Wrongfully convicted man’s Notre Dame speech revives project 


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A wrongfully convicted Indiana man whose case made national news during Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign has helped revive a Notre Dame law school group.

The (South Bend) Tribune reports that five students struggled to revive the Innocence Project until Keith Cooper’s appearance in April packed a campus lecture hall.

The Elkhart man spent 10 years in prison for a 1996 robbery before DNA evidence suggested his innocence and witnesses recanted. His case gained prominence last year when then-Gov. Pence refused to pardon him. Gov. Eric Holcomb issued the pardon days after taking office.

Club president Tia Paulette and four others stepped forward in summer 2016 to jump-start the Innocence Project. Now there are more than 100 members and their goal is to work on cases of potential wrongful convictions.


  1. Anybody who has been paying attention to Mike Pence for years has seen mountains of proof that he is a bigot, homophobe, and especially a racist. That he would not pardon this man is no surprise. And science means nothing to Pence, or his party. Science gets in the way of him using religion as a means of manipulation.


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