Exoneration Project

Joshua Tepfer on Why Police Shooting Cases Need Outside Prosecutors

Opinion: Why Police Shooting Cases Need Outside Prosecutors
Anand Swaminathan and Joshua Tepfer
Chicago Sun-Times
February 2, 2016

Cook County has a one-of-a-kind process for major crimes called “felony review,” which creates an especially close, collaborative relationship between local prosecutors and police.

In the aftermath of highly publicized police shootings, a number of states around the country have enacted reforms requiring special prosecutors to investigate police shootings, and many other states are considering them. Chicago, more so than any other jurisdiction, needs to implement this reform.

Exoneration Project Wins Release of Client Ben Baker

Becky Beaupre Gillespie
Law School Communications
January 21, 2016

The University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project scored another major victory last week, winning the release and exoneration of client Ben Baker, who had served about 10 years of a 14-year prison sentence on drug charges despite evidence that he had been framed by a corrupt group of Chicago police officers. Law School clinical students Regina Wood, ’17, and Nathan Maxwell, ’16, led by Exoneration Project attorney Josh Tepfer, played a big role in winning Baker’s release, including drafting the brief that helped lead prosecutors to drop the charges.

The University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project scored another major victory last week, winning the release and exoneration of client Ben Baker, who had served about 10 years of a 14-year prison sentence on drug charges despite evidence that he had been framed by a corrupt group of Chicago police officers.

Clinics in Action: Police Reform in Chicago

Date: 
04.18.2016
Location: 
Classroom V
Contact info (email or phone): 

Jeff Leslie, jleslie@uchicago.edu

Professors Craig Futterman, Randolph Stone, and David Owens will discuss their work on recent high-profile litigation involving police shootings and misconduct, and efforts to reform the policing system in Chicago.  

Soul food lunch from Catering by David will be provided.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman
Faculty: 
Randolph N. Stone
Faculty: 
David Owens

Exoneration Project Victory in Drug Case

Chicago Man Freed in Drug Case Tainted by Police Corruption
Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner
The Chicago Tribune
January 14, 2016

[Ben] Baker's release was granted earlier Thursday during a two-minute hearing at which Cook County prosecutors moved to drop all charges against Baker.

[...]

Baker has served about 10 years of his 14-year prison sentence, said his lawyer, Joshua Tepfer of the Exoneration Project.

Faculty: 
Joshua Tepfer

Trying a Case Outside of the Courts

Claire Stamler-Goody
Law School Communications
January 7, 2016

Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Tyrone Hood, and members of the Law School's Exoneration Project discussed the role of executive clemency and the media in criminal justice reform.  

For Tyrone Hood, a man wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to seventy-five years in prison, seeking clemency through former Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn was a novel approach.

Faculty: 
Tara Thompson

David Owens on the Contract for Officers of the Chicago Police Department

9 Ways Police Have More Protections Than You Do When They're Arrested
Brandon Ellington Patterson
Mother Jones
December 17, 2015

A civil rights lawyer reflects on officers' "super due process."

I took a closer look at the contract for officers of the Chicago Police Department—which has been under fire for its handling of the 

Faculty: 
David Owens

Clinics in Action: The Exoneration Project Presents Governor Quinn and a Panel Discussion on Executive Clemency

Date: 
11.19.2015
Location: 
Room V
Contact info (email or phone): 

tthompson@law.uchicago.edu

Does executive clemency have the power to drive criminal justice reform?  Please join the Exoneration Project for a conversation on this topic with former Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn, Tyrone Hood, and Karl Leonard '09.  Tara Thompson of the Exoneration Project will moderate.

Faculty: 
Tara Thompson
Faculty: 
David Owens
Faculty: 
Joshua Tepfer

Joshua Tepfer

Lecturer in Law

Josh Tepfer joined University of Chicago Law School as a Lecturer in Law at the Exoneration Project in the Fall 2015.

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