VICE Media Watch & Learn: Innocence Ignored
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Giving voice to the wrongfully convicted, this special screening and talk-back features two gripping episodes that profile individuals who have lost years of their lives due to flaws inherent in America’s criminal justice system.
Screening to be followed by a talk-back with:
Lara Fernandez, VICE producer
Lara is a two-time Emmy award-winning producer with field experience in the US, Europe and Latin America. Born and raised in Spain, she majored in Broadcast Journalism from Suffolk University, and then spent several years with Univision's environmental unit. She is currently a long-form producer with VICE digital, where her work focuses on social justice issues.
Leroy Harris, featured subject in “Innocence Ignored: Alford Plea”
Leroy spent 29 years in prison for robbery and sexual assault that new evidence —including exculpatory DNA testing results and serious prosecutorial misconduct —strongly suggests he didn’t commit. He took an Alford plea in November of last year which gave him his freedom and allowed him to maintain his innocence, while technically pleading guilty to the robbery.
Vanessa Potkin, Director of Post-Conviction Litigation at The Innocence Project
Vanessa joined The Innocence Project in 2000 as its first staff attorney, and has helped pioneer the model of post-conviction DNA litigation used nationwide to exonerate wrongfully convicted persons. Vanessa has represented and exonerated over 30 innocent individuals, from Louisiana to Nevada, who collectively served over 500 years of wrongful imprisonment, five of whom were originally prosecuted for capital murder.
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