After the recent exoneration of Floyd Bledsoe and the popularity of Netflix documentary “Making A Murderer”, nearly 1,000 guests packed a sold-out ballroom at the Marriott Downtown for a powerfully moving benefit for the Midwest Innocence Project.

Attendees heard emotional speeches from Bledsoe and emcee Brian Banks, along with a heartfelt keynote speech delivered by Jarrett Adams. Adams was exonerated after serving 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit; Adams graduated from Loyola Law School and completed a split-clerkship with Judge Deborah Batts at the Southern District of New York and Judge Ann Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Seventh Circuit—the very judge who ordered his release. Most recently, he joined The Innocence Project as a Post-Conviction Litigation Fellow. The evening also included a VIP cocktail party; silent, live and “fund-a-need” auctions; and a breathtaking live vocal performance.

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