Innocent man exonerated after 19 years to speak at Chapman Law

A man who spent 19 years in prison for a murder he did not commit and whose release was helped in part by a Chapman Law alumna, will give a talk on Monday, Oct. 22 at 11:45 a.m. in Room 237 A/B of Kennedy Hall.


During his visit to Chapman University School of Law John Edward Smith will talk about the trial that wrongly put him in jail.

John Edward Smith
was 18 years old when he was arrested for a murder he did not commit. The truth had been locked away with Smith in a cell since 1993. After spending 19 years in prison, Smith was exonerated with the help of
Innocence Matters
. Innocence Matters is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing wrongful convictions and honoring the truth. This case has a special connection to the Chapman Law community.
Alumna Valerie Feltz Rone (’12)
externed with Innocence Matters during her second year of law school and worked on the habeas corpus petition for Smith after visiting him in prison.

Students, alumni, faculty and community members must register
. This event is sponsored by the Criminal Law Society.

Dawn Bonker

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