Panel Description: Brian Stolarz and Alfred Dewayne Brown will tell the heartbreaking and redemptive story of how Dewayne became the 154th death row exoneree in the US. Dewayne spent over 12 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and Brian was the attorney who ultimately set Dewayne free. Brian and Dewayne’s relationship has transformed from lawyer-client into a deep brotherhood that shows the power of faith, forgiveness, and perseverance
Dewayne’s case was riddled with injustice: prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective defense counsel, racial bias, corrupt police, and more. Sadly, these trends are all too common throughout the criminal justice system, especially in death penalty cases. Brian and Dewayne use their story as an example of why the death penalty needs to end in the United States and why the justice system is in desperate need of reform.