USF lecture focuses on wrongful convictions | Crime
Tampa, Florida- Friday March 1, the University of South Florida is having a lecture which focuses on wrongful convictions in the legal system.
Being wrongfully accused of a crime occurs much more frequently than Americans imagine. Jim Petro learned that first hand as Ohio's Attorney General. He and his wife Nancy, co-authors of False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent, will discuss why our justice system convicts the innocent and how we can reduce tragic conviction errors that put all Americans at risk.
While Ohio's prosecutor, Petro became the first state Attorney General to intervene in an Innocence Project case when he became convinced that an innocent man was serving a life sentence in Ohio for a murder and rapes he did not commit. Petro has since become a pro bono attorney for the Innocence Project, was instrumental in changing Ohio's criminal justice law, and is an advocate for criminal justice reform. His wife, who co-wrote False Justice - Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent, will actively debunk myths that fuel conviction errors during the lecture.
The free event begins at 12:15 p.m. in Room 300 of the NEC Building on the USF Campus, located at 4202 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa. The NEC building is at southeast corner of the intersection of E. Fletcher Ave. and Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
To register and order a $2.50 parking permit, call 813-974-2403.