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DOJ grant to go toward Wrongful Conviction Clinic at LSU

Posted at 5:34 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 18:34:04-04

BATON ROUGE, La. - The U.S. Department of Justice has granted Louisiana State University's law center nearly $500,000 to establish a project that will allow students to identify and review cases that may have resulted in wrongful convictions.

The Advocate reports the university's law school and Innocence Project New Orleans received the sum to jointly start a Wrongful Conviction Clinic where students can examine cases of inmates with innocence claims.

The nonprofit law office has freed or exonerated more than 30 innocent people since 2001.

Officials said students will examine cases that could benefit from DNA testing potentially leading to post-conviction petitions for the defendants.

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