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WVU law school opens Innocence Project clinic

Oct. 13, 2012 @ 10:39 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A new legal clinic at the West Virginia University is hoping to help prisoners fight wrongful convictions.

The Morgantown university's law school has opened the West Virginia University Innocence Project. The clinic is affiliated with a national organization of criminal defense lawyers.

As the WVU clinic's director, Valena Beety will handle the bulk of the casework. The clinic's four law students will screen applicants for the program.

The Charleston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/RlIAHA) that clinic has been reaching out to prisons, public defender offices and other place for leads on potential cases.

Officials say that the clinic will evaluate whether to take a case based on the credibility of the applicant and whether there is likely to be evidence that would conclusively point to exoneration.