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Schuster Institute Founding Director Florence Graves has just been named the new chair of the I.F. Stone Medal selection committee. This committee chooses the winner of the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, an award presented annually by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and its Nieman Watchdog Project. Read more here.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Watch our video! A wedding, an anniversary & a civil rights lawsuit: On the one-year anniversary of his June 15, 2015, exoneration, Angel Echavarría filed a civil rights lawsuit. After 21 years in prison, Echavarría is enjoying spending time with his new wife and five adult children — and he is seeking compensation for his long ordeal. Read more here.
George D. Perrot's 24-year-old rape conviction was overturned Jan. 26 and he was freed Feb. 10. On Feb. 23, prosecutors appealed the judge's decision granting a new trial. The Schuster Institute has been investigating Perrot's claims of innocence since October 2011.Read more about the case.