The unit will consider re-investigating cases where a person who was convicted in Fulton County claims they are innocent, were sentenced unfairly or if justice wasn’t served for some other reason. To decide which cases to take up, the unit has an eight member panel to review applications. The members are: three Fulton prosecutors, a defense attorney, an attorney from the Georgia Innocence Project, a local minister, an attorney or administrator from a local college or law school and an attorney from the Georgia chapter of the NAACP.
The goal of tonight’s event is to commemorate the unit’s creation, as well as to host speakers who will tell about why the unit is necessary. The event may also serve as a conspicuous signal that Howard’s office is committed to the unit.