Show Notes: The Innocence Update

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Episode 1: The Innocence Update

Best-selling author John Grisham and UVA Law Innocence Project Director Deirdre Enright discuss the latest on innocence cases, forensics and the future of criminal justice. More

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Show Notes: The Innocence Update

In this episode, best-selling author John Grisham and UVA Law Innocence Project Director Deirdre Enright sit down with Risa and Leslie to discuss criminal justice, wrongful convictions and “junk science.” Grisham talks about the 2018 Netflix docuseries adapted from his nonfiction book, “The Innocent Man,” and Enright gives insight into the project’s innocence claims work in Virginia.

John Grisham John Grisham

John Grisham is a New York Times best-selling author. Before he pursued his career as a legal-thriller novelist, Grisham was an attorney himself. A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, Grisham specialized in criminal defense and personal injury litigation, practicing law for nearly a decade in Southaven, Mississippi. Grisham was also elected to the Mississippi State House of Representatives in 1983 and served until 1990. He penned his first novel, “A Time to Kill,” in 1988. His second novel, “The Firm,” was adapted into a film in 1991, and his rise has been meteoric ever since. Grisham has written more than 25 novels — including  The Pelican Brief,The Runaway Jury” and his latest, “The Reckoning” — all of which have become international bestsellers. His only nonfiction book, “The Innocent Man,” which he spoke about at UVA Law in 2006, was recently adapted by Netflix into a six-part docuseries of the same name. Grisham serves on the board of directors of the original Innocence Project in New York. He has resided in Charlottesville, Virginia, for 25 years. You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnGrisham.

Deirdre Enright Deirdre Enright

Deirdre Enright is a professor of law and director, with Jennifer Givens, of the Innocence Project at the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a 1992 graduate of UVA Law. Enright specializes in criminal investigation and defense, DNA exoneration and innocence cases. A mitigation expert, Enright has more than 15 years of experience as a staff attorney for the Mississippi Capital Defender Office and the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center. Since 2008, she has organized and led the Innocence Project Clinic at UVA Law. Enright was featured on episodes 7 and 12 of the hit podcast “Serial,” which focused on Adnan Syed’s innocence claim.

A transcript will be posted in the coming days.

Listening to the Show

During the episode, Grisham, Enright and the hosts reference several cases:

Methods and Ideas

Near the end of the show, the hosts reference “Making A Murderer,” another Netflix series featuring UVA Law alum and defense attorney Dean Strang ’85, who also teaches courses at the Law School. And at the opening of the show, Risa Goluboff mentions a book she wrote that also touches on criminal law issues — that book is “Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s.”