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Steppin’ Out With the Innocence Project of Florida

Steppin' Out With the Innocence Project of FloridaFriday, April 5, 6pm-9pm – Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami Brickell

You are invited to attend Steppin’ Out With the Innocence Project of Florida, honoring Florida DNA exonerees -men who served 259 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, and their families, who lost their loved ones for decades.  Betty Anne Waters, whose life inspired the movie Conviction, with performance by William Michael Dillon, DNA exoneree and recording artist. The theme for this year is Wrongful Convictions: A Family Matter. They recognize the reality that wrongful convictions impact more than just those who were sent to prison. Not surprising, it can be devastating for the family – losing their son, brother or dad to a wrongful conviction, often for decades. Steppin’ Out will begin the evening with cocktails with the exonerees, special guests and award recipients followed by dinner and the program. Throughout the evening they will highlight the inspiring stories of the 13 Florida DNA exonerees, pay tribute to their families, and present the Frank Lee Smith Innocence Award to Ms. Betty Anne Waters, whose true story inspired the movie Conviction. You’ll hear from Ms. Waters how her brother’s wrongful conviction significantly altered her life.  This event is privileged to have William Michael Dillon, Florida DNA exoneree and recording artist, with them for the evening. He will perform several original songs that were written during his wrongful imprisonment. General admission is $200 and  Judges, Public Interest Lawyer and Student are $150.