Wrongfully convicted man’s Notre Dame speech revives project 

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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.

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1 comment

P.Worth January 1, 2018 at 3:32 pm

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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