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Posted by David Logan
10/02/2012 at 04:03 PM
One of the sad facts about the American criminal justice system is that despite substantial constitutional protections, innocent people are convicted of serious crimes and sentenced to long jail terms (and, most distressingly, the “ultimate sanction” — the death penalty).  The Innocence Project has been pushing back on this front for two decades, and the story of one of those wrongful convictions is manifest in the amazing journey of our own Betty Anne Waters (RWU Law ’98), who went to college and law school (at RWU) with the single goal of...
Posted by David Logan
04/11/2012 at 07:52 AM
RWU was honored to host the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Law Reviews, which brought almost 300 of the brightest law students from around the country to RI for 3 days of networking, discussing how to adapt publications to the digital age, and topics like whether it is advantageous to have a “local law” issue. Check out the Conference Program.  The attendees were treated to keynote addresses by terrific members of the RWU Law family, Betty Anne Waters’98 and Adjunct Professor Don Migliori, plus presentations by faculty members Zoe Argento, Jared Goldstein, Tony...
Posted by David Logan
04/14/2011 at 10:44 AM
Fernando Bermudez was robbed of half his life, spending 18 years in prison – from age 22 to 40 – for a murder he didn’t commit. He was finally freed in November 2009, when his conviction – for killing a teenager outside a New York City nightclub – was thrown out by New York State Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo. In a scathing 79-page decision, Cataldo ruled that Bermudez’s rights had been violated due to grievous police and prosecutorial misconduct.  “It’s been a very long, bitter struggle in which at times I lost hope and even questioned my own existence as a person,” says Bermudez...
Posted by David Logan
10/27/2010 at 12:35 PM
While much of the state was focused on the last-minute visit of President Obama, the RWU Law community was celebrating a very special Rhode Island Advance Screening of the new Fox Searchlight motion picture “Conviction” - the amazing true story of alumna Betty Anne Waters '98 and her efforts to free her wrongfully convicted brother from prison. The film goes into wide distribution this Friday, Oct. 29. Just before the screening, RWU Law sponsored a fundraiser for The Innocence Project, the organization that helped Betty Anne (and hundreds of other families) to win freedom for...