Justin Brooks is a law professor and the Director of the California Innocence Project, which is a non-profit organization that works to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals in California. Brooks co-founded the organization in 1999 and has since helped free more than 30 innocent people from prison.
Brooks is a leading expert in the field of wrongful convictions and has been nationally recognized for his work as a legal advocate, scholar, and educator. He has been involved in some of the most high-profile wrongful conviction cases in California, including the case of Brian Banks, a former high school football star who was falsely accused of rape and spent five years in prison before being exonerated. Brooks has also been instrumental in advocating for criminal justice reform, including the passage of California’s “Right to Testify” law, which allows defendants to testify on their own behalf during trial.
In addition to his work with the California Innocence Project, Brooks is also a professor at California Western School of Law, where he teaches courses on criminal law and wrongful convictions. He has authored several books and articles on the subject of wrongful convictions and is a sought-after speaker and commentator on legal issues in the media.
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