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Mission (Im)Possible: Two Exonerations in Two Weeks!

Northern California Innocence Project

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (PDT)

Mission (Im)Possible: Two Exonerations in Two Weeks!

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  Mission (Im)Possible: Two Exonerations in Two Weeks!


Speakers: Linda Starr, NCIP Legal Director and our recently freed exonerees: Francisco "Franky" Carrillo and Maurice Caldwell

The Northern California Innocence Project has much to celebrate with two exonerations in just two weeks! NCIP's legal director Linda Starr and staff attorney Paige Kaneb, along with the help from an exceptional legal team composed of Ellen Eggers, Alison Tucher, George Harris, Erika Drous, and Pam Siller, successfully exonerated Francisco "Franky" Carrillo Jr.. Two weeks later NCIP client Maurice Caldwell, who was wrongly convicted of murder, was exonerated with the help of Starr, Kaneb and San Francisco Deputy Public Defender Steve Olmo.

Due the nature of these two extraordinary events, NCIP staff have decided
to change the focus of the April Breakfast Briefing to these two men and
their cases.

On March 14, 2011 The Los Angeles County Superior Court reversed Francisco “Franky” Carrillo Jr’s 1992 conviction for the murder of Donald Sarpy, and ordered Mr. Carrillo’s release from almost two decades of being imprisoned. The conviction was overturned when the six eyewitnesses all admitted that they did not really see anything, and were influenced to make their identifications of Carrillo. In addition, two other men have confessed to the shooting and said that Carrillo was not involved.

On March 25, 2011 a San Francisco Superior Court judge ordered the release of Maurice Caldwell from prison where he has spent the last 20 years after being convicted of a San Francisco murder he did not commit. Mr. Caldwell was convicted based solely on the testimony of a single eyewitness that later proved to be a misidentification. NCIP located two witnesses who actually saw the murder and said Mr. Caldwell was not involved in any way, and a statement from another man that he was the real killer and that Mr. Caldwell was not involved in any way.

Come learn about the cases of these recently released men, who spent a combined total of 40 years wrongfully incarcerated.

NOTE: Attorneys receive 1 hour of MCLE credit for this session.

7:30 am continental breakfast
8:00-9:00 am presentation

Location: Adobe Lodge at Santa Clara University
Please feel free to park at NCIP, 900 Lafayette St, Suite 105, Santa Clara
(corner of Lafayette St. and Homestead Rd., across the street from SCU campus). We will direct you to Adobe Lodge from our parking lot.

For more information, please contact Haley Kaprielian at (408) 551-3000 x5604 or hkaprielian@scu.edu

 *This is a no charge event

** In compliance with the ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requests to: Haley Kaprielian (408) 551-3000 x5604


Innocence Matters: Breakfast Briefings, a distinguished speaker series, brings prominent thought leaders to the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) to discuss the prevalence and causes of wrongful convictions and the legal reforms needed to ensure our justice system's integrity. Hosted by NCIP at its office, speakers include authors, leading scholars, and legal practitioners. These no charge morning events are held the second Wednesday of each month and include a continental breakfast.

Find NCIP and the Veritas Initiative online: www.ncip.scu.edu  www.veritasinitiative.org
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On Twitter: @NorCalInnocence
Join us for NCIP's 2011 Justice for All Awards Dinner! www.justiceforalldinner.com
Have questions about Mission (Im)Possible: Two Exonerations in Two Weeks! ? Contact Northern California Innocence Project

When & Where

Northern California Innocence Project
900 Lafayette Street, Suite 105
(corner of Lafayette St. and Homestead Rd. Parking lot entrance on Homestead Rd.)
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (PDT)

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Northern California Innocence Project

The Northern California Innocence Project embodies Santa Clara University’s mission to create a more just and humane world through working to exonerate innocent prisoners and pursue legal reforms that address the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions.

Visit us online at http://law.scu.edu/ncip/

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