Longest-Serving Exoneree in U.S. History Released By DNA Evidence Speaks at WMU-Cooley Law School

Danielle Mendez, Ebony Smith, Robert Johnson, Christian Mashburn, Ashley Bruner, Robert Cromwell, James Bain

Pictured (left-right) standing: WMU-Cooley Students Danielle Mendez, Ebony Smith, Robert Johnson, Christian Mashburn, and Ashley Bruner. Seated: former FBI agent Robert Cromwell and exonoree James Bain.

James Bain, the longest serving exoneree in U.S. history to be released using post-conviction DNA evidence, and former FBI agent Robert Cromwell spoke at the Tampa Bay campus of WMU-Cooley Law School on Friday, March 10.

The event was brought to the law school by the Innocence Project of Florida (IPF). Cromwell and Bain spoke to those in attendance about the importance of post-conviction DNA testing and how every criminal case should be examined carefully to prevent individuals from being wrongfully convicted.

As a non-profit organization, IPF helps innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives. Founded in 2003, it has secured the release and exoneration of a number of innocent individuals from Florida’s prisons, including achieving the exoneration of Bain, who endured 35 years of wrongful incarceration.

IPF is a member of the Innocence Network, an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted and working to redress the causes of wrongful conviction.

About Western Michigan University Cooley Law School: WMU-Cooley Law School resulted from the 2014 affiliation that combined WMU's status as a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and WMU-Cooley Law School operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.



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