As an overworked public defender in the 1980s, Kathleen ┐Cookie┐ Ridolfi struggled to convince the public that there were innocent prisoners wasting away in jail cells or awaiting execution. That was before she became familiar with deoxyribonucleic acid. Now she is a national proponent of DNA testing to reverse wrongful convictions. With a budget well under $1 million, a handful of lawyers and law students, the Northern California Innocence Project has secured the release of three prisoners in two years.
One Tough Cookie
June 16, 2004
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