Wrongful Convictions: The WILLOW Project

Are there innocent people in jail? Are there people in jail who are technically “guilty” and yet are not morally or ethically culpable due to violence, coercion, desperation, low mental functioning or even poverty?  How do theories of punishment based on culpability comport with plea bargaining? Is imprisonment always the best option for achieving societal justice? This on-demand webinar deals with the theory, practice, and investigation of actual cases in which exoneration, commutation, and clemency are an issue. We look at the results of past “mercy” cases in an attempt to ascertain what

Course Category: On-Demand Webinars

CLE Hours: 1.0

CLE Credit: Substantive

Course Level: Intermediate

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Fees: $45 for Members and $65 for Nonmembers

Course Materials: Conference recording and a PDF of the PowerPoint slides

Are there innocent people in jail? Are there people in jail who are technically “guilty” and yet are not morally or ethically culpable due to violence, coercion, desperation, low mental functioning or even poverty?  How do theories of punishment based on culpability comport with plea bargaining? Is imprisonment always the best option for achieving societal justice? This on-demand webinar deals with the theory, practice, and investigation of actual cases in which exoneration, commutation, and clemency are an issue. We look at the results of past “mercy” cases in an attempt to ascertain what may be done in current situations where conviction integrity is questionable.

Instructor: Anne Geraghty-Rathert, JD

Course Year: 2020

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