The Midwest Innocence Project and 48 Hours to Host Panel Discussion on Ferguson Case

The Midwest Innocence Project and 48 Hours are hosting a Panel Discussion on the Ryan Ferguson case on Monday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Thompson Courtroom.

The evening will begin with a showing of the most recent 48 Hours coverage of the Ferguson case. For those who are not familiar with the case, the video and information from the panelists will quickly get you up to speed with the events of the crime, investigation, trial and post-conviction matters.

There will be several panelists including: Erin Moriarty (48 Hours Correspondent), Kathleen Zellner (Ryan’s current counsel), Valerie Leftwich (Public Defender’s office), Hon. J.D. Williamson (retired judge), Charles Rogers (Ryan’s trial counsel), Laura O’Sullivan (Midwest Innocence Project), and an Independence Police officer. The discussion’s moderator will be Prof. Edward Cantu.

Students and audience members will be encouraged to ask questions of the panelists via text message, Facebook and Twitter throughout the discussion.

Please feel free to invite anyone you think might be interested including family and non- law school friends.

For information, please visit our Facebook Event Page.

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10 Responses to The Midwest Innocence Project and 48 Hours to Host Panel Discussion on Ferguson Case

  1. Rita Drago says:

    Will there be a webcast of the event for those who cannot attend?

  2. Marilyn says:

    Why is the recanting of the original evidence stated by Erickson (?) and the security guard that Ryan was involved in this murder not considered new evidence? Is his former atty who is now a judge too biased to admit they were wrong? And a BIG thank you to 48 Hours for their continued coverage of Ryan’s case. God bless you Ryan for hanging in there. You will get justice. You have to.

  3. Kerry Chubb says:

    Wish I could attend…..will be watching via link.

    Kerry Chubb
    Severna Park, MD 21146

  4. Maureen says:

    Maybe finally this will be the key into getting Ryan freed. Enough is enough; it is so obvious that he is innocent that no reasonable person can deny it. Wake up, Missouri.

  5. Nellie Symm Gruender says:

    Can you tell me where the Thompson Courtroom is please?

    • mcginnitys says:

      The E.E. “Tom” Thompson Courtroom is located on the Ground Floor of UMKC School of Law, 500 East 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.

  6. Susan Sapp says:

    I have just viewed the entire panel discussion and applaud all of the participants and attendees for doing their very best to open the eyes of the public. Living many states away attending would have been impossible, but I truly believe nearly all of the issues in this case which should have made a different ending were covered.

    I do, though, believe from my own research that there were other issues concerning Kent Heitholt and his interaction in previous times may have some interest for the public and the courts. Even though his life should not have ended this way in any logical thought, there are many in the background . The spilling over of this information may increase investigation by people who “just want to know”. This is not to incriminate any part of the Heitholt family, but would certainly open some eyes as to how differently it could have gone if the Columbia Police Department had been doing its job.

    I personally challenge all of the students attending this panel discussion to look further into this ghastly hole of injustice America carries and help to bring more into the judicial system in the future.

  7. Nikki says:

    can someone please tell me what happened. just saw this and its over. I hope Ryan is a free man.
    thank you.

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