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James Calvin Tillman, Unjustly Imprisoned for 18 Years, To Speak Oct. 9

James Calvin Tillman, who served more than 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, will take part in a panel discussion about his case Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Yale Law School.  The panel, “18 ½ Years to Exoneration,” is open to the public.  It will be held in Room 120 from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m.

Also joining in the discussion will be Karen Goodrow, director of the Connecticut Innocence Project, which investigated Tillman’s case and helped prove his innocence. Yale Law School Professor Steven Duke ’61 will moderate.

Tillman was convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman in Hartford in 1988 based largely on the testimony of the victim, who had picked out his photo and then identified him in court as the rapist. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison.  Tillman rejected a plea bargain, insisting he was innocent.  In 2006, he was set free when new forensic tests showed evidence from the victim’s clothing did not match his DNA.