Professor Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project (CIP) at California Western School of Law, appeared on Megyn Kelly Today this morning on NBC. Alongside CIP exoneree Brian Banks, Brooks discussed the California Innocence Project's ongoing work to free wrongfully convicted individuals, just as they had done for Banks in 2012.
CIP and the Brian Banks' Case
Facing a potential 40 years-to-life sentence, 17-year-old Brain Banks pleaded no contest to one count and served five years in prison, destroying his chance to go to college and play football. He then faced a lengthy probationary period and a lifetime as a registered sex offender.
Nearly a decade after his conviction, the accuser recanted her statements and has acknowledged that she fabricated the whole story. In its first post-release case, the California Innocence Project presented evidence of Banks' innocence to the original trial judge, and in May 2012 Banks was exonerated of all charges—free to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.
Banks currently serves as co-host of the television show Final Appeal, which examines the state of wrongful convictions in the U.S.
To view the entire interview with Justin Brooks and Brian Banks, visit: https://www.today.com/video/wrongfully-jailed-for-rape-as-a-teen-he-now-helps-others-falsely-convicted-1131780163770.