University of South Carolina

Law symposium to focus on wrongful convictions and prosecutorial ethics

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-5400

A USC School of Law symposium will bring together prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges and law professors to discuss prosecutorial ethics and wrongful conviction cases. The event is set for March 15 – 16 in the law school auditorium. Among well-known cases to be discussed are the Central Park jogger case in New York, the Duke Lacrosse case in North Carolina, and South Carolina high-profile cases, including the Billy Wayne Cope case, which has raised questions about DNA and possibly false confessions.

James P. Cooney III, a Charlotte, N.C., defense lawyer, will deliver the keynote address at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the auditorium. The symposium is free and open to the public; there is charge for CLE credit. Cooney defended Reade Seligmann, one of the wrongfully charged lacrosse players in the Duke Lacrosse rape case.

The conference will run from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, March 16. Details for the conference, organized by law professor Greg Adams, are online at


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Posted: 03/13/12 @ 1:30 PM | Updated: 03/13/12 @ 8:22 PM | Permalink