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Cooley Law School Innocence Project to Host Wrongful Conviction Panel Discussion at Alpena Community College

Cooley Law School Innocence Project, together with Alpena Community College, will host a panel discussion, “The Impact of Wrongful Conviction: An Exoneree Panel Discussion,” at Alpena Community College on Thursday, April 11. Registration is available online for the free event on April 11 at 7:00 p.m. 

The panel discussion will feature exonerees Eric Anderson, Marvin Cotton, Ken Nixon, and Gilbert Poole.

•    Anderson was exonerated on Apr. 30, 2019, after nine years in prison
•    Cotton was exonerated on Oct. 1, 2020, after 20 years in prison
•    Nixon was exonerated on Feb. 18, 2021, after 15 years in prison
•    Poole was exonerated on May 26, 2021, after 32 years in prison

Hear their first-hand accounts of how flaws in Michigan's criminal justice system resulted in them being wrongly convicted and what it took for them to finally be exonerated. Ann Garant, managing attorney for the Cooley Law School Innocence Project, will facilitate the event. 

This event is free and open to the public with in-person and online attendance options available. All guests are asked to register before the event online. 

The Cooley Innocence Project is part of the Innocence Network which has been credited with the release of over 375 wrongfully convicted prisoners, mainly through the use of DNA testing. It is the only post-conviction DNA innocence organization in Michigan. Since its inception, the office has screened over 6,000 cases and is responsible for the exoneration of nine individuals: Kenneth Wyniemko (2003), Nathaniel Hatchett (2008), Donya Davis (2014), LeDura Watkins (2017), Kenneth Nixon (2021), Gilbert Poole (2021), Corey Quentin McCall (2021), George DeJesus (2022), and most recently, Louis Wright (2023), who spent 35 years being wrongfully imprisoned. Additionally, the Cooley Innocence Project also helped to exonerate Lacino Hamilton, Ramon Ward, Terance Calhoun, and Crystal Mulherin.