Texas Tech law students in the Innocence Clinic, which works in conjunction with the Innocence Project of Texas, review convictions in complex, high-grade felony cases in the hopes of exonerating an innocent person who was wrongly convicted. On November 26, the Innocence Clinic held a celebration for last year’s students who obtained the clinic’s first exoneration.
Almost 15 years ago, Jesse Griffith was wrongly convicted of felony-grade theft. Because of the petition Texas Tech law students filed and signed, the Court of Criminal Appeals set aside the wrongful conviction and Griffith was exonerated in October 2017.
At the celebration, Griffith was presented with plaques memorializing the court orders exonerating him and fully expunging the wrongful conviction from his record. Griffith was also presented with a check from the Edmondson Walking Fund; a grant that provides money to all exonerees represented by Innocence Network member organizations upon their exoneration.
This extraordinary work is just one example of the positive impact law students make through the Law School’s clinics every day.