Hawaii Innocence Project: ‘Justice Is A Matter of the Heart’
A legal clinic trying to exonerate those who have been wrongfully convicted has new leadership that’s hoping to free more innocent people. Kenneth Lawson and Ronette Kawakami were named as co-directors last spring. Kawakami is an associate dean at the law school and spent 26 years as a public defender. Lawson is an associate faculty specialist who has a long history of criminal defense work on the mainland. The new-look Innocence Project already seems to be taking on Lawso
Meet Longest-Incarcerated Exoneree, Ricky Jackson
Ricky Jackson, 57, was convicted in 1975 for murdering a businessman. After nearly 40 years in prison, he served the longest prison term of any incarcerated person in history. His exoneration came after the key witness against Jackson, a 13-year-old boy, recanted last year and said Cleveland police detectives coerced him into testifying that Jackson killed businessman Harry Franks the afternoon of May 19, 1975. Hear his account of death row, wrongful conviction, and how the i
(Re)Considering Criminal Cases with Hawaii’s Innocence Project – Kenneth Lawson
Ken Lawson is the Co-Director of the Hawai‘i Innocence Project and an Associate Faculty Specialist at the William S. Richardson Law School where he teaches Criminal Procedure; Criminal Law; Professional Responsibility; Evidence; and, the Hawai‘i Innocence Project, a teaching legal clinic. In this episode, he shares his criminal trial expereince in Ohio, his work with the judiciary’s juvenile drug court program, and the state supreme court’s mandatory professionalism program.