Posted: February 12th, 2015
The Wake Forest Law Innocence and Justice Clinic was profiled on Fox 8′s 5 o’clock news on Tuesday, February 12th. The Clinic evaluates claims of innocence by North Carolina prisoners. It has reviewed close to 500 cases in the five years that it has been around – looking to free those that truly do not belong there. They only accept cases where the students and Professor Mark Rabil, the Director of the Clinic, believe that the person is actually innocent. Professor Rabil said, “We’re not a ‘not guilty’ clinic, we are an innocence clinic.”
One of the men that the Clinic has decided to help, Norman Satterfield, is profiled in the piece. Two students, 3L Ashley Brompton and 2L Dawnelle Grace, are working diligently on the case, and each Clinic student contributes their thoughts and impressions on it.
In Mr. Satterfield’s case, there are issues of race, eyewitness identification, the possibility of DNA evidence, and the possibility that evidence was not turned over (which the Clinic has discovered was in fact the case). The issues in the case are similar to the issues present in the case of Darryl Hunt, who was exonerated in 2004 due in part to the hard work and never-ending dedication of his attorney, Mark Rabil. Those involved with the Clinic have a belief that Satterfield has a very strong case. The possibility of DNA evidence is especially exciting. Professor Rabil explained the importance of DNA in his interview- “DNA is the most significant development in the history of American criminal law,” he stated.
In his interview, Mr. Satterfield expressed his feelings on his future. “I know I didn’t do it,” he said. “I’m gonna keep praying, and asking God almighty, in my prayers every night, to open these doors and gates and let me walk out a free man.”
See the entire interview at: Focus Helping the Innocent