Innocence Unmasked Gala
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Duquesne University Union Ballroom
PURCHASE TICKETS BY OCTOBER 29th
7pm - Doors Open
8pm - Guest Speakers
9:15pm - Raffle and Silent Auction Winners Announced
Come enjoy this networking event that includes speakers, refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, raffle baskets, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating the wrongfully convicted and reforming the criminal justice system.
MaryAnn Lubas is an advocate for the wrongfully convicted, director of the Pennsylvania Freedom March for the wrongfully convicted and co-ordinator for the Pittsburgh area filming of Lawless America - The Movie. MaryAnn's son Michael DeLoe was wrongfully convicted on Jan. 15th, 2009. After getting over the initial shock of the injustices she saw in the trial, she came on board to bring awareness to the citizens of Pennsylvania. She has traveled to Washington D.C. giving testimony on Capitol Hill as to the reform needed to stop this from continuing. She has assisted in the co-ordination of a documentary film; Lawless America, whose purpose is to expose in film the injustices that happen all across our country. Director and producer William Windsor has travelled all 50 states taking testimony of those that are victims of the corruption in the justice system. Michael DeLoe's case is one of many that will be featured in the upcoming documentary.
Terrell Johnson was released from prison and exonerated for the crime of murder in October of 2012 after spending 17 years of his young life behind bars! There was no evidence and he was convicted on the testimony of a drug addict with an extensive criminal record. This informant, Evelyn McBryde, was facing up to 50 years in prison. Police PAID McBryde $10,000 and reduced and/or dropped outstanding charges against her after her testimony. Terrell will give a 1st hand account of what being wrongfully convicted does to people and how life is now that he is free.
Criminal Justice Professionals