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Monday, May 1, 2017
USC Gould’s Post-Conviction Justice Project is celebrating three major victories
By Gilien Silsby
Law students in USC Gould’s Post-Conviction Justice Project (PCJP) recently celebrated three major victories after hard-fought battles in Superior Court, and before parole boards and district attorneys.
|For more than 30 years, USC's PCJP has helped deserving clients seek freedom. Client Hilda Riggs was welcomed home in 2014.|
Law students successfully persuaded a Sacramento County Superior Court to impose a parole-eligible sentence on Dwayne Thomas DeLuna, a client sentenced to life without possibility of parole as a 17-year-old boy.
"The students handled all aspects of the hearing – from opening statements and closing arguments to the testimony of witnesses, experts, and the client," said Heidi Rummel, co-director of PCJP. "In the end, they successfully persuaded the court to reduce the life without parole sentence and provide an opportunity for the client to one day earn his release on parole through demonstrated change and rehabilitation. We are very proud of our studnets for their dedication and hard work."
|PCJP students represent clients in court and at parole hearings. In 2014, they appeared in court with client, Mary Jones, who was released after serving 32 years for crimes committed by her batterer|
|PCJP is directed by Profs. Michael Brennan (pictured) and Heidi Rummel.|
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