Susan Friedman

  • Hosted by Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school The George Washington University Law School
  • Issue area Criminal Justice Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2011
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Susan represented individuals wrongfully convicted by the misuse of forensic science, educate the judiciary about forensic science problems, and monitor the progress of forensic reform efforts in Maryland.

Susan conducted highly extensive intake and screening on 51 clients’ innocence claims, provided full representation to two clients, and signed two clients to a limited retainer in order to fully investigate the faulty forensic science that was used to wrongfully convict them.

During her Fellowship, Susan:

  • Filed a motion for postconviction DNA testing, a motion for postconviction comparison of latent prints to known fingerprints in law enforcement databases, and a motion to reopen postconviction proceeding based upon improperly withheld exculpatory evidence.
  •  In the second case, Susan drafted a petition for Writ of Actual Innocence.
  • Identified two other potential wrongful convictions that were obtained based on flawed forensic science testimony about arson and shaken baby syndrome.
  • Worked with other forensic science reform advocates to ensure that policies that would have a negative impact on crime laboratory oversight are not implemented.
  • Created an educational manual on forensic science to enable others to identify when faulty forensic science was used.

Next Steps

After her Fellowship, Susan joined The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice in New York as a staff attorney with a new DNA Unit. Now, she works as a staff attorney at the Innocence Project and litigates post-conviction DNA cases throughout the country. She also supervises students through the Innocence Project clinic at Cardozo Law School.

Media

Detectives Obtained a False Murder Confession. Was It One of Dozens?

I am inspired by the brave individuals that the Innocence Network works to protect; it is a privilege to both advocate on their behave and for criminal justice reform.

Susan Friedman /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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