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12-Oct-2017

Dr. Perlin accepts Foundation for Improvement of Justice Chapman Award

At an awards banquet in Atlanta, GA on September 23, Cybergenetics Dr. Mark Perlin accepted the Paul Chapman award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice.

His seven-minute acceptance speech highlighted the impact of modern science on two innocent men. Roosevelt Glenn and Darryl Pinkins were wrongfully convicted of a 1989 five-man gang rape through mistaken identity. The Indiana courts sentenced them both to long prison terms.

In 2001, new DNA evidence didn't free them - the scientists couldn't interpret their mixture data. But 15 years later, TrueAllele reanalysis of the same data found the five true perpetrators' DNA. Pinkins was exonerated and freed in 2016, and Glenn was exonerated in 2017.

"The question," asked Dr. Perlin, "is how do you bring more science into justice?"

DNA exoneree Roosevelt Glenn to speak in Pittsburgh in November

Roosevelt Glenn spent over 16 years in an Indiana prison for a terrible crime he did not commit. Justice failed him. DNA failed him. But law professor Fran Watson helped exonerate him through better DNA technology.

CBS News told Glenn's incredible story in a 48 Hours episode "Guilty Until Proven Innocent." Glenn is coming to Pittsburgh to talk about his experience. He will be signing copies of his book, Innocent Nightmare.

Glenn is the keynote speaker at a CLE conference sponsored by the nonprofit Justice Through Scienceā„¢ public charity. He will be speaking at noon on November 3, 2017 in Room 313 of the Allegheny County Courthouse. His free talk is open to the public.



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