Innocense Matters Courageous Truth Award – June 28th

death penaltyDistrict Attorney Craig Watkins Shares His Vision for freeing the innocent.

What should a prosecutor do when confronted with the possibility of a wrongful conviction?

Attend Innocense Matters’ Second Annual Courageous Truth Award and learn more about one courageous leader’s determination to follow the truth in all circumstances.

Our keynote speaker, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, is forging the way toward a more just system. In 2007, Mr. Watkins opened the Conviction Integrity Unit with two main objectives: (1) to educate prosecutors about the causes of wrongful convictions; and (2) to take a close look at closed cases with available DNA evidence and a reason to suspect a wrongful conviction.

Since 2007, the Unit has discovered and freed thirty-two innocent people. Mr. Watkins will share his vision for a criminal justice system that relentlessly follows the truth and will reveal experiential insights into post-conviction investigation.

Craig Watkins became the first African American district attorney in Texas in 2006, when he was elected. Since becoming district attorney, Mr. Watkins has worked to resolve cases of wrongful conviction. He has used DNA testing and the review of evidence illegally withheld from defense attorneys to overturn dozens of wrongful convictions freeing the innocent victims of our flawed legal process.

The Dallas Morning News selected Watkins as its 2008 Texan of the Year.

We are pleased to host this event in partnership with the ACLU@USC, a student organization at USC Gould School of Law.

Join us in this celebration of justice and be a part of the momentum toward a more accurate criminal justice system.

Tickets can be purchased online at

Date: June 28, 2012
Reception 7:00-7:45 | Event 7:45-9:00
Location: USC’s The Forum, room 450
Attire: Business casual
Ticket Price: $50 now through June 27 | $75 at door if space permits 
Student Price: Free–$5 holds your free seat while space available
Heavy hors d’oeuvres & drinks included

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