Kevin Allen | June 14, 2018
Last spring, Keith Cooper inspired Notre Dame Law students with his story of determination to clear his name and reclaim his life after being wrongfully convicted of armed robbery in Elkhart, Indiana.
His attorney, Elliot Slosar of the Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago Law School, pointed out to the audience in Eck Hall of Law that he was still a law student when he started working on Cooper’s case.
“There are many people out there who would love your help – even before you’re admitted (to the bar),” he said.
The students took Slosar’s words to heart and started the Notre Dame Exoneration Project, a student-run organization that worked on four cases during this past academic year.
One of those cases is making news. Again, it involves Elkhart – a city of roughly 50,000 people located a half-hour’s drive from Notre Dame’s campus.
Slosar filed a petition today in Elkhart County Circuit Court to vacate judgment in the murder conviction of Andrew Royer, a man who says police exploited his intellectual disability to coerce him into making a false confession in 2003. The Notre Dame Exoneration Project is listed on the petition, which includes several statements from police officers who support Royer’s claims of innocence. In the petition, Slosar acknowledges three Notre Dame Law students – Molly Campbell, Paula Cardona, and Alyssa Slaimen – for their important contributions to the case.
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