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POLI 203 Speakers Series: Dontae Sharpe and Theresa Newman
February 26, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
This session of the POLI 203 Speaker Series, organized by Frank R. Baumgartner, will feature Dontae Sharpe and Theresa Newman.
Mr. Sharpe was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a Greenville, NC murder he did not commit. He served 24 years in prison before he was released in August 209 based on recanted witness testimony and autopsy evidence showing that the original testimony could not have been true. Mr. Sharpe consistently refused to accept offers to plead guilty and receive a lesser sentence. Professor Newman is a leader of the Duke wrongful Convictions Clinic, which has been responsible for the exonerations of multiple individuals throughout the state of North Carolina.