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Wrongfully Convicted; The Story of Fernando Bermudez

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Jerome Greene Hall, Room 940

On Thursday Nov 12, 2009, Justice John Cataldo of the New York State Supreme Court ruled that ! Fernando Bermudez was innocent of the crime for which he had spent 18 years in prison. The ruling was significant for two reasons. First, it was one of the rare instances in New York in which a judge had ruled that a defendant was innocent without the presence of exonerating DNA evidence. Second, the court ruled that Mr. Bermudez was actually innocent, which bolstered Mr. Bermudezs chance of collecting compensation from the state.

On Tuesday Apr 2, Mr. Bermudez will be speaking about his conviction, the 18 years he spent in prison, his pro-se attempts to seek justice, and the work of pro-bono lawyers who finally succeeded in securing his freedom.

Open to Public