The Brooklyn Nets are partnering with the Innocence Project to hold a panel discussion about wrongful convictions on Tuesday, January 29 when the team hosts the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center.
The pregame panel will begin promptly at 5:30p.m. in the arena’s Billboard Lounge. The discussion will focus on raising awareness about wrongful convictions and criminal justice reform in the Brooklyn community.
The conversation will be moderated by former Nets player and current lawyer and sportscaster, Len Elmore. Each panel participant also has a direct tie to Brooklyn, including:
- Exoneree Mark Denny, who was arrested in Brooklyn in 1988 and spent nearly 30 years before being found innocent and released in December 2017 through a collaboration between the Innocence Project and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit.
- Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, who oversaw Denny’s exoneration.
- Innocence Project Senior Staff attorney Nina Morrison, who represented Denny during his exoneration.
“The Brooklyn Nets are excited to partner with the Innocence Project and use our platform to raise awareness about the work their organization is doing for members of our community and across the country,” Brooklyn Nets Head Coach, Kenny Atkinson, said. “By working together, we hope to leverage our unique position in Brooklyn to shine a light on wrongful convictions, build a greater understanding about how wrongful convictions can happen, and educate our fans on how they can get involved.”
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