Wrongfully-Convicted Amanda Knox, Anna Vasquez Visit Texas A&M Law

October 1, 2019

Texas A&M University School of Law's Innocence Project clinic welcomes Amanda Knox and Anna Vasquez Tuesday, October 8 at 12 noon. Both Knox and Vasquez were wrongfully convicted and exonerated after serving time behind bars and would like to share their stories with students, faculty, staff and the community. 

Amanda Knox Knox is an exoneree, journalist, public speaker and author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Waiting to Be Heard (HarperCollins, April 2013). Between 2007 and 2015, she spent nearly four years in an Italian prison and eight years on trial for a murder she didn’t commit.

She hosted The Scarlet Letter Reports, a VICE/Facebook series about the public vilification of women and currently hosts The Truth About True Crime, a podcast series for Sundance/AMC that she produces and writes.

Anna Vasquez Vasquez served nearly 13 years for a crime she did not commit and that never occurred. She and her three friends that spent 22 years fighting for their innocence are known as the San Antonio Four. All four were exonerated in 2016. Now, as the director of outreach and education for the Innocence Project of Texas, Vasquez is dedicated to sharing her experience in the hopes of "improving the justice system and preventing similar occurrences."

IPTX logoThe Innocence Project of Texas (IPTX) is an organization dedicated to the mission of securing the release of people who are wrongly convicted in the state of Texas and educating the public about the causes and effects of wrongful convictions.

sa4 oct2016Kristie Mayhugh, Anna Vasquez, Cassandra Rivera and Elizabeth Ramirez and their attorney, Mike Ware, Texas A&M Law adjunct professor, at the Fort Worth screening of the documentary "Southwest of Salem" hosted by Texas A&M University School of Law.
Knox and Vasquez will be joined by Mike Ware, Vasquez's attorney and Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Texas. He is also Texas A&M University School of Law Innocence ​Project clinic director and adjunct professor. 

Texas A&M School of Law clinic students, in collaboration with The Innocence Project of Texas, can earn course credit by investigating the cases of defendants who claim actual innocence, even after all appeals have failed.

Coincidentally, October 2 was designated Wrongful Conviction Day by the Innocence Project of Texas and the Innocence Network. It is an annual observance "dedicated to ending wrongful convictions and highlighting the plight of those convicted of crimes they did not commit." This year, the day highlighted the role that human factors play in criminal investigations and the efforts to prevent wrongful convictions through 40 events.

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