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THE INNOCENCE PROJECT ANNUAL REPORT 2009

BENJAMIN N. CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW, YESHIVA UNIVERSITY


BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michelle Adams
Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
CONTENTS
Gordon DuGan
President and Chief Executive Officer, W.P.
Carey & Co., LLC FEATURES
Senator Rodney Ellis
Texas State Senate, District 13 “I AM WORTH YOUR HELP” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Board Chair
Jason Flom AN INNOCENT PERSON WORTH FIGHTING FOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
President, LAVA Records
John Grisham A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WORTH FIXING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Author
Calvin Johnson A FUTURE WORTH BUILDING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Former Innocence Project client and exoneree;
Supervisor, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid
Transit Authority AN EFFORT WORTH SUPPORTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Dr. Eric S. Lander
Director, Broad Institute of MIT and
Harvard Professor of Biology, MIT DEPARTMENTS
Hon. Janet Reno
Former U.S. Attorney General LETTER FROM THE CO-DIRECTORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Matthew Rothman
Managing Director and Global Head of FINANCIAL INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Quantitative Equity Strategies,
Barclays Capital INNOCENCE PROJECT SUPPORTERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Stephen Schulte
Founding Partner and Of Counsel, LETTER FROM BOARD CHAIR AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Bonnie Steingart
Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver
& Jacobson LLP
Andrew H. Tananbaum
President and CEO, Capital Business
Credit LLC
Jack Taylor
Head of High Yield Debt,
Managing Director, Prudential Real Estate
Board Treasurer
Paul R.Verkuil
Of Counsel, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP ON THE COVER:
Rachel Warren THREE MEN WHO WERE EXONERATED IN 2009, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: DEWEY BOZELLA AND HIS WIFE, TREENA,
M.K. Enterprises, Inc STEVEN BARNES, AND FERNANDO BERMUDEZ WITH HIS DAUGHTER, CARISSA.
A VISION WORTH PURSUING
When Innocence Project client Jerry Miller wrote to us We are making our system of justice more fair, accurate
from prison asking for help, he said: “In the beginning and reliable. What began as a small legal clinic has
to me, this case was the toughest situation I have ever become an engine for reform, from the courthouse
experienced. And it remains so. I am worth your help.” to the State House to the local police precinct to
Four years later, we were there to finally exonerate him, Congress and the White House.
after 24 years. His words have stayed with us and
guided our efforts. Jerry Miller was right. He was worth our help, as are
thousands of other people who write to the Innocence
This Annual Report summarizes a historic year for the Project for help every year.
Innocence Project. It includes highlights of our work
to free innocent prisoners around the country and We are able to help them – and to prevent people
reform the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful from even needing our help by improving the system
convictions. We started the Innocence Project at upstream, before wrongful convictions happen –
Cardozo School of Law in 1992 with an ambitious because a strong and growing number of people across
agenda – a vision to use our individual casework to the country have decided that the Innocence Project’s
have an impact on a much broader scale. We are mission is worth helping. It is with this support that we
reaching new heights in making that vision a reality. will expand our reach even further in the year ahead,
beyond what any of us could envision 18 years ago.
In every state in the country, the Innocence Project is
representing clients, assisting other attorneys, filing – PETER NEUFELD, CO-DIRECTOR
friend-of-the-court briefs that can set important BARRY SCHECK, CO-DIRECTOR
precedents, providing post-release social work services
to the exonerated and improving the way our criminal
justice system operates.

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“I AM WORTH
YOUR HELP”
The Innocence Project knows intimately the struggles involves dogged efforts to track down legal documents,
of innocent prisoners. Their letters reveal fatigue and months of research and an in-depth knowledge of DNA
frustration but also an extraordinary determination technology.
and irrepressible sense of hope. “I am worth your
help…I am innocent of the charges against me… Still, the 250 prisoners who write to the Innocence
You may be my only chance at vindication.” Project each month are a mere percentage of those
who need our help. Surely, there are others who don’t,
About 250 new prisoners write to the organization or can’t, write – because of illiteracy, a language barrier,
each month for help, and each letter represents the or a lack of resources. Some have given up, resigned to
potential to free an innocent prisoner. In 2009, the serving out their sentences or dying in prison.
Innocence Project received a total 3,071 new requests
for assistance. Since the organization’s founding in Collectively, their letters represent the many innocent
1992, a constant stream of letters has come through people still behind bars, the families torn apart by
our door – over 30,000 prisoners have written wrongful conviction, the unsolved cases and the real
requesting help. And from the beginning, the perpetrators who have evaded justice. For everyone at
Innocence Project has committed itself to responding the Innocence Project, the multitude of letters serves as
to each and every request. After responding, the a visual reminder of the imperative of our mission – to
process of evaluation to determine if the applicant free every innocent prisoner. They are more than
can be accepted as a client begins. It’s a process that worth helping.

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OVER 3,000 PRISONERS WRITE TO THE INNOCENCE PROJECT EACH YEAR
FOR HELP, AND EACH LETTER REPRESENTS THE POTENTIAL TO FREE AN
INNOCENT PRISONER.
AN INNOCENT
WORTH

STEPHEN BROOKS HAS PROCLAIMED HIS INNOCENCE FOR OVER TWO


DECADES. IF THE INNOCENCE PROJECT CAN HELP AUTHORITIES LOCATE HIS
BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FOR DNA TESTING, HE MAY HAVE A CHANCE TO
PROVE IT.

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PERSON
FIGHTING FOR
The Innocence Project’s seven staff attorneys and 19 MAJOR LEGAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2009
Cardozo law clinic students represented or assisted
270 clients from 36 states in 2009. Each case presents AMONG THE WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS OVERTURNED:
its own unique challenges – critical trial documents
may be lost, biological evidence may be missing or STEVEN BARNES: Innocence Project client Steven Barnes
damaged, and requests for DNA testing may be denied. was exonerated in Upstate New York in January when
Individual cases take years or decades to resolve, but DNA testing disproved the flimsy forensic evidence that
the Innocence Project’s advocacy is unwavering. had been used to convict him of murder and rape. He
and his family have since joined efforts to reform the
In 2009, many long legal battles ended in victory and forensic sciences.
others achieved major breakthroughs. The Innocence
Project argued for a prisoner’s right to DNA testing TIMOTHY COLE: The Innocence Project served as co-
before the U.S. Supreme Court, helped vindicate a counsel, with the Innocence Project of Texas, on Texas’
wrongfully convicted man who served 22 years on first posthumous DNA exoneration. Cole’s family, along
death row, cleared several other wrongfully convicted with the rape victim, helped advocate for his
prisoners, and provided legal consultation on post- exoneration in April.
conviction DNA matters in cases nationwide.
PAUL HOUSE: Tennessee prosecutors dropped charges
against House, who served 22 years for capital murder,
after DNA testing excluded him. The Innocence

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AN INNOCENT PERSON WORTH FIGHTING FOR

Project worked closely with House’s attorneys on AMONG OUR ONGOING CASES: OTHER NOTEWORTHY CASES:
DNA-related issues and filed a friend-of-the-court brief
about the case at the U.S. Supreme Court. House was STEPHEN BROOKS: In response to an Innocence Project DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, 3RD JUDICIAL DIVISION V.
officially cleared in May. motion, a New Jersey judge ordered police to conduct WILLIAM OSBORNE:
a more thorough search for Brooks’ biological In March, the Innocence Project argued before the
ERNEST SONNIER: In August, the Innocence Project evidence, which officials claim has been destroyed. U.S. Supreme Court that William Osborne was entitled
secured Sonnier’s freedom after DNA testing proved The Innocence Project will request a similar search of to post-conviction DNA testing. The Court erroneously
his innocence of a 1985 rape. Misleading forensic the prosecutor’s office in 2010. denied testing to Osborne but found that people have
testimony and an eyewitness misidentification some constitutional rights to seek DNA testing that
contributed to his wrongful conviction. Sonnier awaits KENNETH REED: Despite the Innocence Project’s efforts, can prove innocence and that states must provide
the state documents that will mark his official Baton Rouge prosecutors have repeatedly denied access to DNA evidence. The ruling will have a limited
exoneration. Reed’s requests for post-conviction DNA testing. impact because few people seek DNA testing through
The Louisiana Supreme Court is currently considering federal courts.
RALPH ARMSTRONG: Murder and rape charges were the request.
dismissed against Armstrong in August, over four PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. FERNANDO BERMUDEZ:
years after the Innocence Project helped obtain DNA ANTHONY WRIGHT: Philadelphia prosecutors have The Innocence Project filed 14 friend-of-the-court
testing that excluded him. Prosecutors, who concealed refused to consent to DNA testing in Wright’s case briefs in state and federal courts in 2009. In its brief in
additional evidence of Armstrong’s innocence, finally for four years. The Innocence Project argued the case the Bermudez case, the Innocence Project argued that
dropped the case after the prosecutorial misconduct before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in April and overwhelming evidence of eyewitness misidentification
came to light. expects a decision in 2010. Several key pieces of pointed to Bermudez’s innocence. The court agreed
biological evidence could be tested at the Innocence and he was cleared after 17 years of wrongful
Project’s expense. imprisonment.

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THE COMING YEAR BRINGS NEW BEGINNINGS FOR EXONERATED INNOCENCE PROJECT CLIENTS LIKE FREDDIE
PEACOCK, CENTER, WHO RECENTLY BECAME THE 250TH PERSON EXONERATED THROUGH DNA TESTING IN
THE UNITED STATES. HE IS SHOWN HERE ON HIS EXONERATION DAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010, WITH HIS
INNOCENCE PROJECT ATTORNEYS, CO-DIRECTOR PETER NEUFELD AND STAFF ATTORNEY OLGA AKSELROD.
A CRIMINAL
SYSTEM

TEXAS EXONEREES AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS JOIN INNOCENCE PROJECT BOARD CHAIR
AND TEXAS STATE SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS IN CALLING FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AT
AN AUSTIN NEWS CONFERENCE IN MARCH 2009.
JUSTICE
WORTH FIXING
By studying DNA exoneration cases, the Innocence access to post-conviction DNA testing and ensuring that
Project identifies the common causes of wrongful their biological evidence will be properly preserved. In
conviction and develops reforms with police, 1992, these laws were mostly nonexistent. Today, all
prosecutors, defense attorneys, social scientists and but three states have DNA access laws and about half
lawmakers. Since the Innocence Project’s founding in have provisions for the preservation of evidence. The
1992, public attitudes toward criminal justice reform Innocence Project’s legislative work touches the lives
have changed dramatically, and, with the help of our of innocent prisoners and their families, while at the
coalition partners, public policy has changed as well. same time improving the criminal justice system for
future generations.
In 2009, the Innocence Project testified, consulted
with lawmakers or provided support materials for 62 AMONG THE INNOCENCE PROJECT’S MAJOR
innocence-related bills in over 35 states, and 16 of POLICY ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2009:
those bills became law. Reforms addressed the major
causes of wrongful conviction including eyewitness EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION: A growing number of
misidentification, unvalidated or improper forensic jurisdictions nationwide are voluntarily adopting reforms
science, and false confessions. These new laws will to police line-up procedures, including the Dallas Police
prevent an untold number of wrongful convictions Department. An Innocence Project report released in
and assist in the apprehension of real perpetrators July 2009 titled “Reevaluating Lineups,” identifies the
for years to come. problems with identification procedures and outlines
the scientific argument for reform. Eyewitness
Other reforms help end the nightmare of wrongful misidentification is the leading cause of wrongful
conviction for innocent prisoners by increasing their convictions later overturned through DNA testing.

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A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WORTH FIXING

FORENSIC OVERSIGHT: In response to a National Academy FALSE CONFESSIONS: Arkansas, Montana and Oregon
of Sciences (NAS) report that identified systemic passed mandatory recording of interrogations laws
problems in the field of forensic sciences, the in 2009. Electronically recording interrogations
Innocence Project established a multidimensional helps prevent wrongful convictions caused by false
campaign to push for implementation of the principal confessions and also protects law enforcement against
recommendation outlined in the report – the creation allegations of coercion. Sixteen states and the District
of an independent federal agency to support and of Columbia now require recording interrogations,
oversee forensic science practices throughout the and over 500 jurisdictions have voluntarily adopted
country. Leaders from all aspects of the criminal justice recording practices.
system have publicly supported the cause through
a coalition spearheaded by the Innocence Project. INNOCENCE COMMISSIONS: The Innocence Project
Also, members of Congress are considering the NAS’s advocates for the creation of “Innocence Commissions”
recommendations in the wake of Innocence Project in every state. Made up of stakeholders throughout
Co-Director Peter Neufeld’s testimony before two the criminal justice system, Innocence Commissions
congressional judiciary committees. investigate the causes of wrongful convictions and
propose state-appropriate remedies. Eight Innocence
DNA ACCESS/EVIDENCE PRESERVATION: Each year, the Commissions have been formed across the country,
Innocence Project works to increase prisoners’ access with two new commissions established this year: The
to post-conviction DNA testing. In 2009, South Dakota, Justice Task Force in New York and the Timothy Cole
Mississippi and Alabama became the 45th, 46th and Advisory Panel on Wrongful Conviction in Texas. Both
47th states, respectively, to adopt a DNA access statute. states lead the nation in the number of wrongful
DNA access laws often include a provision for the convictions later overturned through DNA testing.
preservation of biological evidence, which is of equally
critical importance to a prisoner’s ability to prove his
innocence. In 2009, six states passed evidence
preservation statues.

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LOUISIANA EXONEREE RICKIE JOHNSON SPEAKS TO STUDENTS AT LANGLEY HIGH SCHOOL IN FAIRFAX
COUNTY, VIRGINIA, ABOUT HOW DNA TESTING PROVED HIS INNOCENCE AFTER 25 YEARS OF WRONGFUL
IMPRISONMENT. THE STUDENTS WERE STUDYING THE RIGHT OF PRISONERS TO ACCESS POST-CONVICTION
DNA TESTING AS PART OF THEIR ANNUAL “CASE DAY.”

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A FUTURE

DEAN CAGE AND HIS FIANCÉE, JEWEL MITCHELL, REUNITE AFTER CAGE’S RELEASE FROM PRISON AND
EXONERATION. AFTER 14 YEARS, THEY ARE FINALLY ABLE TO BEGIN PLANNING THEIR WEDDING AND
FUTURE TOGETHER.
WORTH BUILDING
On average, a person exonerated through DNA testing and transitional reentry needs like food, clothing and
has spent 13 years in prison. After 13 years behind bars, transportation.
these exonerated men and women are released into
a new world. They face a new set of challenges, and The Innocence Project also works to create programs
nothing is commonplace – from getting a driver’s and laws nationwide that help the wrongfully convicted
license to finding a place to live to reuniting with get back on their feet. Many exonerees partner with us
family again. The Innocence Project’s advocacy for to testify in state legislatures nationwide to advocate for
our clients doesn’t end with exoneration. Social work compensation laws. This year, the Innocence Project
services begin months before release and continue for and its partners helped pass or improve compensation
years – or as long as the exoneree needs our support. laws in three states.

In 2009, the Innocence Project provided pre-release With a helping hand, the wrongfully convicted can
and post-release services to 36 social work clients in make the transition from life behind bars to life in the
16 states. Depending on the exoneree’s unique needs, free world. The Innocence Project is there to anticipate
these services may include help finding stable housing, their problems and offer the support they need – so
securing health care, or applying for government that exonerees can focus on celebrating their successes,
programs like food stamps or supplemental security spending time with family and friends, and building a
income. The Innocence Project’s Exoneree Fund brighter future.
provides financial assistance for exonerees’ immediate

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AN EFFORT WORTH
SUPPORTING
The Innocence Project provides pro bono post- Innocence Project supporters, who come from all over
conviction legal assistance to the most marginalized of the country and from all walks of life, share our passion
clients – wrongfully imprisoned men and women who for justice. Hand-in-hand, we free the innocent, reform
are often impoverished (or struggling after years of the criminal justice system and protect the rights of the
legal fees), and running out of resources. The exonerated. It is an ambitious task, and the work is far
Innocence Project means hope for these innocent from over.
prisoners.
But in the midst of the struggle, a sense of community
About half of the Innocence Project’s contributions develops among supporters, exonerees, attorneys and
come from individuals and foundations. Another others involved in this work. Each year, our goals
significant source of support comes in the form of become more attainable, urgently needed reforms
donated services; partnering attorneys from some of become law, innocent prisoners are freed, and our
the nation’s leading law firms provide additional pro community grows.
bono assistance for Innocence Project clients.

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SCOTT FAPPIANO, EXONERATED THROUGH DNA TESTING IN 2006, SHARES HIS STORY WITH
INNOCENCE PROJECT SUPPORTERS AT A HOUSE PARTY HOSTED BY THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS’
COMMITTEE IN JANUARY.
FINANCIAL
INFORMATION
OTHER 3%
FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2008 – JUNE 30, 2009
EVENTS 8%
INCOME
Foundations $2,127,585
Individuals 2,313,645 FOUNDATIONS 18%

Corporations 101,828
DONATED SERVICES 52%
Donated Services 6,270,354
Events 935,596
Investment Income 34,086
Board Designated Reserve Fund 299,044 INDIVIDUALS 19%

$12,082,138
EXPENSES FUNDRAISING 6%
Program Services $10,226,060
Management & General 1,087,848
Fundraising 768,230 MANAGEMENT & GENERAL 9%

$12,082,138

Net Revenue $0
Fund Balance July 1, 2008 $1,128,254
Fund Balance June 30, 2009 $1,128,254
PROGRAM SERVICES 85%

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INNOCENCE PROJECT
SUPPORTERS
THE INNOCENCE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2008 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2009
$100,000+
PROJECT THANKS Ammon Foundation
Listwin Family Foundation
MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
Charles Lawrence Keith and Clara
Miller Foundation
H. van Ameringen Foundation
Josh Wachs and Molly Levinson
Laura and John Arnold Foundation Mayer Brown LLP John Langan and Judith Nadell Winston & Strawn LLP
OUR GENEROUS Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law,
Yeshiva University
Moët Hennessy
The John and Wendy Neu
The Ruth and David Levine
Charitable Gift Fund
Marc and Pamela Zboch

SUPPORTERS AND Grousbeck Family Foundation


JEHT Foundation
Foundation
The Overbrook Foundation
Ian Maxtone-Graham
Helen & William Mazer Foundation
$5,000 TO $9,999
Adele Bernhard and Peter J. Neufeld
Peter B. Lewis Ronald Parlato James R. McGraw, Katy Karlovitz and The Arnold & Jeanne Bernstein
REGRETS THAT WE Open Society Institute The Raiff Foundation Dana Von Hee Fund
Frank P. and Denise Quattrone Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Mellen Foundation, Inc. Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
DO NOT HAVE SPACE The Starr Foundation
$10,000 TO $24,999
Milberg LLP
The Leo Model Foundation
Robert T. and Paula S. Butler
Richard and Lisa Cashin
$50,000 TO $99,999 Doug Morris
TO LIST THEM ALL. Anonymous (2)
Pasco and Christine Alfaro
Dr. Noelie Alito Matt Mullenweg
Adam Chase
Cherry Lane Music Publishing
Jason and Wendy Flom Anonymous (3) Neufeld, Scheck and Brustin LLP Company
Arlene and Arnold Goldstein Family Frances & Benjamin Benenson News Corporation Foundation City College 21st Century
Foundation Foundation William O. Perkins, III and Foundation, Inc.
Renee and John Grisham Bulova Gale Foundation Stephanie Perkins Maddy deLone and Bobby Cohen
The Honorable and Frederick V. Davis Trust Rebel Waltz, Inc. Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Mrs. Earle I. Mack Dubin Research and Consulting Matthew Rothman and Nancy Katz Donald Drapkin
The Mousetrap Foundation Mitzi & Warren Eisenberg Family The Shelley & Donald Rubin The Elias Foundation
Jeff Roberts and Alicia Fukunaga Foundation Foundation Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady
The Estate of Jane Villon Jay W. Eisenhofer Family Foundation Sheila Saltiel LLP
Alan G. and Elaine Weiler Susan and Leonard Feinstein William and Jane Schloss Family Abraham Fuchsberg Family
Working Title Films Foundation Foundation Foundation, Inc.
Dora L. Foster Trust Margaret Cook Schulte and Stephen The Gage Fund
$25,000 TO $49,999 Funding Exchange Schulte Thomas Gallagher and Alice Jarcho
A&E Television Networks Ina and Jeffrey Garten Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg
Anonymous (2) The Glassy Family Fund Daniel Shuchman and Lori Ellen in honor of Barry Scheck
David & Minnie Berk Foundation Bobbie E. Gottlieb and Alan Marcus Lesser, Esq. Hachette Book Group in memory of
Louise & Arde Bulova Fund Jeffrey and Paula Gural Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Dennis M. Dalrymple
W.P. Carey Foundation Inc. C. Lee Hazer Flom LLP Samuel J. Holtzman Family
Thomas Cooper Hyde & Swigart/Law Offices of Sony Pictures Entertainment Foundation
Gordon and Karen DuGan Douglas Campion Swartz Family Foundation in honor William L. Jacobs
Estate of James E. Fleming The Kanbar Charitable Trust of Mark Swartz Bob Kagan and Paula Sunshine
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & The Wilma and Howard Kaye Andrew H. and Dorothy Tananbaum Arthur and Ruth Kohn
Jacobson LLP Charitable Fund Jack and Kristalina Taylor Kramer Levin Naftalis &
Sherry and Leo Frumkin Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Inc. Frankel LLP

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The Innocence Project Hosts Kroll Community Church of New York $1,000 TO $2,499 Mark J. Decesaris in honor of
Ira N. Langsan & Lillian Langsan Unitarian Universalist A Soldier of God, Jimmy Gordon F. DuGan, Esq.
Briefings for Supporters Philanthropic Fund Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP Marcus Aldredge Matthew and Elizabeth Deeb
Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP Denison Family Foundation Joe Allen Ben Denckla and Sarah Reber
Sandra Lee The Honorable Rodney Ellis and Joseph S. Allerhand Dr. John DiLiberti
In 2009, the Innocence Project began hosting regular Gary Lippman Licia Green-Ellis Alston & Bird, LLP Sherri DiMarco
donor briefings to update supporters on the latest news and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Robert A. Friedman and Anita Jeffrey Altshuler Stephen J. Doig and Marion E. Cass
MAH Foundation, Inc. Davidson Devon D. Archer and Dr. Krista in honor of Professor Jameson
developments in our work. Two briefings, in September and Mistral Equity Partners Gilbert B. Friesen Ammirati Archer Doig
December, were held at the Innocence Project’s New York Michael W. Mitchell, Esq. in honor Loraine F. Gardner and Daniel Attias Fund of the Liberty Hill Alain Dougnaglo
of Jason Flom Dolgin Foundation DRA Advisors LLC
office and focused on recent casework and legislative reforms. Paul and Sandra Montrone Timothy R. and Kimberly C. Tracy L. Austin Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Eagan
In addition, a gathering was recently hosted by The Overbrook Moors C. Myers Gartland Christopher and Paris Barclay Kathryn E. Epstein
Navigant Consulting Inc. Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Douglas Barzelay Lonnie Erby
Foundation for leaders of the philanthropic community. Speakers Colette Newman Foundation Baskes Family Foundation Phil Ernst
Reed Smith LLP Steve and Stephanie Gottlieb Daniel Baumol The Eshe Fund
at the briefings have included Executive Director Maddy deLone Peter B. Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Guthart Rick Beale Dennis Esposito
and exonerees Steven Barnes, Barry Gibbs and Alan Newton. Dorothy Rick and Barry C. Scheck Dr. Paul Hartunian John Benis Raudline Etienne
Philip W. Riskin Charitable Hirtenstein Family Foundation Amy Bensinger Herald Price Fahringer
Supporters, and those wishing to find out more about Foundation Richard and Alice P. Howard Dr. Carol Bernstein and Dr. Arthur Famous Famiglia
the Innocence Project, are welcome to attend. Please email Dr. Steve Safyer and Dr. Paula Hycliff Foundation Meyerson James Farley
Marcus Peter D. Isakoff Lowell and April Blankfort Michael Feldberg and Ruth Lazarus
info@innocenceproject.org to find out the date of the next event. Eric F. Saltzman and Victoria Joseph and Michelle Jacobs David Boettger Findlay Family Foundation
Munroe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation David M. Bogard in honor of Ethan Bruce Fogel
Marjorie F. Schulte Fannie B.H. Jones Charitable Lead Bogard Wayne Forte
Eric Schwartz Unitrust Ronald and Phyllis Bourgois Julia Foster and David Bates
Gerry Shargel Lambert King, MD in honor of Dr. BP Fabric of America Inc. Foundation For Criminal Justice
Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel in Bobby Cohen Vernon Broderick Elizabeth Frame and Christopher
honor of Jason Flom Mark and Anla Kingdon Michael Bromwich Ellison
Sirus Fund The Lander Family John Broude and Judy Rosenblum Kim France
Alexandra Stanton and Sam William Lehrer Charitable Fund Marcia E. Brown Michael Frank, MD and Patricia A.
Natapoff Rob Levine Mary J. Bundy Snyder
Michael A. and Louise Stocker Rand and Petrina Levy Helen Keeler Burke Charitable Seth Freeman
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Douglas Eric Liman Foundation Thomas C. Frongillo
Douglas Tiffany Gary E. and Janice Long Dr. and Mrs. Steven and Barbara A. Fross, Zelnick, Lehrman & Zissu, PC
Universal Music Group David and Frances Magee Burrall Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman &
Vital Spark Foundation Ann Mandelbaum Bruce and Bettina S. Buschel Mackauf
Rachel Lee Warren John A. Marshall, CPA in honor of Bill and Shirley Campbell Dallas L. Garbee
Stacey Gillis Weber and Jeffrey A. the exonerated Americo Cascella Glenn A. Garber, Esq.
Weber Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Leopold J. Charney and Carina Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP M. D. Miller Yervasi Matching Gifts
WilmerHale Stephen T. Milligan David and Julie Chernow Neil H. and Elise Getz
Selig Zises Jennifer and David Millstone Chiuchiarelli Family Foundation John Gibson
New York Society for Ethical Culture Clayman & Rosenberg Gideon Gil
$2,500 TO $4,999 Kevin L. Palmer Sean Coffey, Esq. Mark Gimbel
The Kenneth Aidekman Family Steven Alan Reiss Dr. Mardge H. Cohen and Dr. The Glickenhaus Foundation
Foundation Robert R. Robinson Gordon Schiff Jonathan Goldberg
Bruce Azus Scudder Family Foundation Manny & Ruthy Cohen Foundation Peter Goldman, Esq.
Stephen and Thea M. Bell Showtime Networks Inc. Michael J. Cohn Goldring, Hertz & Lichtenstein, LLP
William J. and Rita L. Bender Carol H. Tolan Comix New York in memory of Google Matching Gifts
Mr. and Mrs. Bodwell Kay and Rod W. Tyler Mitch Hedberg The Gottesman Fund in honor of
Willard B. Brown Viacom Inc. Mark and Lucy Cornell Jason Flom
The Brownington Foundation Irwin H. Warren, Esq. Everett R. Cowen Charitable Trust Tom and Jill Gottlieb
Elisa E. Burns, MD Francis H. Williams Diane Crookham-Johnson Melanie Gray
Sheana W. Butler, BCW Trust III James K. and Shirley D. Williams Greg A. Danilow Miriam B. Greenberger
Sanford M. Cohen, Esq. Williams & Connolly LLP Lucy and Mike Danziger Shari Greenleaf and Ted Seides

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Allen and Deborah Grubman Mandel Foundation Stephen A. Radin Paul R. Verkuil, Esq. and Dr. Judith
Hank and Karoly Gutman Gene Manheim Obrem Capital Rodin
JASON FLOM
Kim Haglund Jill G. Matthews R. Bruce Rich Douglas Vetter
The Hall Foundation Robert Matthews Joshua Ring Alan Vinegrad
Hammond Family Foundation James Mayo Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Robbins Rahul and Kim Vinnakota
Elizabeth Hargrave and Matthew The McClain Family Fund Steve Robinson and Constance Paul and Andreea Volosen
Cohen Richmond McCoy Kaiserman Robinson The Lynn Warshow Charitable Fund
Gerard E. Harper Cormac McEnery, Esq. and Mary Pat Dr. John Rockwell James Weil
Ben P. and Laura Harris Thornton Eric and Fran W. Rosenfeld Adam Weissman
The William H. & Mattie W. Harris Milberg LLP Laurence Ross and Amelia Caiola- Whiteley and Nick Wheeler
Foundation Ralph I. Miller Ross Susan Whitehead
James K. Harvey Mary W.T. and David Moore Warren Rubin and Bernice Wollman William Morris Agency
Bertie Margaret Heiner Cynthia Morales Morris and Dorothy Rubinoff James K. Williams, Jr.
John and Margaret Herke James Morrow Foundation in memory of Dr. Curt M. Wilson
Sam* and Ronnie Heyman Joseph P. Nacchio and Anne M. Morris, Dorothy and Elayne Garen John Wintemute
Jeremy Hockenstein and Joanna Esker Rubinoff Colleen Winter-Brathwaite
Samuels Frederic and Francis Nathan David Steven Rudolf William Wolcott
Ruth M. Holland Jim Neuberger and Helen Stambler John K. Rudolph and Kathy Gunst Benjamin Wolinsky
Mark Iger Neuberger Tammy Jo and Steven Sanders Chic Wolk and Kristin Zethren
Christopher Johnson Muriel Neufeld Barbara A. Saurer and Charles B. Tom and Clelia Zacharias
Anna Josenhans and Greg Hayden Paul Norder White Constance Zalk
Jess Joseph Bernard Nussbaum Philip Schatten in honor of Howard Zegar Family Foundation
Kaiserman Foundation Augustus K. and Lisbeth R. Oliver Kaye
Dr. and Mrs. Gary and Amy Kalkut Lily Oliver Howard Schoninger $500 TO $999 Father and Son Provide Major
Morris and Janet Kaplan Kenneth M. and Pamela G. Olson The Schreiber Family Foundation, William Ahdritz
Patt Karr Joanne E. Osendarp Ellen W. McBride Paul and Katherine Albitz
Support for the Innocence Project
Ira Stephen Kay John Otto Reade Seligmann Esmond and Marsha Alleyne
Dennis Keith Shippen Page and Anne St. Goar Bob Shainheit and Laura Blanco Justine Alston-Payne Recording industry pioneer and Innocence Project Founding Board
Michael and Eleanora Kennedy Paler Foundation, Inc. Holly A. and Ralph Shapira Archie Comic Publications
Kennedy Johnson Gallagher LLC Dr. Brian Park Hannah Sholl Frank M. Armada
Member Jason Flom shares a passion for the Innocence Project
Patricia Klees John and Jessica Park Bruce and Jackie Shreves Ivan Axelrod with his father. Joseph Flom provides instrumental pro bono legal
The Klion Springwater Cover Family Rita Hayworth Patrick Lonnie C. Simmons Shelley E. Azumbrado
Foundation, Inc. Dean Kenneth Patton Erin and Patrick Sloane Thomas P. Bakersmith support for the organization through the law firm of Skadden,
Jan Korbelin Daniel A. Pawson Edwin Smith Jorge Baldor Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, while the whole family provides
Tom and Barbara Kornreich Donald Pedigo Robert C. and Jill W. Smith Teri L. Barr
Victor A. and Sarah Kovner Josianne and Bill Pennington Jeff Shepard Sohm and Marcy Sohm Joshua Barrett financial support through the Joseph and Claire Flom Foundation.
Chris Kramer, DO Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Perella in Peter J. Solomon Family Foundation Barrow Street IT Designs & Independently, Jason Flom provides major philanthropic support
Nancy Kronheim honor of Jason Flom Sony/ATV Publishing LLC Application
Elizabeth and Sol Kumin David Perlman William G. and Maria Spears Andrew and Elyse Barroway for the Innocence Project, and has helped establish critical post-
Emily Kunreuther Andrei Perumal and Barbara Jean Renato Stabile Kathleen Barthmaier
Ward La Fleur Perumal Josh Steiner David Barton
exoneration services for the recently released. Together, the
Allison and Howard Landon Tru Pettigrew Judy and Michael Steinhardt C.B. and Marcia Bassity Floms have distinguished themselves as extraordinary supporters
Dennis Lavinthal and Leonard Beer Phi Sigma Lambda Steve Stuart Virginia Bayer and Robert Hirt in
San K.J. Lee and Jules Brassner Ron Pile Sullivan & Cromwell LLP honor of Zoe Tananbaum of the Innocence Project and leaders in the national effort to
Gerald B. Lefcourt, Esq. Joseph D. Pizzurro Paul Sunshine Bayless Law Firm, PLLC overturn and prevent wrongful convictions. “From the time that
Burton Lehman PLM Foundation Alan and Donna Swanson Charles D. and Jennifer P. Beeler
Lend A Hand Foundation Jonathan D. and Ellen G. Polkes Travis Sweat Julian B. Bellenghi we were kids, my father instilled in us a sense of doing what’s
Ruth Levitan Nicholas Polsky and Eve Yohalem Sy Syms Foundation Elisabeth Benjamin and Daniel
Nina Levitin in honor of her Dale L. Ponikvar Michael A. and Carla Terner Coughlin
right and helping people. He’s been supportive of all the charity
Bat Mitzvah Rodger and Candy Popkin Thermodyne Engineering, Inc. Jim and Jessica Benjamin work that I do, but the Innocence Project is the cause that he
Tina and Norman Levy in honor of Leanne Press and Edward Tom Topor Allan H. and Nancy S. Bernard
Marty Tankleff Hawthorne Vincent A. Trantolo Charles A. Bernheim and Rachel really took to heart,” Jason Flom says. The 2009 benefit
Kevin and Erika Long Karen Pritzker and Michael Vlock in Tropical Transfer, Inc. Oestreicher Bernheim honored Jason Flom for his leadership in building the Innocence
Lowenstein Sandler PC honor of Allison Schwartz Tru TV Susan Bernstein
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Malkin James W. Quinn Anthony Venuti Berthold, Tiano & O'Dell Project, and the 2010 benefit will honor Skadden, where Joseph
Richard Mallinson David Rabin Donald Verger Alexander Blenkinsopp Flom is a founding partner.
*Passed away in 2009.

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Small Individual Donations Make a Bordas & Bordas Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd S. Foight Andrew Hyman in honor The Honorable and Mrs. Gary F. and
Stephen and Kathleen Braga Jason Fox of Molly Chrein Monique R. Marton
Big Impact in 2009 The Barbara and Gary Brandt Family Eric Franz Aretha Jackson Stephen Maslonka
Foundation Don Friedman Jackson Kelly PLLC Chris Masters
Elaine Brennan Harold Friedman Jam Productions, Ltd. The Masters Law Firm LC
Individual contributions of $200 or less totaled over $200,000 James Brock and Liz Watson Peter Frishauf Evan A. Jenness in honor of Barry James E. and Barbara B. McCauley
in support for the Innocence Project this year. These 4,000 Nora M. Brusuelas Robert L. and LouAnn Frome Tarlow, Esq. Wynn McCloskey
Bucci Bailey & Javins Douglas Gaffin and Marielle Nathan Johnson Deborah McHenry
individual supporters made a big impact on Innocence Project Dr. Don D. Buchwald Hoefnagels Dr. Norma J. Johnson and Allen Ross Josephine Merck and James
programs and operations – paying for DNA testing, legal Gregory Burke Jonathan Galaviz Johnson Stevenson
Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson Melissa Galoriel Nancy Jordan Metro Sales Incorporated
services, legislative efforts and more. Some supporters doubled Dr. Anthony Burr Troy N. Giatras James Jubak Paul Metselaar
or tripled their contributions by spreading the word about the Robert F. Carangelo, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Giberga Floy Kaminski Bill and Melodee Metzger
Carey, Scott & Douglas, PLLC Roberta Gilbert and Joseph Barron John and Suzanne Kannarr Jay Militscher
organization to friends, neighbors, co-workers and family Louise Britt Carvey Max Gitter in honor of Joseph Flom Sheldon Katz Kala Mohandas in honor of the
Dr. Prasanna Chandrasekhar Ruth O. and Robert J. Glass The Robert and Florence Kaufman wedding of Veena Mohandoss and
members. John Levin of New York City advised guests at his Michael N. and Kristen S. Chess Anil B. and Prema A. Gogate Foundation Inc. in honor of Neil Reddy
50th birthday party to forego presents and donate to the Judith L. Chiara Mark Goldberg Derek Iger Howard P. and Lorraine Moody
David Chidekel Lawrence Golden Herbert J. Kayden, MD and Mark D. Moreland, L.C.
Innocence Project instead. “When I sent out the invitation I Charles E. and Dee A. Clayman Steve Golob Gabrielle H. Reem, MD Hadassah Brooks Morgan and
said, I don’t need anything, and I’d prefer that people just David Cohen The Honorable Emily Jane Drs. T. F. and I.W. Kelley Thomas Morgan
Gerry Cohen Goodman Michael T. Kelly Alan and Anne Morrison
give to the Innocence Project because they’re doing great Rebekah Coleman Robert C. Gottlieb, Attorney at Law Jim and Nina Kingsdale Judith Munzig
work. Some of our guests were already very familiar with the Jerome Congress Colleen J. Graham Larry Krantz Bryan and Catherine Murray
Earle Cooley Joan Granlund Mark and Peggy Kurland John A. Neuwirth
Innocence Project. Others said, wow, really interesting and Fletcher Copp Stephen and Ruth Grant Barry and Jill Lafer Steve New
Dr. Brian Currie Dr. Jacob Grayson and Pamela S. Joel Edward Lamb New York Society for Ethical Culture
then went and researched it.” Innocence Project supporters and Rosita Carey Juul Jasper Stephen Langdon in honor of the Innocence Project
can also donate on the website or through an online fundraising Arden J. Curry, III Dr. David Gordon Greenberg Leslie Lansman Newman & Schwartz
Diane Cvetovich The Grubb Law Group Andrew S. Lee Tho Thi Nguyen and Anh M. Tran
campaign. See www.innocenceproject.org/donate for more Mark D'Arcy Bruce A. Hake David Lender NJ IAI
information about giving online. Kathy Davis Caitlin J. Halligan Allan J. Lenzner Germaine and Greg O'Donnell in
Richard W. Davis Halo Foundation Inc. Gene LePere memory of Barefoot Sanders
Debby M. Degnan Hamilton, Burgess, Young & Pollard, Shannon Lepore and Thomas James Michele Opheim
Michael J Del Giudice PLLC Lepore Outten & Golden LLP
Dental Health Products Zev Handel and Ju Namkung Jeffrey Lewis and Barbara Joan Tiger Owenoke Foundation
Jeanne Dill James Harkins Bass Bryant Page
Rudolph L. Ditrapano William Leo Harper, Jr. Laura Visitacion-Lewis Dr. Cary Page
Michael and Francesca Donner Joanne Harras Michelle Light Margaret E. Parker
Cynthia Donoghue Harvit & Schwartz, LC Michiel Ligthart Albert M. Pearson, III
Ian Dumain and Bree Schonbrun Tracey Haynes-Parker Delbert Lipscomb Nicholas L. Pell
Sanford P. and Stacey Dumain Sasha and Chris Heinz Peter J. Lobert Roland Peralta
Lester Eber/Eber CT Slocum & Sons Dr. Wendy Greene Helms and Russ Taino A. Lopez Eleanor Jackson Piel
Dianne Eberlein Helms Phoebe Santillana Love Glenn M. Pomcrantz
Sheldon H. Elsen Wayne and Kathleen Hepburn Douglas K. and Jessie MacDonald Michael Poppo
James Epstein Paul and Melissa Hewett-Marx Billy Mann Powell and Majestro, PLLC
Exposure New York, Inc. Grant Hicks John Manulis and Liz Heller Manuel Quintana
FactSet Research Systems Inc. Hoffinger Stern & Ross LLP Alexander Margolies Natasha Radic in memory of
Fedway Associates, Inc. Frank Holozubiec Jesse and Toni Margolin Sally Radic
Harvey and Audrey Feuerstein in Adam and Susanna Holt Gayle Marie Doreen Rainey
honor of Ronnie & Sam Heyman, John Houston The Marlot Foundation Harland Ranney
and their daughter Jennifer HP Company Foundation Scott Marshall Sylvia M. Rhone
Millstone Thomas J. Hurney, Jr. Elizabeth Mart Paul Rich
David A. and Gabrielle M. Fitzgerald Robert Hurwitz in honor of Jason Michael Martin, Attorney At Law The Riverside Church
Martha J. Fleischman Flom John Martinez David W. and Nancy A. Roberts
Fly Communications, Inc. Jaimison Roberts

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Nancy Roberts Brian Vaughan and Ruth McKee W. A. Birdsall & Company James Collins
Michael Robinson Warner Law Offices Jonathan Birkhahn and Alexis Jennifer Colyer
BRIDGET SIEGEL AND ZOE TANANBAUM YPC CO-CHAIRS
Michael J. Romano Tannis Watkins Brosen Ellen Connorton
Romano Law Office Sam Weber Kathleen and John W. Black Convio
Jeffrey Rose Adrienne Weisbart Kimberly Blanchard Larry N. Cooley
David Rosenthal Dr. and Mrs. Jeffey and Ilene Weiss Meredith Blank William Coplin
Stephen Rosenthal Ellen W. Weldon Benjamin M. Block Corporate Fuel Partners LLC
Richard Rothman Defense Trial Counsel of West Park Avenue Medical Data Systems Steven G. Cortwright
Royce Carlton, Inc. Virginia LLC Rosanne Cosentino and Bronislaw
Benjamin Rubin Jennifer N. White Wallis Blumm Pytowski
Howard and Matilda Rubin Kate White Lynn M. Bodkin Jennifer and Chris Coyne
Doris Sablic Morris Whitis James Bogin Peter M. Currie
Peter Safirstein Elizabeth and David Winter Joyce Bolander Romin Currier
Josh Sapan and Ann Foley Donald and Connie Winters G. Gordon and Claudia C. Reginald Daniel
Carlo Sarmiento George Woods, MD Bonnyman Pamela Daniels
Stephen J. Schulhofer and Laurie Raymond H. Yackel Caitlin E. Borgmann Debora de Hoyos and Walter
Wohl William D. and Amy Yates Stephen R. and Jane Bourne Carlson
Anthony M. and Elizabeth Schulte William Zangwill, PhD Robert Bourque and Katherine Adam Dell
Susan Schulte and Kurt Schneider David Zeto Staton Sarah deLone
Victor Schuster and Sandra Masur Roger and Leesa Zissu Joseph Brady Tad DeOrio
Joshua M. Segal and Jennifer S. James and Mary Breitlow Zooey Deschanel
Geetter $200 TO $499 Bristol-Myers Squibb, Company Anne DeSimone
The Segal Law Firm AARP Matching Gifts Program Matching Program Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
Brenda Seidel William M. Abrams and Julie David M. Brodman Paul J. Devlin, Jr. Young Professionals’ Committee
Philip and Kathy Seligmann Salamon David M. Brodsky, Esq. Barry and Judith Dichter
Dr. Peter Selwyn Adult Learning Center Brogan Tennyson Group, Inc. Alison A. Dieter
Raises $75,000 for the Innocence
Jeff Settum Anurag Agarwal Kent A. Bronson Colleen Dixon Project in 2009
Constance Shapiro in memory of Eric and Marie-Jose Albert Charles Allen Broomfield Mark Anthony Donaghy
Robert Shapiro Stewart Alter Natalie Brouwer Richard Donovan
Chris F. and Madaline W. Shearer Elizabeth Alton The Browns Nancy Dorfman
Now in its third year, the Young Professionals’ Committee has
Emily Silverman Nick Ambrose Miriam Buhl William C. Downey quickly developed into a major source of support for the
Lewis E. Silverman David L. Anderson Dr. JoAnne Burger and Professor Elissa and Justin Doyle
Marc and Ellen Simon Rebecca Anikstein Michael Caplan Jordan A. Drachman and Efrat Innocence Project. The group of emerging leaders in law, finance
Eileen F. Skinner Daniel N. Arshack, Esq. Valentin Burlacu Zalishnick and the arts raises money and awareness about the Innocence
Richard W. Slack Hilarie Ashton Dale Burwen Allison Dressler
Linda Slamon Cindy Asner Lisa Opoku Busumbru Kelly Driscoll Project. Recent fundraising events have included a house party at
Gregory Slisz Virginia P. Atkins Janine Carendi Margaret Drury the home of Jennifer and David Millstone, featuring exoneree
Anthony McClain Smith Eloise and Justin Muzinich Jennifer Carlson Roger Duhl in memory of Martin
Andrew Solomon Aline Baeck George Castelle Bressler Scott Fappiano and Innocence Project Senior Staff Attorney Nina
William G. Soltis, Jr. Mark M. Baker, Esq. Eleanor Cecil Paul Dutka
John B. Strasburger Gary R. Baldwin Brandey Chandler Meeghan Prunty Edelstein
Morrison, and the annual fundraiser at Tenjune in New York City.
Eddie and Rebecca Sugar Adam Bamberger Tony Chaskelson Sarah Eilers and Jon Cohen Exoneree Marvin Anderson and Innocence Project Co-Director
Ariana Tadler Tori L. Barling Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Chinn in James and Kimberley S. Elliott
Gail Tanzer Meredith Barnett honor of Robert and Deborah Claire Ellis Barry Scheck spoke at the March event about the factors
Howell L.T.D. Taylor Diana Baron Chalfin Family Ashley Ellison contributing to Anderson’s wrongful conviction and how the
Steven G. and Carol M. Tepper Jesse Bartley Christ House-Spiritual Life Account Nick English
Dr. Bhupendra M. Tolia in honor of Dr. James Basney Corrie Christopher Tom Erber public can get involved to help prevent future injustice.
the wedding of Veena Mohandoss Robert M. Bastress and Barbara E. R. S. Clappison Dave Evans
and Neil Reddy Fleischauer J. Gregory Clare Michael Faccioli
Jéne O'Keefe Trigg, Pro-Media William R. Becker John and Susan Clarke Katayoun Falakshahi
Communications Julia F. Bell Christopher G. Clautice Jack and Reva Falk
Raymond S. Troubh in honor of Michael G. Bell William L. Clay, III Judith Fallon
Jason Flom Tarita Benzoni Lawrence Cleary Paul Falstad
Richard Valeriani Bruce Berg The Clorox Company Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ferguson
Ezekiel Vanderhoek and Stephanie Alex J. Berkett James M. Cole Mary Ferrer
Green Steven Bernhaut Carol Coles Henri Fink

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Collin Finnerty Allan P. Haber, Esq. Joseph M. Kaplan Julie Livingston
Ben and Jenny Fischbach Stuart Edmund Hagler Judy Kaplan Eric R. Lloyd
BONNIE RAITT
Harvey Fishbein Jessica Hahn Kaplan & Katzberg Nena Lockhart
Theresa Flynn Felicia Hamilton Peter Karczmar Abbe D. Lowell
Harold Ford, Jr. Jeff Hamond and Mauri A. Ziff, PhD Ben Karlin in memory of Dennis M. Lisa Lutz
Forex Liquidity Elizabeth Hand Dalrymple Ken Luymes
Robert Forster Sally-Ann Hard Joan Kaufman Lyons & Sanders
Joan and Rick Francolini Richard S. Hargesheimer Richard Keenan and Kathleen Robert C. MacCallum
Darryl Franklin Stephen M. and Debbie Harnik McNamara Heath Madom
John Frawley and Jane L. Hagy Kenyon Harp Josh Keller Sachin and Payal Maheshwari
Jay Frederick Brooke Harvey Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Kent Meaghan Mahoney
Helen E. Freedman Barbara Haskins Spero Kessaris Emily Mandelstam and Paul
Anne and Mike Freeman Kenneth R. Hayes Beverly J. Keys Engelmayer
Seth Freeman in memory of Richard Hays Robert and Jennifer Kinderman Cecil Hutcherson Manigault
Timothy Cole Seth M. Hendon Dennis W. Kinnan Judy Mann
Julie A. Frontera Dennis and Ann Henry Marcella J. Klein and Richard Marne Manoukian
Jon Frum Jeff A. Herbers Schaeffer Terry A. Maroney
Amanda Fuller Greg Hersch Daniel S. Kleinberger Pearl Alice Marsh
Maria Galison Marc Hertzberg Dr. Nora Kleps Milo Martin
Alexander Gann Mel and Marie Hertzig Alexander Klipper Jason Matson
Jacob Garcowski Kim and Larry Heyman Kiplund Kolkmeier Abby Maxman and Charles Danzoll
Thomas A. Garson and Nancy Ronnie Heyman Michael J. and Rachael Kollmer Paul Maxon
Bracken Garson in honor of Barbara M. Hicks Alphonse Kolodziejczak Jay P. Mayesh, Esq.
Musicians and Artists Support the Thomas and Michael Garson Gary Hinze Frank B. Konhaus and Ellen Cassilly Sarah McCabe
Eleanor Gease Jim Holland in honor of Eric D. Scott A. Korenbaum, Esq. Lewis McCarthy
Innocence Project Trent Gegax and Samara Minkin Holland Kraft Foods Matching Gifts Fund Dennis McCarville
Jay Gellman Daniel K. Hsiung Olivia Kraus Rebecca McClosky
Artists and musicians lent their talents to support the Innocence Lee Gelman Thomas Hughes Cary and Mary Anne Krenk Beverly McCoy
Debra Geroux James Humphreys Corinna Kuhl Stanton McCullough
Project last year. As part of the charity action on their “BonTaj Naomi E. Geschwind Frank Hunter Edna Kuhn, Esq. Mark McDermott
Roulet Tour,” blues musicians Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal donated Barry Gittelson Susan C. Hyde Alex Kulcsar Barbara McGinity
Susan Glassman I Do Foundation Alexandra L. Kumin Yvonne McKay
a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to the Innocence Jay Gleacher IBM Employee Services Center Jayne Kurzman Don McKennan
Project. In addition, the alternative “super-group” Monsters of Susan Glines Juliann Rene Illescas Jared Kushner Dennis E. McSwain
Richard Godosky, Esq. Nancy Impastato Maurice Labonne Law Office of Gordon Mehler
Folk raised money for the Innocence Project through ticket sales Julie Godsoe Marsha Indych Dallas L. and Jo Lacy Cori and Brad Meltzer in memory of
Debra Goertz Michael Inglis Alyse Laemmle Dennis M. Dalrymple
for a recent performance at the United Palace in New York City. Joe Goldenson and Ronnie Jacobs Into the Blue LLC Eileen Laird Richard C. Meneely
Both performances were an opportunity to engage thousands of David Goldman Thomas Isaacson Investment Club at LAMP High John Merrill
Alexander F. Goldovich and Frances Laura L. Israel and Barry W. Tosca School Gregory Meyer
concert-goers about the work of the Innocence Project. A. Carfaro Rika Ito and Mike Flicker John J. Langsdorf Howard and Abby Milstein
Doug and Deborah Goodman Gary Jacobs Edward Lapuma Robert Mittman
Musicians and other creative artists (writers, directors, actors and L. C. Gordon Janklow & Nesbit Associates David Larkin Bill and Marian Mogulescu
Janak Gordhan Goyani J. J. Jaxon Jeffrey Larris Jennifer Mondie
visual artists) have also contributed to the cause by joining the Kenneth and Connie Graham John A. and Barbara E. Johnson Tamara Larsen Heather Moorhead
Innocence Project Artists’ Committee, which was formed in 2009. Paul and Louise Greenberg Evan R. Jones Michelle Lavoie Yolanda Moorjaney
Iva Greenwald and Gary Struhl Larry M. and Donnah M. Jones Brian H. Leahy Dr. Thomas Moorman
Kristin Gregory Sheldon E. Jones Elizabeth Lemersal John W. Morris, Esq.
Continued on the next page Celeste Griffin-Churchill Patricia Jorgenson Jonathan P. Levin Michael P. Mossberg, PC
David and Kremena Gross William D. and Judith K. Joyce Richard L. Levine Kenneth Motz
Tuula Gross James Justiss Marc Andrew Lewinstein Nancy and Ricky Mulvey in honor of
Suzanne Grossman Richard Kahn Lexis Nexis Cares Rabbis Schulman, Kamrass &
Jane Griffin Gruber Nicholas Kahn-Fogel Jean Libera Baden
Andrew Gustin Erica Kalick and Bob Secrist Robert Light Frederick J. Murhammer and Judy
Daphna Gutman Harold Kalishman Litman & Jacobs M. Chesnutt
Daniel A. and Susan Gutterman Eugene Neal Kaplan Les Little John Murphy

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Kim M. Murphy Ellen and Mitchell B. Rick Jessica B. Smith Stacey Gillis Weber and Jeffrey A.
Philip Musico Andy Riebs and Maureen Hogan Joshua and Catherine Smith Weber in honor of Jon Thier's
Joshua A. Naftalis John Roberts Kevin Smith 50th Birthday
Julianne Nason Samantha Hunt Robinson Nancy K. Smith Dotan Weinman and Beth Packman
Andy J. Nathan Michael C. Rodgers Randolph Smith Weinman
National Grid USA Service Janet Rolle Steven M. Smith and Sandra L. Edward H. Weis
Company, Inc. Oren and Barbara Root DeSmith Weissman Family Foundation
Frances C. Nauss Nicki Rose Mikie L. Snell Thomas Wersto
Denis Nelthorpe Andrew A. Rosen Bruce A. Snyder Donald Wertheimer
Network for Good Robert Rosen Chehie Songstad in honor of Jake Sarah Wertheimer
Daniel Neuwirth Jeff Ross Elwood Catherine White
Claire E. Nilson William Ross Chris Spear Eric Whitlow HELEN MIRREN PARIS BARCLAY
Beverly Norman-Cooper Delilah R. Rothenberg Andrew D. Sprung and Cynthia Arthur J. and Anne F. Wichman
Anthony J. and Nancy Ody Phil Rubin in honor of Lauren Galeota Judith Wiesberg
James M. Ohmart in memory of Rubin Michelle St. John Allen and Beth Williams
Nancy Trease Stuart D. Rubin, Esq. Susan Stafford Garry Williams
Freida Joy Orange Dan Ruch Donna Stark Curtis Wilson, Jr.
Kim Oriole in memory of Ron Gino M. and Catherine M. Sabatini The Stecher Family Foundation Kenneth I. Wirfel, Esq.
Williamson Ehud and Sara Sadan Ken Stephens and Cheryl Hecht Jeremy Wise
Jeffrey D. Osterman Michelle Salem Brooke Stevens David Wittig
Mark W. Parrish James Schainuck Robert and Helene Stone Henry J. Wolfinger
Issac S. Payne, IV Donald and Linda Schapiro Sherrie Stone Patty Woo and Steve Poretzky
David Peckham Adam R. Schaye and Carolyn Craig Stuart Jeffrey S. and Gro V. Wood
Abigail Penzell Greenwald in honor of Sarah Colt Rose and Christopher Stuart Robert A. Wrazen STEPHEN COLBERT ZOOEY DESCHANEL
Leonard and Ruth Perfido Noah Dephoure Sara Stults Albert C. Wright
Bill Persky and Joanna Patton Miranda Saskia Schiller Susan Davis Stumpp Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wyman
Clarissa Peterson Kate Schmeidler Mandy Tagger-Brockey Ken Yagoda
Committee members support the Innocence Project in a variety
Jim and Nancy Petro Don Schricker Talent Unlimited High School in Frank Yancey of ways, from hosting fundraisers to speaking publicly about the
John Petro Kai Schub honor of all exonerees and the Mildred J. Yearby
Susan Picard Ann Schwartz in memory of Dennis innocent still on death row Christopher Young cause. Following are the members of the committee:
Jill Pitts M. Dalrymple Zoe Tananbaum Katrina Young
Dr. David Pizzimenti Jennifer Selby Mr. and Mrs. John Tashman Gabriel Zimmerman Joan Baez, Bob Balaban, Paris Barclay, Blue Man Group, Amy
Play For Your Cause Selman Breitman LLP Elinor Tatum Deborah Zuckerman
William G. Polk Dennis Semenza Michael Thompson Julia Zuckerman Brenneman, James Bundy, Stephen Colbert, Judy Collins, Zooey
Kimberly Pollak Ken and Deanna S. Senior Peter Tilkin Daan Zwick Deschanel, Dave Eggers, Eve Ensler, Nora Ephron, Jules Feiffer
Jon Popke Sercarz & Riopelle LLP Richard and Jaqueline Trezza
Matthew and Lindsay Post Alexis Sermier Brad Tucker and Jenny Allen, James Gandolfini, John Grisham, Charles
Thomas C. and Margaret D. Post Edward Sermier in honor of Alexis UBS
Charles Price Sermier Jill van Berg
Grodin, Taylor Hackford, Dexter Holland, Gale Anne Hurd, Nia
Elissa Procanick Michael R. Shannon John Van Epps and Elizabeth Long, Frances McDormand and Joel Coen, Paul D. Miller aka
Daniel Feigal Prosser Frank X. Shaw Evermann
Kenneth and Jo Carroll Pulkkinen James Shea Constance V. Vecchione DJ Spooky, Helen Mirren, Matthew Modine, Yoko Ono, Sarah
Lauren Rabin Bridget Siegel Jonathan Wagner and Jocelyn Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Aidan Quinn, Trent
Richard and Michelle Ragan Delores J. Simmons Pattner
Jerome Raik Dan Simon Bill Wallace Reznor, Susan Sarandon, Taryn Simon, John Singleton, Morgan
Josh Ralph M.G. Simonds Matt Wallace
Jim Rapson Talbott Simonds May Wang
Spurlock, and Debra Winger and Arliss Howard.
Family Trust Rarden Heidi Sinclair Joan M. Warburg
Steven D. Rauch in honor of Linda Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Matthew Ward
Fang and Daniel Dickman Flom LLP in honor of Aaron Fisch Susan Bohon Warnes and Tom
Miguel Eduardo Rea Falcon Whitney Skibell Warnes
James and Lauren Record Barbara J. Skochil Daniel M. Wasser
Patrick and Angie Reilly Carole Skolnick Phyllis Watson
Byron Reimus Bryon Slatten Kevin Weber
Marva Richard Harvey and Kathy Sloane
James and Kathie Richmond Jane Simkin Smith

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AN INFRASTRUCTURE WORTH BUILDING
Turning the vision of freeing the innocent and policy reform efforts. The Innocence Project invests
substantially improving the criminal justice system into substantial time and resources in strengthening the
a reality is no small task. It doesn’t happen easily or network to engage more talented and committed
quickly, and it can’t happen without the infrastructure attorneys, advocates and students in wrongful
to reach many kinds of people in all 50 states. conviction cases and criminal justice reforms.

In 2004, after 12 years as a clinic at Cardozo School of In 2009, we also made tremendous progress tapping
Law, the Innocence Project became an independent into existing structures to train and support people
nonprofit organization (still affiliated with Cardozo) in who work in the criminal justice field. We helped
order to expand our capacity for litigation and policy organize networks of attorneys who deal with
reform. Since then, our staff has grown from seven to eyewitness identification issues and professionals in
50, and we have quickly built an institution that is the forensic field, which gives us the ability to share
capable of vetting thousands of cases a year and information and improve practices “on the ground.”
shaping laws and policies in every part of the country. At the same time, we’re working with associations of
defense attorneys, prosecutors, police and judges to
We have also worked with partners across the country – help them understand how wrongful convictions
and around the world – to strengthen the Innocence happen – and how they can help prevent them.
Network, which is a critical part of the infrastructure
for expanding this work. An affiliation of organizations Our efforts to build strong infrastructures will help
dedicated to overturning wrongful convictions and wrongfully convicted people prove their innocence –
improving the justice system, the Innocence Network and help improve our criminal justice system – for
now has 55 member organizations (46 of them in the years and decades to come. It is a long-term investment
United States). that wouldn’t be possible without your support.

While organizations in the Innocence Network operate – SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS, BOARD CHAIR
independently, we coordinate closely on litigation and MADDY DELONE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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OUR STAFF
Olga Akselrod: Staff Attorney, Angela Amel: Director of Social Communications Manager, Jason Kreag: Staff Attorney,
Work and Associate Director of Operations/Litigation Department, Christopher Lau: Paralegal, Audrey Levitin: Director of
Corinne Audet: Finance and Human Resources Associate, Elena Development, David Loftis: Managing Attorney, Laura Ma:
Aviles: Documents Manager, Rebecca Brown: Policy Advocate, Assistant Director, Donor Services, Alba Morales: Staff Attorney,
Loretta Carty: Legal Assistant, Sarah Chu: Forensic Policy Nina Morrison: Senior Staff Attorney, Peter Neufeld: Co-Director,
Associate, Kayan Clarke: Paralegal, Scott Clugstone: Director of Charlene Piper: Special Assistant to the Executive Director,
Finance and Administration, Craig Cooley: Staff Attorney, Vanessa Potkin: Senior Staff Attorney, Kristin Pulkkinen:
Valencia Craig: Case Management Database Administrator, Jamie Assistant Director, Individual Giving, Anthony Richardson:
Cunningham: Policy Associate, Huy Dao: Case Director, Maddy Policy Assistant and Database Administrator, Richard Salatiello:
deLone: Executive Director, Anamarie Diaz: Case Assistant, Director of Institutional Giving, Stephen Saloom: Policy Director,
Ezekiel R. Edwards: Staff Attorney/Mayer Brown Eyewitness Alana Salzberg: Communications Associate, Barry Scheck: Co-
Fellow, Eric Ferrero: Director of Communications, Nicholas Director, Chester Soria: Communications Assistant, Maggie
Goodness: Case Coordinator, Edwin Grimsley: Case Coordinator, Taylor: Senior Case Coordinator, Elizabeth Vaca: Assistant to the
Nicole Harris: Policy Analyst, Barbara Hertel: Finance Associate, Directors, Marc Vega: Case Assistant, Elizabeth Webster:
William Ingram: Case Assistant, Jane Jankie: Paralegal, Jeffrey Publications Manager, Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg: Case
Johnson: Office Manager, Matthew Kelley: Online Coordinator, Emily West: Research Director, Karen Wolff: Social
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THE INNOCENCE PROJECT ANNUAL REPORT 2009 27


The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo
School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. To date,
over 250 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 who served time on death
row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release. The Innocence Project’s
full-time staff attorneys and Cardozo clinic students provided direct representation or critical assistance in most of
these cases. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided
irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects.
Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the
Innocence Project’s mission is nothing less than to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain
incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.

INNOCENCE PROJECT, INC.


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