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Innocence Project to host Third-Annual "Celebration of Freedom and Justice" Benefit May 6

News from the Innocence Project


Advisory for Event Wednesday evening, May 6, 2009


Contact:  Alana Salzberg; 212.364.5983; ASalzberg@innocenceproject.org



Innocence Project Benefit Features John Grisham, Brooke Shields, Aidan Quinn, Blue Man Group, Several Exonerated New Yorkers


Third-Annual “Celebration of Freedom and Justice” at Cipriani

Wall Street Wednesday night honors actor/producer/director Bob Balaban, record executive Jason Flom, and law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges


(New York, NY; May 5, 2009) – On Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m., the Innocence Project will host its third-annual benefit, A Celebration of Freedom and Justice, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The program features Brooke Shields and Aidan Quinn performing an excerpt from the Drama Desk Award-winning play "The Exonerated”; as well as performances by Blue Man Group and Phoebe Snow.


The evening will feature tributes to this year’s honorees: acclaimed actor, director and producer Bob Balaban, who directed the original stage production and the televised adaptation of "The Exonerated;" recording industry pioneer Jason Flom, who serves on the Innocence Project’s Board of Directors; and the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, which has given pro bono support of the Innocence Project’s ambitious policy reform agenda.


Honorary Chairman John Grisham will speak, as will Innocence Project Co-Directors Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck. Eight Innocence Project clients who have been exonerated through DNA testing – most of them in the greater New York area – will also speak at the event.


WHAT:           A Celebration of Freedom and Justice, the Innocence Project’s third-annual benefit


WHO:             Innocence Project Co-Directors Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld; Brooke Sheilds, Aidan Quinn, John Grisham, Bob Balaban, Blue Man Group; and more.

                        Eight Innocence Project clients who have been exonerated through DNA testing, most of them from the New York area.


WHEN:           Wednesday, May 6, 2009

                        Reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and program at 7:30 p.m.


WHERE:        Cipriani Wall Street

                        55 Wall Street at William Street


The Innocence Project, which is affiliated with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. To date, 239 people nationwide have been exonerated through DNA testing and dozens of states have implemented critical reforms to prevent wrongful convictions.





Alana B. Salzberg

Communications Associate

The Innocence Project

100 Fifth Ave., 3rd Floor

New York, NY  10011

Office:  212.364.5983

Mobile: 617.823.7808


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