About the Docuseries

Synopsis

 In the Spring 2018 semester, 16 Georgetown University undergraduate students took action in a course led by award winning Georgetown Professor Marc Howard and 2008 Exoneree and Adjunct Professor Martin Tankleff. The students focused on four cases of wrongfully convicted people who are incarcerated. The students documented their potential exonerees in a docu-drama style series consisting of interviews with each person, their families, lawyers, witnesses, and experts in various field related to wrongful convictions. Howard and Tankleff worked closely with the students—providing their experience, expertise, and support throughout this emotional journey. Imagine spending every day in an 8x10 cell for a crime you didn’t commit, hoping that someone will take an interest in your case and help prove your innocence. The Georgetown students have represented the opportunity to tell these stories, make the case for exoneration, and generate public attention to correct these egregious miscarriages of justice. The potential exonerees have shared their harrowing stories, and the Georgetown students—and this series—are their voice.

Producer/Director Team

Rob Dorfmann and Cindy Dorfmann are an award winning producing team with extensive experience in the true crime genre.  Together they produced the critically acclaimed two hour documentary "My Uncle is the Green River Killer" for LMN, and the Marty Tankleff episode on "The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas" for Discovery ID in 2017.  Rob executive produced "Crime 360" and was one of the original producers of "Lock Up" on MSNBC.  Dorfmann is one of the few producers to ever interview Charles Manson.  Cindy also went to high school with Marc and Marty and recalls the tragic events that led to Marty's arrest.

The Professors

Marc Howard and Marty Tankleff have been friends since childhood, and now they are teaming up to fight wrongful convictions as professors at Georgetown University. Marc is a professor of Government and Law at Georgetown. He first became involved with fighting wrongful convictions when he became involved in the case of his friend, Marty Tankleff, who had been convicted of the murder of his parents. Marty spent more than 17 years battling to overturn his conviction before he was exonerated in 2008. Marty is now an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he and Marc are working with students to fight wrongful convictions.

Notable Supporters

Jason Flom

CEO of Lava Records, and host of the Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom podcast. Flom is a founding board member of the Innocence Project, and has supported Making an Exoneree in various ways throughout the Spring 2018 semester, including a personal appearance in the class, and hosting an episode of Wrongful Conviction about the case of John Moss III.

John Grisham

Bestselling author, attorney, and activist best known for writing legal thrillers. Grisham has been published around the world in more than 40 languages. John Grisham delved into wrongful conviction work in his writing career, documenting the conviction, and later exoneration by DNA evidence, of Ronald Williamson in The Innocent Man

Barry Pollack

Criminal defense attorney and corporate investigator at the law firm of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber. Pollack has represented a number of high-profile clients in criminal proceedings, and has had extensive experience and success in jury trials. Pollack has won several exonerations for his clients, including working on the pro bono team that freed Marty Tankleff.

Barry Scheck

Founder, Innocence Project.

Barry Scheck is the co-founder of the Innocence Project, and has successfully defended a number of high-profile clients in criminal trials. Scheck also served on the legal team that won the exoneration of Professor Marty Tankleff.