Sunday, September 24, 2006
Santa Clara University Law School will be hosting a Snitch Testimony Conference with Santa Clara County District Attorney George Kennedy, Exoneree Gloria Killian, and CrimProf Jerry Uelmen leading the discussion on October 4, 2006.
Gloria Killian was released from prison on 8/8/02 after serving more than 16 years on a sentence of 32 years to life for a crime that she did not commit. Throughout her trial and incarceration she always maintained her innocence. In March 2002 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that her conviction was based solely on perjured testimony and overturned her conviction. Snitch testimony figured prominently in Ms. Killian’s case. Ms. Killian is now the Executive Director of her own non-profit organization, the Action Committee for Women in Prison (ACWIP).
Professor Uelmen did indigent criminal defense work at Georgetown while earning a LL.M. degree. In 1970, he joined the faculty of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he taught Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Legal Ethics, and Counseling and Negotiation. He also served as associate dean for two years and maintained an active part-time criminal defense practice, participating in the defense of Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers trial and successfully challenging the murder conviction of Gordon Castillo Hall. He served as dean at Santa Clara from 1986 to 1994. In 1994–95, he served on the defense team for the trial of People v. O.J. Simpson. Professor Uelmen was recently named Executive Director of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice. More Info. . . [Mark Godsey]