Fernando Bermudez spent 18 years in prison for a 1992 murder he didn’t commit. In 2009, a judge overturned his conviction. University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Daniel Medwed began working on Bermudez’s behalf in 2001 when he was a professor at Brooklyn Law School. On September 29, Bermudez will visit the College of Law and speak about his experiences in “An Inside Look at Wrongful Convictions.”
“It’s been a long, bitter struggle in which, at times, I lost hope and even questioned my own existence,” Bermudez told the New York Daily News earlier this year. “What kept me going was essentially that I knew that I was innocent … [and] the love of my family.”
Adds Medwed: “We have an extraordinarily vibrant criminal justice program here at the College of Law, including the Innocence Clinic run by Professor Anderson and Professor Cassell’s advocacy on behalf of crime victims. A common thread in the fabric of our program is a commitment to making the system as procedurally fair and substantively just as possible. Fernando’s story provides a singular example of how criminal cases can go wrong, and how we can all work to make them right.”
Bermudez’ presentation will be held Thursday, September 29 at 12:15 p.m in the Sutherland Moot Courtroom. It is offered for one hour free CLE (applied for) and a free lunch will be provided to attendees.
Watch the lecture live at 12:15 p.m., September 29, 2011