Website Search
ID 15035

The Innocence Project, Marvin Anderson

Interviewee: Marvin Anderson. On February 28, 2003, Marvin Anderson spoke at a function celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA. (DNAi Location: Applications > Human identification > Innocence > DNA and the Innocence Project)
I am happy to be here tonight on this special 50th anniversary to talk to you all about how DNA evidence has changed my life. Because of DNA evidence, my innocence was finally proven. It is one thing to know that I was innocent of a terrible crime. I spent days and years behind bars thinking about the day when a miracle would happen, I would prove my innocence. All that time in prison really has made me appreciate my life and the precious hours of each day. There are many things that we take for granted. There are very few things that I take for granted now. I really thought that my freedom would happen in another lifetime. I thought I would spend the rest of my life in prison. DNA evidence has helped to set free hundreds of others like me who were wrongly accused. I would like to thank Mr. Barry Scheck, Mr. Peter Neufeld and all the staff at the Innocence Project, which is based right here in New York City at Cardozo School of Law, for taking up my cause. The one thing that the DNA revolution in the criminal justice system has taught us over the last decade is that there are more innocent people in jail than we ever thought. I stand here today as a product of all the research and good work that all of you are doing with DNA. I am just one example of how research helps. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
peter neufeld,dna revolution,innocence project,barry scheck,criminal justice system,dna evidence,structure of dna,location applications,precious hours,dnai,50th anniversary,bottom of my heart,free hundreds,last decade,interviewee,innocent people in jail,life in prison,rest of my life,marvin,many things
Creative Commons License This work by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

Related content:

15580. Marvin Anderson
Marvin Anderson was exonerated through the efforts of the Innocence Project using DNA profiling data.
15586. Innocence Project
Innocence Project logo. For more information about the Innocence Project, visit their web site
15581. Dr. Paul Ferrara
In 2001, Dr. Paul Ferrara, Director of the Virginia Division of Forensic Science, located some swabs from the rape kit, which were left in the lab notebook of the original forensic scientist assigned to Marvin Anderson's case. Using this sample, the Inno
15112. Establishing innoncence using DNA, Alec Jeffreys
Alec Jeffreys talks about establishing innoncence using DNA.
15049. GeneChip™ technology, Stephen Fodor
Stephen Fodor talks about bringing the knowledge gathered by the Human Genome Project to the individual researcher.
15451. Linus Pauling's incorrect model of the DNA structure, James Watson
James Watson describes the triple helix model proposed by Linus Pauling.
15333. Linus Pauling' s manuscript describing incorrect triple helix, Peter Pauling
In 1952, Peter Pauling was a student at Cambridge when his father, Linus, sent him a paper proposing that DNA was a triple helix. James (Jim) Watson eagerly read the paper and realized that Pauling got it wrong.
15103. The first DNA fingerprint, Alec Jeffreys
Alec Jeffreys talks about making his first DNA fingerprint.
15136. Attempting the impossible at Asilomar, Victor McElheny
Former science journalist Victor McElheny talks about the impossible task of reconciling science and society in a week.
16957. 100 Years of Corn Research at CSHL
The Maize Genome Project is the culmination of a century of maize research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory that began with George Shull and continued with Nobel Laureate Barbara McClintock.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
CSHL HomeAbout CSHLResearchEducationPublic EventsNewsstandPartner With UsGiving