REP. JOHN CONYERS JOINS CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON TO HOLD PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS AND DNA EXONERATIONS
Washington, D.C. – (July 15, 2008) Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson will hold panel discussions on wrongful convictions and DNA exonerations this Saturday, July 19. The event will consist of two discussion panels, one featuring three Texas exonerees and one featuring Michigan Congressman John Conyers, state Senator Rodney Ellis, District Attorney Craig Watkins and Jeff Blackburn of the Innocence Project of Texas. The discussions will be moderated by Judge John Creuzot.
Texas has more wrongful convictions proven by DNA evidence than any other state in the country, and of the 32 in the state, 19 were overturned in Dallas County.
A press conference will immediately precede the first discussion.
What: Panel Discussion: Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations
Date: Saturday, July 19
Time: 4:00 – 4:15 PM – Press Conference
4:15 – 5:00 PM – Panel One – Discussion featuring three Dallas exonorees
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Panel Two – Discussion featuring Michigan Congressman John Conyers, State Senator Rodney Ellis, District Attorney Craig Watkins and Jeff Blackburn of the Innocence Project of Texas
Location: Cedar Valley College Performance Hall, 3030 North Dallas Ave., Lancaster, TX 75134
NOTE: The press conference will be held in the adjacent gallery space.