The Impossibility of Innocence: Race as an Estimator Variable in Wrongful Convictions

Location: Augusta Room
Date: Fri, April 12
Time: 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Innocence practitioners have long been familiar with the estimator and system variables that lead to wrongful convictions. In litigating innocence claims, race itself is rarely considered an instigating factor of wrongful convictions; rather, race is generally left unmentioned until statistics are collected or a general frustration is noted around racist activity. This panel explores, through differing approaches and disciplines, the many ways in which race becomes an estimator variable in wrongful convictions, how we can begin to recognize the hallmarks and ways to strategize around litigating racism as estimator variable in both post-conviction and appellate litigation.