Barry Scheck, the famed O.J. Simpson defense lawyer turned advocate for the wrongly imprisoned, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Sarah Lawrence College’s Reisinger Concert Hall about “The Innocence Movement.”
Scheck, who co-founded the Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, will talk about the impact of his and his colleagues’ work to exonerate the wrongfully accused. Since the Innocence Project was founded in 1992, more than 300 people have been exonerated by DNA.
Scheck’s Innocence Project was instrumental in freeing Jeff Deskovic, who spent 16 years in prison for the 1989 murder and rape of a Peekskill teen that he did not commit. The Innocence Project took on his case in 2006 and retested semen from the rape kit with new technology that matched a convicted murderer already in prison for killing his girlfriend’s sister. Deskovic was freed that year.