The theme for IPF’s annual celebration, 3rd Annual Steppin’ Out with the Innocence Project of Florida, is “stepping out an moving forward”. We will celebrate life after exoneration and the steps the exonerees have taken to move forward with their lives.
Our keynote speaker this year is Brian Banks who was 17-years-old when he was convicted of rape and kidnapping at his high school in southern California. At the time of his wrongful conviction, he had a promising collegiate football career ahead of him. He served five years behind bars, followed by five years on probation. Brian was exonerated in 2012 when his accuser admitted to him in a Facebook Message that the entire story was fabricated. Read our blog about the story here.
Before his conviction, Banks was set to play football at the University of Southern California under head coach Pete Carroll. It took less than a year after his exoneration for the Atlanta Falcons to draft Brian Banks into the NFL, where he completed preseason training but was cut from the team before the final roster. Brian says he has fulfilled his dream of playing in the NFL; he is now moving on as a motivational speaker.
In January, Brian announced that he will be working close with Gidden Media to produce a film about his life and the wrongful conviction he faced.
Brian has been stepping out and moving forward for two years and we will welcome him May 8th at the 3rd Annual Steppin’ Out celebration. The event is at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida, and many Florida DNA exonerees will be in attendance.
Tickets are still available for this event on our website or at the link below. We hope you’ll join us.