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Wrongful Convictions: Penny Beerntsen

Event Date: 10/23/2013
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave.

Eminent scholars and wrongfully convicted individuals come together to speak up on miscarriages of justice, wrongful convictions, and where the system fails. In 1985, Penny Beernsten was raped and beaten near the town of Two Rivers. Her description of the assailant fit two suspects, but law enforcement provided the photo of only one of the suspects. Beerntsen identified the man in the photo as her attacker and he was convicted. In 2003, DNA evidence linked the other suspect to the crime.

The Wrongful Convictions series is sponsored by the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, one of the centers and institutes of the Roosevelt University College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Professor Bethany Barratt.