Recantation Evidence: How to Investigate & Use It Effectively in Innocence Claims
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WHEN: Friday September 26, 2014
TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern
COST: FREE (This free webcast is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance)
CLE Credit: This webinar is not currently eligible for CLE credit
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Essential viewing for counsel in any case where a victim or witness may have recanted. In this innovative 2-hour live streaming webcast, our expert faculty will discuss the challenges defense counsel must face when investigating and litigating cases with recantation evidence. Justin Brooks and Sean O’Brien, nationally recognized experts in post-conviction litigation and wrongful convictions, will discuss the lessons learned from both successes and failures with recantation evidence, and provide a comprehensive strategy for pursuing these cases. Private Investigator Quinn O’Brien will provide instruction on conducting investigations and witness interviews, which could lead to recantation evidence, and are an integral part of case preparation that can have many pitfalls.
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This free webcast is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.*This project was supported by Grant No. 2010-FA-BX-K057 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Community Capacity Development Office, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U. S. Department of Justice.
Justin Brooks, San Diego, CA
Professor Justin Brooks is the Director and Co-Founder of the California Innocence Project at California Western School of Law. He is the author of the only casebook devoted to the topic of wrongful convictions and has founded innocence projects throughout Latin America. He has practiced as a criminal defense attorney in California, Washington D.C., Michigan, and Illinois. Over the course of his career he has served as counsel on several high profile criminal cases and has been successful in exonerating many wrongfully convicted clients. He has been recognized several times by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California. In 2010 and 2013, California Lawyer Magazine awarded him the "Lawyer of the Year" award.
Sean O’Brien, Kansas City, MO
Sean O’Brien, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri ¬¬- Kansas City School of Law, teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Postconviction Remedies and a death penalty representation clinic. He has represented people in capital trial, appeal and post-conviction cases across the country since 1983. His noteworthy cases include Schlup v. Delo, 513 U.S. 298 (1995), which preserves habeas corpus jurisdiction for prisoners who can show actual innocence. In 2009, he received the National Sentencing Project Award and the Daniel J. Brenner Legal Writing Award for his article, When Life Depends on It: Supplementary Guidelines for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams in Death Penalty Cases, 36 Hofstra Law Review 693 (2008), which articulates contemporary standards of performance for defense lawyers and mitigation specialists in death penalty cases. Professor O’Brien has served as the Jackson County Public Defender, Director of the Missouri Capital Punishment Resource Center (now the Death Penalty Litigation Clinic), and is a past President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. His awards include the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2005), the Jackson County Record Legal Leaders Award (2005), Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Lawyer of the Year (2003), and the Midwest Innocence Project’s annual Sean O’Brien Freedom Award (2009). In 2005, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Benedictine College for his work on behalf of indigent prisoners.
Quinn O'Brien, Kansas City, MO
Quinn O'Brien is a private investigator and adjunct professor of law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Quinn started her investigative career as a reporter and freelance writer, making the transition to criminal defense law when she took a position with the Washington, DC Public Defender Service. After five years in the felony one division at PDS DC, Quinn returned to her native Missouri where she opened her own investigations firm, concentrating on innocence and criminal defense law.
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