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Diane Fanning Receives “Defenders of the Innocent Award” From Innocence Project

  Downstate Illinois Innocence Project at UIS Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary On Monday May 16th, from 5-7 p.m., the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project will celebrate its 10 year anniversary at the Inn at 835 So. Second Street. Four individuals will receive this year’s Defenders of the Innocent Awards:  U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill) for helping facilitate a Dept. of Justice grant (one of the largest grants in UIS’ history) that establishes a post-conviction DNA testing assistance program for prisoners seeking DNA evidence to prove actual innocence; former State Police Crime Scene investigator Alva Busch for his work exonerating Belleville resident Keith Harris; true crime author Diane Fanning, whose book about a Texas serial killer exonerated Julie Rea of Lawrenceville; and former State Police Investigation Commander Michale Callahan (author of Too Politically Sensitive) whose efforts to re-investigate a Paris, IL double murder case helped exonerate Herb Whitlock. “This will be a celebration for all those who have helped make the last ten years a success”, said Larry Golden, one of the founding members of the Project. …