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Innocence Project Recieves Gift, Reverses Another Conviction

On the heels of recieving a generous gift from the RiverStyx Foundation, the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic learned that the clinic secured its 13th conviction reversal. James Anderson was released just in time to celebrate his first Christmas at home in five years after a Washington State Appeals Court reversed his conviction. Evidence produced by IPNW Clinic student Boris Reznikov '08 helped Anderson prove he was in California when the crime of which he was accused was committed in Tacoma, Wash. Chris Carney '00 served as co-counsel on the case.

The $281,000 RiverStyx Foundation gift will fund a staff position and symposium for the clinic, investigative costs for cases, and more over the next two years. As a result of the gift, Kelly Canary '07, who has worked as a Federal Defender in Yakima and for the Northwest Defender Association, was hired as the IPNW Clinic fellow.

"Having Kelly on board will greatly benefit our IPNW Clinic clients," said IPNW Clinic director and law professor Jackie McMurtrie. "It is a joy to work with her again."

The gift also founded the Integrity of Justice Project, a public policy and education effort. The IJP will work to fostering a collaborative partnership among prosecutors, law enforcement, defense lawyers, the courts, and others to identify best practices and procedures that can improve the accuracy of determinations of guilt or innocence. It is co-sponsored by the IPNW Clinic and the Center for Justice (headed by Breean Beggs '91) in Spokane. Theresa Connor '06 is the newly-hired director of the IJP.

 

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