Center on Wrongful Convictions 2013 Annual Benefit
Salvage One
Chicago, IL
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Join us for the Center on Wrongful Convictions 2013 Annual Benefit!

November marks the 15th anniversary of the historic convening of exonerees that led to the founding of the Center of Wrongful Convictions. As in many years since the
CWC's inception, the past twelve months have been filled with tremendous victories.

This month, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously reversed the conviction of Christopher Coleman, citing "compelling evidence" that Coleman is actually innocent of the 1995 armed robbery for which he is serving time in prison. All charges were recently dropped against CWC client Daniel Taylor, who spent more than two decades behind bars for a murder he did not commit. CWC lawyers won a monumental decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago exonerating Nicole Harris after she was wrongfully convicted of killing her four-year-old son. Andre Davis was exonerated of a murder he did not commit as a result of DNA testing, after spending 32 years in prison. Kristine Bunch was released from prison after serving 17 years of wrongful imprisonment for an alleged arson that claimed the life of her child. And at long last CWC client Johnnie Lee Savory, who spent 30 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, finally won the right to test DNA evidence that will establish his innocence. Mr. Savory has been fighting for that testing as long as the CWC has existed.

The CWC's long record of success has made it one of the most prominent innocence projects in the United States. Since its founding, CWC attorneys and staff have exonerated dozens of men and women who were convicted of and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. The CWC has also been instrumental in criminal justice reforms throughout the country, and it has trained a generation of young lawyers through its clinical program at Northwestern University School of Law.

This year's celebration will feature the success stories of recently exonerated CWC clients Nicole Harris, Andrew Davis, Kristine Bunch, and Daniel Taylor.  Longtime CWC client Johnnie Lee Savory will emcee the proceedings.  The CWC will honor the production teams behind the groundbreaking documentaries West of Memphis and The Central Park Five, and will award the Jenner & Block Award to Illinois State Representative Scott Drury for his work in expanding the legislation mandating videotaping of interrogations to a wider class of offenses.  Guests will enjoy a buffet with heavy hors d'oeuvres from J&L Catering, open bar, and live music from Mar Caribe.
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