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Innocence project leaders honored at U.Va.

Founders of the Innocence Project will receive the 2009 Thomas Jefferson Foundation medal in law.

Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld created the Innocence Project in 1992 as a nonprofit legal clinic in New York City, according to the U.Va. Web site. The organization advocates for post-conviction DNA testing to exonerate the wrongfully convicted and pushes for other reforms that might prevent future wrongful convictions.

The Innocence Project runds a network of clinics across the country, including one launched by the U.Va. law school in 2008.

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