In this video update, Executive Director Seth Miller talks about Steppin’ Out with the Innocence Project of Florida, our annual fundraising event, and provides an update on an important ruling recently received in one case.
Steppin’ Out with the Innocence Project of Florida is Friday, April 5th at the Four Seasons Hotel, Miami. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and program, 7 to 9 p.m. You can purchase tickets now and sponsor a table.
The theme for this year is Wrongful Convictions: A Family Matter. We recognize the reality that wrongful convictions impact more than just those who were sent to prison. Not surprising, it can be devastating for the family – losing their son, brother or dad to a wrongful conviction, often for decades.
The celebration this year will highlight IPF’s 10th anniversary and honor Florida’s DNA exonerees, pay tribute to their families who lost a loved one for decades, and present the Frank Lee Smith Innocence Award to Betty Anne Waters, whose life inspired the movie Conviction. You can watch the movie trailer here.
The event this year includes an on-line auction that includes several unique travel packages and experiences. The items in the on-line auction are open for pre-bidding and will close at the live auction on April 5, 2013. You have until 6:00 pm on April 3, 2013 to place your maximum bid – so you can still be a winner even if you are not in attendance.
Seth also addresses a recent ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal (DCA) that will enable DNA testing to move forward in Esdras Cardona’s case. The DCA ruled that we have the right to consume the entirety of the evidence if that is what is needed to get a result during post-conviction DNA testing and the State cannot place undo restrictions on post-conviction testing.