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Exonerated Death Row Inmate Speaks Out

The second day of Duquesne’s Justice for All conference will open on Friday at 8:40 a.m. with the compelling presentation Why Criminal Justice Reform Matters: The Reality of Wrongful Convictions, featuring Kirk N. Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate exonerated through DNA testing, and John F. Terzano, president and co-founder of The Justice Project in Washington, D.C.

Additional addresses and panels include:
11:35 a.m. Higher Standards of Scientific Proof: Lessons Learned from the Massachusetts Council on Capital Punishment, featuring panelist Michael J. Sullivan, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts

1:35 p.m. The Role of the Forensic Scientist in the Investigation of Police-Related Deaths, featuring Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, medical-legal and forensic science consultant, author and lecturer, and former Allegheny County Coroner

2:45 p.m. Distinguished Guest Address: The Justice For All Act, featuring the Honorable Arlen Specter, chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and co-sponsor of the Justice for All Act

Top experts and scholars from across the nation have gathered at the Forensic Science and Law conference Justice for All to explore the sweeping impact of forensic scientific advances on criminal justice reform. The conference theme was chosen in response to the historic Justice for All Act of 2004. The conference concludes on Saturday, April 22.

WHEN: Friday, April 21

WHERE: Wolfe Lecture Hall, Bayer Learning Center, Duquesne University. Members of the media may call 412.396.6051 to arrange free parking.

CONTACTS: Rose Ravasio, 412.396.6051/cell 412.818.0234
Karen Ferrick-Roman, 412.396.1154/cell 412.736.1877

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