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Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free

Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Program Fee:
Free for Members | $15 Non-Members

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In his new book, entitled Why The Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free, and Other Paradoxes of our Broken Legal System, federal judge Jed S. Rakoff examines why innocent people plead guilty, why high-level executives aren’t prosecuted, why defendants don’t get their day in court, and why the judiciary is curtailing its own constitutionally mandated power. To discuss these issues and potential reforms, this panel features four speakers who have each served in multiple key roles throughout the criminal justice system, including as judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys.

Telemachus Kasulis, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello 

Hon. Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York 
Hon. Zachary Carter, Former Corporation Counsel for New York City; Former U.S. Attorney, EDNY; and  Former Magistrate Judge , EDNY and Criminal Court Judge, NYC 
Insha Rahman, Vice President of Advocacy and Partnerships,  Vera institute of Justice; Former public defender 

Sponsoring Committee:
Criminal Advocacy, Brian A. Jacobs, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees:

Federal Courts,  Harry Sandick, Chair
Mass Incarceration Task Force, Sean Hecker, Chair

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