Professor Godsey will discuss the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) including known problems with our judicial system, as well as success stories and future plans for OIP. He will be joined by a man who was wrongfully convicted and later freed through OIP's work. Just last year more-than 30 people were exonerated through OIP's efforts.
Professor Godsey has served on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Network, the organization representing Innocence Projects globally, and serves on the International and Amicus committees. He works hard to maximize awareness of wrongful convictions across the globe and works with lawyers and scholars in other countries to help establish mechanisms for fighting wrongful convictions.
Professor Godsey is an award-winning teacher, one of the leading scholars of his generation on the issue of police interrogation, and a nationally recognized attorney and authority on the wrongful conviction of the innocent. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at UC Law, Professor Godsey co-founded and directs the Ohio Innocence Project ("OIP"). The OIP is recognized as one of the most active and successful Innocence Projects in the country, and to date secured the release of 16 individuals on grounds of innocence.
Professor Godsey and the OIP have also proposed several significant legislative reforms in Ohio, and worked tirelessly to get them passed into law. In 2010, for example, Governor Strickland signed Senate Bill 77, a law proposed and championed by the OIP that has been called "one of the most important pieces of criminal justice legislation in this state in a century," and a law that makes Ohio a "national model" on reforms to reduce and prevent the wrongful conviction of the innocent.
Professor Mark Godsey