The Pursuit of Innocence

What’s better than a lawyer getting a wrongfully-convicted man freed from prison? That same man becoming a lawyer and using his law license to work to free others who are wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.   

Jarret Adams, now 36, was sentenced to 28 years in prison when he was just 17 years sold.  Keith Findley, director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, got him freed after eight years behind bars when the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that his defense lawyer had failed to call a critical witness at trial.  

Adams – who passed the New York bar exam in July and now works for the Innocence Project – recently made his first court appearance in Wisconsin, where he examined two witnesses in an effort to free Richard Beranek, who was convicted of rape despite DNA evidence indicating he was not the rapist.  
Sometimes personal experience can help an attorney better represent clients, but rarely is it this deeply personal. Kudos to Jarret Adams on his career choice.  
 

Posted: 2/21/2017 10:24:30 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

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