As mystery writers, we’re used to writing the story about the hero catching the bad guy and bringing justice for the victim. But what if our hero catches the wrong guy?
Our October speaker will be Jean K. Gilles Phillips, a clinical professor of law and the director of the Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas School of Law. Most recently, the Project was in the news for its work on the case of Floyd Bledsoe, a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years for a murder his brother committed.
Phillips will talk about everything from the scientific issues surrounding evidence to the emotional toll of working to exonerate those who are wrongfully convicted, as well as the adjustments a wrongfully convicted person must make when released from prison. She will talk about the case of Floyd Bledsoe and the challenges he faced after serving 15 years in prison–15 years during which his children grew up, and the world changed drastically as cell phones and the internet took over everyday communications.
Join us on October 1 at 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.