Joshua Kezer re-entered society in February 2009 after serving 16 years—nearly half of his life—of a 60-year prison sentence for murder. Notre Dame Law School alumnus Charles Weiss ’68 made it happen. He took the case pro bono in September 2006 after all of Kezer’s other post-conviction remedies had been exhausted. The judge’s ruling is available at http://www.columbiamissourian.com/media/multimedia/2009/04/27/media/Josh_Kezer_decision.pdf
The two will speak at Notre Dame Law School at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, in 1140 Eck Hall of Law. The event is free and open to the public.
The case is one of false statements, wrongful conviction, perseverance, faith in the legal system, faith in the Lord and belief in justice. Kezer’s story was covered by CBS’s 48 Hours Mystery on March 13, 2010 (see http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/13/48hours/main6296475.shtml?tag=cbsnewsLeadStoriesArea.0).
This event is sponsored by the Career Services Office, the Center for Civil & Human Rights, the Student Services Office, the Notre Dame Chapter of the ACLU, the Public Interest Law Forum and the Student Bar Association.