The Pennsylvania Innocence Project was honored by the overwhelming turnout for the Pittsburgh launch event on September 27, marking the opening of our office and clinic at Duquesne University School of Law. We were hosted by PNC at its new and very impressive headquarters in the PNC Tower. The capacity crowd of some 300 very appreciative guests included Duquesne University’s President Ken Gormley, Duquesne Law School Dean Maureen Lally-Green, representatives from the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and several judges.
After presentations by Innocence Project co-founder and co-director Peter Neufeld, who helped us inaugurate the Project in Philadelphia in April 2009, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigative reporter Bill Moushey, who has been a force in the innocence movement for decades, the program centered on the case of Crystal Weimer. Senior Staff Attorney Nilam Sanghvi, Jones Day lawyers Jeff Bresch and Katy Matscherz, and Crystal herself collaborated on recounting the story of Crystal Weimer’s exoneration from a Fayette County conviction after eleven years of imprisonment.
Also in attendance were Lewis James “Jim” Fogle, who was co-represented by the Project and Peter Neufeld’s office and exonerated after 34 years in prison, and Liz DeLosa, the managing attorney for the Project’s new Pittsburgh office. Jeff Bresch capped off the incredibly successful evening by announcing a $25,000 challenge gift to help support the Pittsburgh office. Matching gifts may be made online or mailed to
Pennsylvania Innocence Project
at Temple University Beasley School of Law
1515 Market Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19102
You can see many more photos from the event here