At the Innocence Project of Florida’s first annual gala on Friday, April 27, 2012 we will be presenting two awards to an individual, group, or organization for their commitments to justice and stopping wrongful convictions. We have named these two awards in honor of two individuals who inspire the Innocence Project of Florida with their work for the cause of innocence.
The first is the Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte Commitment to Justice Award. This award will be given to a person, group or organization who has inspired us with their spirited defense of truth, sustained commitment to justice, and tireless advocacy for the innocent.
“The whole of Sandy’s professional life is encapsulated in the criteria developed to select the award recipient. He has been a mentor, friend and colleague to so many, and has made an immeasurable impact in correcting years of injustice,” said Seth Miller, IPF’s executive director. Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte served as IPF’s founding chair of the board of directors and has demonstrated a life-long and inspiring commitment to justice and made a tremendous personal impact on the innocence movement in Florida.
“We wanted to honor Sandy in an enduring and meaningful way in consideration of all that he has done and continues to do in furtherance of the cause of justice in Florida, throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the establishment of the Innocence Project of Florida,” said Mark Schlakman, chair of the board of directors.
We will also be presenting the Frank Lee Smith Innocence Award, and this award will be given to a person, group or organization who has made a significant contribution to advancing the cause of innocence.
Frank Lee Smith, the first Florida DNA exoneree, died in prison of cancer before his exoneration. It was his struggle and persistence that in part led to the passage of Florida’s post-conviction DNA testing law and ultimately, the formation of the Innocence Project of Florida.
We’re very excited to be able to honor Sandy D’Alemberte and the memory of Frank Lee Smith, as well as the deserving recipients, which will be announced in the next few days.
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