California Western School of Law professor Justin Brooks and three staff attorneys from the California Innocence Project will walk 600 miles to the state capitol in Sacramento to bring attention to the cause of wrongful convictions. The Innocence March will begin April 27 at the San Diego Courthouse.
Brooks, the director of the California Innocence Project, will be joined by attorneys Alex Simpson, Alissa Bjerkhoel and Michael Semanchik. They will be walking to protest the incarceration of their innocent clients and present clemency petitions for 12 clients, "The California 12," to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The California Innocence Project made international news last May with the exoneration of football player Brian Banks, who is expected to join the march for portions of the 55-day walk across California.
At a cost to the state of around $8.5 million, “The California 12” have been wrongfully incarcerated for a combined 190 years, according to the California Innocence Project.