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May 2007 , Page 51 

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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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