Righting Wrongful Convictions: DNA and the Innocence Project
An innocent man and soon-to-be firefighter was convicted and sentenced to 210 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Learn more about Marvin Anderson’s story and the nonprofit that helped to exonerate him and nearly 200 other people by DNA testing. Join the Mob Museum, the Innocence Project and Anderson for a compelling discussion about what it takes to free the innocent.
Anton Robinson is a senior staff attorney in the Innocence Project’s Strategic Litigation Department, focusing on mistaken identification cases. Before joining the Innocence Project, Anton was a Senior Planner at the Vera Institute of Justice, where he launched and managed the New York City Bail Assessment Project to mitigate the harms of money bail and drive progressive bail reform in New York. Before the Vera Institute, Anton worked as an assistant public defender at the New York County Defender Services, representing persons facing criminal charges in Manhattan Criminal and Supreme courts. He began his legal career as an assistant public defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orlando, Florida.
Anton teaches Wrongful Convictions at American University Washington College of Law. He graduated from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida and Florida State University.
Marvin Anderson was wrongly convicted of the 1982 rape and robbery of a Hanover County woman based on her identification and the prosecution’s concealment of exculpatory evidence. Anderson was the first person exonerated under a new VA law allowing DNA evidence to supercede VA’s 21-day rule for the introduction of new evidence. Anderson was convicted solely on the eyewitness testimony of the victim. He was paroled in 1997 after 15 years in prison. Anderson was cleared of the crime by DNA tests four years later on December 6, 2001. Anderson was granted a full pardon by Virginia Governor Mark Warner on August 21, 2002.