Wrongfully convicted man’s Notre Dame speech revives project


A wrongfully convicted Indiana man whose case made national news during Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign has helped revive a Notre Dame Law School group.

The (South Bend) Tribune reported that five students struggled to revive the school’s Innocence Project until Keith Cooper’s appearance in April packed a campus lecture hall.

The Elkhart man spent 10 years in prison for a 1996 robbery before DNA evidence suggested his innocence and witnesses recanted. His case gained prominence last year when then-Gov. Pence refused to pardon him. Gov. Eric Holcomb issued the pardon days after taking office.

Club president Tia Paulette and four others stepped forward in summer 2016 to jump-start the Innocence Project. Now there are more than 100 members whose goal is to work on cases of potential wrongful convictions.

Pence pardoned just three people during his term as governor — a number Holcomb more than doubled https://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/45594-holcomb-doubles-pences-4-year-total-of-pardons-in-one-day in his first year, and far fewer than any of Pence’s recent predecessors.

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