California Innocence Project’s Innocence March to Begin April 27


Beginning Saturday, April 27, California Western School of Law professor Justin P. Brooks and two staff attorneys from the California Innocence Project will kick off the Innocence March – a 600-mile journey from San Diego to Sacramento.

Brooks and attorneys Alissa Bjerkhoel and Michael Semanchik will walk 600 miles from San Diego to Sacramento to protest the incarceration of their innocent clients, bring attention to the cause of wrongful convictions, and present clemency petitions for 12 clients, “The California 12,” to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brooks and the California Innocence Project made international news last May with the exoneration of football player Brian Banks, whose story was recently featured on “60 Minutes.” Banks, other exonerees, family members and supporters of the project’s clients, California Western students and staff, and activists are expected to join the march for portions of the 55-day walk across the state.