The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the investigation, litigation and exoneration of the wrongfully convicted, is organizing a fundraising event on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The Jonathan W. McConnell Law Firm is sponsoring the Kansas City, Missouri event, Faces of Innocence, that will feature a dinner and auction.
Defense attorney Jonathan W. McConnell and his law firm have provided ongoing support to MIP and are equally committed to exonerating the wrongfully convicted. One of McConnell’s former clients recently organized another MIP event where he was recognized for surviving the painful experience of being wrongfully accused.
“In that moment, my life’s work felt completely validated,” McConnell said.
McConnell was also recognized at the event for his aggressive defense of the client. In 2016, the young man’s family hired McConnell, who then utilized private investigators, medical experts and even an anonymous letter to form the defense that resulted in the dismissal of charges.
“I owe my life and my freedom to Mr. McConnell and his amazing staff,” the former client said. “I 100 percent believe that I would be in jail or still waiting on my trial if I had any other attorney.”
McConnell’s former client was so inspired by McConnell’s work that he has used his experience as a catalyst to help others and plans to attend law school.
The upcoming event will be in the Muehlebach Tower at the Marriott from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. This year, exoneree Ryan Ferguson, who recently hosted MTV’s Unlocking the Truth, will emcee and Anthony Ray Hinton will be the special guest speaker.
Hinton served 30 years on Alabama’s death row despite evidence that he was working miles away at the time of the crime. The United States Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2015. Since then, he has been featured on 60 Minutes and has traveled around the world speaking about wrongful convictions.