TCADP Webinar Series: Seeking Justice in Texas
Thank you for your interest in participating in TCADP's webinar series. You will receive a link for the Zoom meeting the morning of the session.
Here's a description of the session we're offering in September:
Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 12:00 to 1:00 PM Central Time: Overturning Wrongful Convictions in Texas
Presented by Christopher Scott of House of Renewed Hope, Mike Ware of the Innocence Project of Texas, and John Hardin of Proclaim Justice
According to the National Registry on Exonerations, 383 people in Texas have been exonerated of serious crimes since 1989. This includes 13 people on death row and 63 from Dallas County alone. In this webinar, we'll hear from three people on the frontlines of overturning wrongful convictions in Texas. Christopher Scott, Mike Ware, and John Hardin will discuss their work and how it has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, recent/pending exonerations, and policy changes they're seeking at the state and local level to address the causes of wrongful convictions.
Christopher Scott was wrongfully convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1997 in Dallas based on faulty eyewitness identification. He spent nearly 13 years in prison as an innocent man. No physical evidence connected him with the crime. In 2010, Scott and co-defendant, Claude Simmons, were exonerated based on another man's detailed confession. After his release, Scott founded House of Renewed Hope to help exonerate other wrongfully convicted prisoners. That work is the focus of the documentary film, "True Conviction." In 2012, the Dallas Morning News named him and fellow exoneree Michael Morton their “Texans of the Year” for their ongoing work to expose and fight injustice.
Mike Ware is the Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Texas, where he directs their investigative and legal services. He also is an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University School of Law and supervises the Texas A&M Innocence Project legal clinic, which is an Innocence Texas partner. Mike graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a degree in philosophy. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1983, where he was research editor for the Houston Law Review and the Houston Law Review's Texas Rules of Evidence Handbook. In 1984, Mike began private practice, specializing in criminal defense. His practice included representing police officers in criminal, civil and administrative matters as well as investigating and litigating whistleblower claims. From July 2007 until July 2011, Mike was the Special Fields Bureau Chief for the Dallas County District Attorney's office, which included the Conviction Integrity Unit. In 2014, he received the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association "Percy Foreman" Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year award.
John Hardin is a licensed private investigator and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Proclaim Justice, which is dedicated to winning freedom for victims of wrongful conviction. John has spent his career in political and public affairs consulting, specializing in communications and field organizing. He has worked on a range of issues at the state and federal levels, including energy, environmental, food safety, and criminal justice reform. After using those skills to advocate for the West Memphis 3, he was determined to spend his time advocating for other victims of injustice.
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