Innocence Project planning a series exploring the role of forensic evidence in the criminal justice system

October 22, 2007Duke Law News

October 22, 2007 -- The Duke Law Innocence Project has been selected to receive one of this year’s Campus Grant awards from the Duke University Kenan Institute for Ethics. The grant will help fund the “Duke Law Innocence Project Forensic Science and Law Workshop,” a series of workshops and lectures that will explore the role of forensic evidence in the criminal justice system.

The campus grants are intended to support initiatives that promote ethical or moral reflection, deliberation, and dialogue at Duke. The Innocence Project Series will be interdisciplinary in nature, exploring legal, scientific, ethical, and political issues related to the gathering and use of forensic evidence in criminal cases. Multiple perspectives will be reflected through the participation of prosecutors, law enforcement, defense attorneys, and scientists.

The kick-off presentation is scheduled for November 14, 2007, with a presentation by George Castelle, an expert in forensic science who led the investigation into one of the most serious forensic science scandals in the nation.

The Innocence Project’s proposal was one of only six selected from a very competitive applicant pool, according to the Kenan Institute. Susan Pourciau, managing director of the Innocence Project, drafted the proposal, and she along with Jeff Ward, the director of the Innocence Project, and Kristina Johnson, the program director, submitted the winning application.