Presumed Guilty: An extraordinary story of injustice, survival and hope on America’s death row- 3/11/15

Presumed Guilty: An Extraordinary Story of Injustice, Survival, and Hope on America’s Death Row featuring Juan Melendez

March 11, 2015 | 4:30-6PM | Newkirk Alumni Center Conference Room B
450 Alumni Court on the UCI campus (corner of University Dr. and Mesa Rd.)
Parking is free (Permits will be provided at Lot 14 by an attendant, beginning 4p).

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In 1984, Juan Melendez was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced
to death in Polk County, Florida based solely on the testimony of two highly
incentivized witnesses. Three separate appeals were dismissed by the Florida
Supreme Court before a stunning piece of new evidence was discovered. He was exonerated and released in January 2002, after nearly 18 years of unjust incarceration on death row.

Since then, Juan has traveled the globe to tell the story of his journey from hope to freedom. Juan was the 99th death row prisoner in the United States to be released based on evidence of innocence since 1973. Mr. Melendez
is a uniquely dynamic and exceptional speaker who shares an inspirational personal story of human resilience, courage, faith, and hope. His legal case highlights the pervasive problems that exist in the death penalty system, such as its unreliability and its unfair and unequal application to people of color and the poor.

Juan Melendez is a member of the Witness to Innocence project and his story is depicted in the internationally acclaimed documentary Juan Melendez 6446 and in One for Ten series of documentary films about innocence and death row. Juan has testified before various legislative bodies in New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maryland, New York and New Mexico.

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Forensic Science Education Series Lecture



April 22, 2014
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
1517 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Speaker: Prof. Richard Leo
University of San Francisco

Prof. Leo’s biography

Prof. Leo’s lecture abstract:
In this lecture, Dr. Leo will discuss: the history of the study of wrongful conviction in America, and generally what we know and do not know about miscarriages of justice; methodological, epistemological and conceptual problems that beset the study of wrongful conviction, and some implications of the shift from the study of actual innocence to the study of exonerations (which may or may not involve actual innocence) in recent years; the problem of interrogation-induced false confessions and recent research on its causes and consequences; and some policy reforms that seek to reduce both false confessions and, more generally, the problem of wrongful conviction.

Approved for 1.5 hours MCLE credit

Reception will follow lecture

Lecture will take place in 1517 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway (SBSG, Building 214) on the UC Irvine campus.
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Cosponsored by:
The Newkirk Center for Science and Society
Center for Psychology and Law
Center for Law, Society and Culture
Department of Criminology, Law and Society
School of Law

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