PULSE - Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence

Justice Delayed: Craig Coley, Det. Michael Bender, and The Freeing of an Innocent Man Who Served 39 Years in Prison

Join PULSE for a lunch talk with Craig Coley and Detective Michael Bender. Luch will be provided to those who RSVP on MyLaw.

Craig Coley spent 39 years in California state prisons after he was wrongly convicted of a double murder. Detective Michael Bender spent 28 years trying to reopen his case after retiring from the department that put him away.  Det. Bender provided the department with the information needed to locate missing evidence, and ultimately the city and county proved that Mr. Coley was factually innocent. He was released from prison in 2017.

What went wrong?
  What is it like to serve 39 years in prison for a crime you didn't commit?  How did Det. Bender become interested enough in the case to devote nearly three decades to it?  Why wasn't the evidence he uncovered offered at the time of Mr. Coley's trial?  Mr. Coley and Det. Bender will discuss these and other questions at a lunch presentation on Thursday March 19 in Room 1447.