Barry C. Scheck

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Barry C. Scheck is an American lawyer and a professor of law at Benjamin Cardozo Law School. He is best known for his expertise with DNA evidence, both in defending criminal defendants at trial and in proving that prisoners were innocent of the crimes of which they were convicted, sometimes because suitable DNA testing was beyond the technology at the time, and sometimes because it just was not performed. To facilitate that work, he co-founded the Innocence Project at Cardozo in 1992.

He was also noted for serving on the defense team at the O. J. Simpson murder trial, where Simpson won a controversial acquittal.

Books by

  • Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution, and Other Dispatches From the Wrongly Convicted, by Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld, and Jim Dwyer [ISBN 038549341X (2000 hardback)]
  • Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong and How to Make it Right, by Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld, and Jim Dwyer [ISBN 0451209826 (2003 paperback)]