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Verbatim: Lady Justice's Blindfold has been Shredded
By Anthony G. Amsterdam
The occasion of this well-deserved award to Barry Scheck and Peter
Neufeld gives us an opportunity to think about the broader implications
of their work.
Its most immediate product, of course, is the rectification of a
wrongful conviction and the release from prison or a death sentence of
an innocent person. This is probably the most significant service that a
lawyer can accomplish. To do that once in a lifetime would justify the
professional life of any ordinary lawyer; but Barry and Peter do it time
and again, as recently as last Monday in the Roy Brown murder case.
More broadly, their Innocence Project has inspired emulation that has
had a multiplier effect. It has served as a model for the creation of 30
other projects devoted to assisting wrongly convicted persons to
establish their innocence. It has helped to sensitize judges,
prosecutors, defense attorneys, the legal profession, prospective
jurors, and the public to the reality and the danger of conv
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