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Death-row exonoree to speak Sept. 17

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A death-row exonoree from Illinois will be the first to tell his story in a series of presentations designed to educate residents about wrongful convictions. Randy Steidl will give a free presentation at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis on Sept. 17.

Steidl is just one of many exonorees who travel the country speaking about the death penalty and their experience with a system that failed them. Steidl's talk begins at 6 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom, 530 W. New York St.

The presentations are a part of the "InCASE of Innocence" campaign that kicks off Sept 16 with a reception. The Indiana Coalition Acting to Suspend Executions and the national nonprofit Witness to Innocence have teamed up to launch the year-long campaign to raise awareness about the risks of imprisoning or executing an innocent person.

Steidl was on death row for more than 17 years until a federal judge ruled his conviction of killing two people was faulty. DNA evidence linked to the murders cleared him. He left prison in 2004.

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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