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Saturday, June 8 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Framed: The Wrongful Conviction of Reginald Adams with Innocence Project New Orleans

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Reginald Adams was wrongly convicted, twice, by New Orleans police and prosecutors for a murder he did not commit. When Innocence Project New Orleans reviewed his case it became clear he had been framed. With the help of pro-bono counsel, Mike Magner, they developed a complete picture of what was done to Reginald and relatively quickly won his complete exoneration. Olivia Grey Pritchard, through her dedicated online blog, had independently begun advocating for Reginald.

This interactive panel will hear from Reginald about the experience through two trials, 34 years of wrongful imprisonment, and the challenges since. Emily and Mike will discuss the process of reviewing and successfully pressing Reginald’s case to the New Orleans District Attorney. Olivia will discuss – from a lay-advocate’s perspective – the efforts that she and her mother had undertaken on Reginald’s behalf and how they worked with the IPNO lawyers after Reginald had counsel. Emily and Mike will address wrongful convictions more generally and the review process that IPNO and similar organizations undertake on old cases of potentially innocent prisoners. The panel will then address the systemic causes – beyond specific evidence-based mistakes--of tragedies like that which befell Reginald Adams and what we can all do to prevent wrongful convictions. There will be plenty of time for audience questions and discussion.

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Reginald Adams

Reginald Adams was born in New Orleans. He was wrongfully convicted of the murder of a New Orleans Police Department officer’s wife in 1980. He was exonerated of the crime in 2014, after serving 34 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He credits his positive attitude for keeping him... Read More →
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Olivia Grey Pritchard

Award-Winning Photographer
Olivia is an award-winning photographer in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has a Bachelor's Degree in broadcast journalism and a Master's Degree in mass communication. From 2006-2009 she worked for the United Nations in Burundi and Chad as a public information officer and mission photographer... Read More →
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Emily Maw

Senior Counsel, IPNO
Emily Maw has been with Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) since 2003. From 2004-2005 she was legal director, from 2005-2018 she was IPNO’s director and she now serves as IPNO’s senior counsel, focusing on litigation. She is licensed in Louisiana and Mississippi. Prior to working at IPNO, Emily worked with the then-Louisiana Crisis Assistance... Read More →
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Mike Magner

Partner, Jones Walker LLP
Mike Magner is a partner at Jones Walker LLP. A former federal prosecutor, he represents clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, investigations, and white-collar criminal matters.Mike is a preeminent and widely respected trial attorney and fellow of the American College of... Read More →

Saturday June 8, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Breakout 2 (St. James)