The University of Mississippi will be screening a film by Joe York called “Mississippi Innocence” at the Newseum in Washington D.C. on Monday, October 3, 2011. The film documents the sad story where two men were independently convicted of crimes that they did not commit. The two men ultimately spent 15 years in prison before the Innocence Project was able to have them exonerated using DNA evidence.
Honorary hosts of the event will be U.S. Senator Thad Cochran from Mississippi and U.S. Representatives Gregg Harper and Bennie Thompson, also from Mississippi. The event will begin with the screening and then a panel discussion will take place. The prestigious panel will include Dahlia Lithwick, Slate magazine; John Grisham: Judge Harry T. Edwards and Professor Angela J. Davis. A reception will follow the screening and the panel discussion.
Dr. David Averill and Dr. Michael Bowers will be representing the National Forensic Science Foundation at the event and will be presenting a check to the University of Mississippi to support the Innocence Project.