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“Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA”
9/27/2004 12:00 PM - 9/27/2004 1:00 PM
Kirk Bloodsworth

Please join Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, The Innocence Project of Minnesota, and Minnesotans Against the Death Penalty for Minnesota Advocates' Death Penalty Project's bi-monthly lunchtime speaker series:

"Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA"

presented by


Monday, September 27, 2004, 12:00-1:00 P.M.


Dorsey & Whitney
Seattle Room, 15th Floor
50 South Sixth Street
 Minneapolis, MN 55402

In March 1985, Kirk Bloodsworth was wrongfully convicted for the brutal killing and sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl. After serving eight years in prison, two of those on death row, Bloodsworth was released in June 1993, following DNA tests that excluded him from the crime. A new book, authored by attorney and novelist Tim Junkin, describes Bloodsworth's experience and raises provocative questions about the U.S. legal system and the death penalty. Bloodsworth and Junkin will discuss Bloodsworth's story, the importance of DNA testing, and the capital punishment system. This presentation is a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided. Application for one CLE credit will be made.


Kirk Bloodsworth's case became the first capital conviction in the United States to be overturned as a result of DNA testing. Bloodsworth, of Cambridge, Maryland, served over eight years in prison,
Author Tim Junkin
including two on death row, for the rape and murder of nine-year-old Dawn Hamilton. After years of fighting for a DNA test, evidence from the crime scene was tested and excluded Bloodsworth from the crime. Today, Bloodsworth is a crabber on the Maryland shore and owns his own workboat. He is an advisor for the Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform of The Justice Project and the Criminal Justice Reform Education Fund. Bloodsworth has been an ardent supporter of the Innocence Protection Act (IPA) since its introduction in Congress in February 2000. The IPA of 2003 would establish the "Kirk Bloodsworth Post-Conviction DNA Testing Program," a program that will help states defray the costs of post-conviction DNA testing.  

Tim Junkin is the author of two novels, Good Counsel (2000) and The Waterman (1999). Junkin's essays and reviews have been published in the Baltimore Sun,Washingtonian magazine, and Chesapeake Life magazine. In 2000, he received Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artist Award in Fiction. He graduated from the University of Marylanad with honors and from Georgetown University Law School. In 1977, he began his legal career as a public defender. He defended in several notable murder trials before becoming a national trial lawyer in private practice. He has taught at the Writers Center, Georgetown University, Harvard Law School, and American University, where he received its Adjunct Professor of the Year Award.

Please R.S.V.P. to Rose Park at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights by Friday, September 24th. Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 106 - Email: [email protected]