J-students to help investigate wrongful convictions

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UBC law and journalism schools partner to investigate wrongful convictions

Canada’s first journalism-law student partnership on wrongful convictions has been launched at the University of British Columbia, with graduate journalism students and law students investigating miscarriages of justice in B.C. 

Priority will be given to the more than 20 murder cases on file with the UBC Faculty of Law’s Innocence Project, which was founded in 2007. 

Canada has exonerated more than 40 wrongfully convicted individuals in the past 25 years, including last week’s case of Ivan Henry, who was acquitted of a series of rapes after spending 27 years in prison. 

Tamara Levy, Director of the UBC Law Innocence Project, a criminal lawyer and adjunct professor at UBC, said that she is looking forward to working with the journalism students because “they bring unique skills that will help us shed some light on our investigations and move them forward more quickly.”