Coleman's tenacity achieves justice for wrongfully-convicted man
On May 23, Charles Ray Finch was released from Greene Correctional Institution after serving 43 years for a Wilson, N.C., murder he didn't commit. Finch's freedom, at age 81, came after 15 years of work by John S. Bradway Professor of the Practice of Law James Coleman, Jr., and his faculty colleagues and students from the Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic. The case was covered by local and national news outlets including The Wilson Times, The News & Observer, WRAL, CBS 17, WNCT, INDYWeek, and The Associated Press.
Meet Jim Coleman
Jim Coleman is Director of the Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility and Co-Director of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic. He teaches criminal law, wrongful convictions, and appellate litigation, while his scholarship centers on the legal, political, and scientific causes of wrongful convictions and how they can be prevented. In private practice, Jim specialized in federal court and administrative litigation and also represented criminal defendants in capital collateral proceedings.