Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project

Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project

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The Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project (TMSLIP) is a law school clinic at the Earl Karl Institute for Legal and Social Policy. The Project promotes student development through a clinical experiential model, students, under the guidance of a full-time supervising attorney review and pursues actual innocence claims. If you would like the TMSLIP to pursue an actual innocence claim on your behalf they require two things.  First, the case must meet the definition for actual innocence, which generally means that there was either: no offense; or if there was an offense someone else did it.  And secondly, that there exists or potentially exists new evidence that would conclusively prove innocence (evidence admitted previously is generally not enough). The Project also requires that the crime has occurred in Texas and that the conviction has become final. Therefore, they do not take trial cases or cases that are still on direct appeal. Individuals claiming to have been wrongfully convicted may make a formal request for assistance by completing a TPIQ (Texas Prisoner Innocence Questionnaire) and mailing it to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project, Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy.

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