Opening Doors: Wrongful Convictions of Women

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LWV - Lake County is hosting a follow-up program on wrongful convictions. "Opening Doors - Wrongful Convictions of Women" a program about female exonerees will be presented on April 28th at 3:30 p.m. in the Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Forest.

Women fighting wrongful convictions face special challenges. Natural or accidental deaths can be mistaken for murder, and indeed, according to the National Registry of Exonerations, one half of female exonerees were convicted for what turned out to be no crime at all. You will learn about the newly formed Women's Project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, led by Karen L. Daniel and Judy Royal, co-directors, and their colleague, Erin K. Topp.

Wrongful convictions are a hot topic for both Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim and Illinois State Representative 58th Disctrict Scott Drury. Both will make introductory remarks. Rep. Drury also may explain some of his proposed legislation concerning wrongful convictions.

The program is sponsored by: League of Women Voters - Lake County, AAUW, Lake County Bar Association, and Lake Forest College Ethics Center. Reception follows.

Last year's program "False Confessions: Do They Happen? How? Why?" still can be viewed on our website under the News Archive tab.


From left: Karen L. Daniel, Judy Royal, and Erin K. Topp.