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International Wrongful Conviction Day Event – October 2nd

The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, invites you to participate in the International Wrongful Conviction Day Event, Friday, October 2, 2020. This Year’s Theme will be When Wrongful Conviction Visits Law Enforcement.

At the panel Discussion on wrongful convictions, you will hear the moving stories of those who spent years in prison and fought for their freedom & good name to be redeemed, including stories of wrongfully accused and convicted  Law  Enforcement  officers  and  their  family  members.  The Discussion will include contributing factors, systemic issues, policy reforms, and advocacy movement.

Felipe Rodriguez, an Auxiliary Police Officer for seven years, served 27 years and 9 months for murder in a Queens NY case. After first being released via clemency by Gov. Cuomo, he was exonerated 3 years later based upon previously suppressed police officer notes that “could have impeached the entire investigation”, as well as a witness recantation, who stated that, under police pressure, he falsely stated that Felipe had confessed to him. Panelists consists of;

Herman Atkins, the son of a California Highway Patrolman, served 12 years in prison in California for rape, robbery and using a handgun in the commission of these crimes before he was exonerated by DNA. An avid advocate for the innocence movement, Atkins was instrumental in persuading California state legislators to raise the maximum compensation for the wrongfully convicted. Herman is also currently closing in on becoming an attorney.

Jenny Holtzclaw has been fighting for 6 years for her wrongfully imprisoned brother, Officer Daniel Holtzclaw. Despite Zero Direct Forensic Evidence, Daniel has thus far been wrongfully imprisoned for 5 years in Oklahoma for sexual assault. After a woman reported being pulled over and sexually assaulted by a cop, Daniel told detectives he pulled her over but denied assaulting her. Although a rape exam came back negative, Detectives can be seen on video approaching other women with drug, prostitution and warrant history that had been stopped by Daniel and telling them that, ‘We have a tip that you have been sexually assaulted by a police officer’, with the women eventually agreeing. Daniel’s case has been featured on the documentary, “Railroaded- Surviving Wrongful Conviction” that won the Manhattan Film Festival award, as well as on Michelle Malkin’s series, “Daniel In The Den.” Daniel’s latest effort at overturning the wrongful conviction center around: lumping the 13 accusers and 36 charges together creating a circus-like atmosphere; due process violations; ineffective assistance of counsel; and prosecutorial misconduct.

Jeffrey Deskovic, M.A. J.D. An internationally recognized wrongful conviction expert and Founder of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, which has freed seven people and passed three laws aimed at preventing wrongful conviction. Jeff is an advisory board member of the Coalition Group, It Could Happen To You, which passed the country’s first Commission On Prosecutor Conduct and helped pass discovery reform. The coalition has chapters in NY, CA, and Pa. He also sits on the Global Advisory Council of Restorative Justice International, and is a co-owner of Recharge Beyond The Bars Re-Entry Game. Jeff’s motivation is that he himself was wrongfully imprisoned for 16 years-from age 17-32- for a murder and rape he did not commit prior to DNA exonerating him and identifying the actual perpetrator. (

Matthew Barry Johnson, Ph.D.  is the author of Wrongful Conviction in Sexual Assault from Oxford University Press. The book is focused on the increased risk of wrongful conviction associated with ‘stranger rape’. Professor Johnson is on the psychology faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. Throughout his career, he has been active as a scholar and advocate in matters related to psychology and law, and has consulted and provided expert testimony on numerous legal cases involving coercive interrogation practices and false confessions.

When: October 2, 2020 at 6pm, Where: Webex

Everyone must register for the event, which will take place on Web X. 


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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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