Nationally known attorney to speak Nov. 6
Attorney for the notorious Sheppard murder case, Terry Gilbert, will present “DNA Evidence - A Criminal Justice Revolution,” at Lake Erie College Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Coe Conference Room of the Arthur S. Holden Center.
Gilbert will share his thoughts on the role of DNA in the United States courts, particularly from the standpoint of a defense lawyer. A criminal defense and civil rights lawyer for 33 years, Gilbert has witnessed tremendous changes in the American legal system.
In 1991, he joined the investigative team to re-open the Marilyn Sheppard murder case, serving as the attorney for the Sheppard family in successfully obtaining the release of previously undisclosed records and evidence which led to the trial against the State of Ohio for the wrongful imprisonment of Sam Sheppard, Ph.D.
He recently succeeded in defending two American Palestinians who were accused of murdering their cousin in what has been referred to as the “honor killing case.” Gilbert also obtained one of the largest police misconduct verdicts in Ohio history and has been a member of the legal team which successfully challenged the constitutionality of Ohio’s Supermax prison in a case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gilbert has appeared frequently on programs including “The Today Show,” CNN’s “Burden of Proof,” Court TV, “60 Minutes,” “Dateline,” PBS “NOVA” and public radio.
“… I would have to say that the most important development in the pursuit of justice is the advent of DNA technology,” said Gilbert. “It has revolutionized the notion of identifying the truly guilty and the truly innocent.”
While Gilbert believes that DNA identification was hailed as a great tool for the police and prosecution, he notes that “There were some unexpected twists in its application - in particular the ability to expose wrongful convictions of the innocent and reveal the dark side of overzealous prosecutions.”
A veteran of numerous high-profile criminal cases, Gilbert has written and lectured extensively on criminal justice issues. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights, National Lawyers Guild, the American Society of Forensic Scientists and the NORML legal Committee.
Gilbert is also active in the anti-death penalty movement, efforts to address the problem of wrongful imprisonment of the innocent, the proliferation of rates of incarceration and prison growth and the failed drug war. He also received the 2002 American Bar Association Litigation Section’s John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact James Eisenberg, professor of psychology, at email@example.com or 440.375.7173.