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Barry Scheck

Barry Scheck

Co-Director, Innocence Project & Prof., Cardozo Law

Barry Scheck is the co-founder and co-director, with Peter Neufeld, of the Innocence Project and a professor at the Cardozo School of Law. Known for landmark litigation that has set standards for forensic applications of DNA technology, he and Neufeld have shaped the course of case law nationwide, leading to an influential study by the National Academy of Sciences, as well as important state and federal legislation. They coauthored Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted (2000) with Jim Dwyer. Scheck is a commissioner on New York's Forensic Science Review Board, the first vice president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a board member of the National Institute of Justice's Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence. In addition to the dozens of men exonerated through the Innocence Project, Scheck has represented such notable clients as Hedda Nussbaum, O. J. Simpson, Louise Woodward, and Abner Louima.

More About Barry Scheck

Chris Hayes talks with Barry Scheck, co-founder of The Innocence Project about what it takes to get someone exonerated from a wrongful conviction as part of a special show, All In America: The 11th Hour.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Across the country, discrimination in jury selection is an open secret. The Supreme Court has banned the practice in theory, but in reality, this discrimination continues unchecked.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Then-Gov. George W. Bush would almost certainly have stayed Claude Jones’s execution had he known that a DNA test had been requested.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Prosecutors…regard the exoneration of an innocent person wrongly convicted as an attack upon the system.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

For all the uncertainty and challenge of the threat ISIL poses, […] this legal question is one of the easy ones. As a matter of law, the President needs additional authority from Congress. Asserting he has it already is wrong.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Saturday, September 13, 2014