project will be on stage with Maher and Baran. J.W. Carey, the district attorney who prosecuted Maher’s case, also has been asked to join them.

The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. DNA testing has exonerated 212 people in the United States, including 15 death row inmates.

The presentation, sponsored by The Performing Arts Office, in conjunction with its production of The Exonerated will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the C. Walsh Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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