DENVER INNOCENCE PROJECT ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 7:30PM
Mercury Cafe (2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205)
A very special night of: drinks, heavy hor d'oeuvres, music, dancing, and very special guest speakers, including:
JASON BALDWIN of the West Memphis Three. In 1994, sixteen year old Jason Baldwin was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Jason along with Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. became known as the West Memphis Three. In 2011, the West Memphis Three were released from prison under the controversial Alford Plea. The West Memphis Three is one of the most famous wrongful conviction cases in American history, made famous by celebrity advocates such as Johnny Depp and Eddie Vedder. There have been four documentaries made about the case including HBO's "Paradise Lost" trilogy, and a feature film "Devil's Knot" starring Reese Witherspoon
Don Knight, the attorney for RICHARD GLOSSIP who is currently awaiting to be executed by the state of Oklahoma for a crime he did not commit. Richard Glossip is currently sitting on death row at Oklahoma State Penitentiary after being convicted of commissioning a murder in 1997. Justin Sneed, the man who murdered Van Treese, agreed to plead guilty in exchange for testifying against Glossip, and received a sentence of life without parole. The case is currently featured in a four part documentary series on channel Investigation Discovery, titled "Killing Richard Glossip"
John Dicke, a post-conviction attorney for LARRY THOMPSON. In 1994, Larry Thompson was convicted of murder largely based on DNA evidence. The DNA has recently been retested, and we now know that the original results were completely wrong. Even though the prosecution has admitted and has stipulated that their original test results were wrong, the Colorado courts have refused to allow Larry's defense team to perform DNA analysis on other key pieces of evidence currently in the custody of the Denver Police. The Denver Innocence Project is now working hard to persuade the court to allow new DNA testing using modern forensic science which might prove Larry's innocence.
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