Advisors

Ron Keine

Ron Keine

Ron Keine has been an activist against the death penalty ever since he was 9 days away from being executed when the real murderer came forward and confessed. A biography can be found at Witness to Innocence. Ron is a sought after speaker against the death penalty. He has been on the Larry King Show, various radio talk shows and a 2007 PBS documentary highlights a speech he gave at Bluffton University.

With no death penalty in Michigan, Ron is excited about investing time with Proving Innocence and feels especially called to investigative work.

Ron lives in the Detroit area with his wife. You may email Ron by clicking here.

Herb Welser

Herb Welser

Herb was involved in Temujin Kensu's case and thoroughly believed in his innocence. He has been a regular advisor to PI, helping with investigations and helping us to secure other investigators.

Herb has been a licensed Michigan Professional Investigator since 2005.  He is retired from the Port Huron Police Department after 31 years of service.  His position at retirement was Detective Lieutenant.  Herb is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Staff & Command and is a member of the National Association of Legal Investigators & Michigan Council of Professional Investigators. You may email Herb by clicking here.

Berl Falbaum

Berl Falbaum

Veteran journalist and author Berl Falbaum was a political reporter for The Detroit News, administrative aide to Michigan‘s lieutenant governor, and worked 15 years in corporate PR before launching his own PR company. He was also an adjunct member of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University for 45 years. He is the author of nine books and one play.

He has recently finished his first book about a wrongful conviction, scheduled to be released in October 2017.

You may contact Berl by clicking here.

Julie Baumer

Julie Baumer

Julie Baumer is a Michigan exoneree whose case centers on debunking the myths about Shaken Baby Syndrome. Julie was convicted in 2005 of child abuse stemming from injuries sustained by her infant nephew while he was under her care. Other possible causes of the injury to the infant were unexplored, and Julie was convicted. Julie's attorney failed to look into and present evidence that the child had sustained injuries from natural causes.

Julie's prior attorneys showed the baby's brain scans to some of the world's leading experts in pediatric head injuries, and those experts unanimously agreed that the baby had suffered a stroke and had not been abused. Faced with this new evidence, the judge overturned Julie's conviction, and she was released from prison in December 2009 after four years of wrongful incarceration. The Clinic defended the judge's decision against the prosecution's appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court, and both courts denied the prosecution's appeal.

Still refusing to give up, the prosecution elected to try Julie again. A lengthy re-trial was held in the fall of 2010, and the Innocence Clinic, along with Carl Marlinga, a defense attorney who was formerly the elected prosecutor of Macomb County, represented Julie. Experts from across the country were called in and left no doubt that the injuries to the child, while tragic, were certainly not caused by abuse. Julie was found not guilty and officially exonerated on October 15, 2010.

Metro Times: When innocence is pink
Innocence Blog: Michigan woman cleared in shaken baby case

If you would like to contact Julie, you can do so by clicking here.

Greta Zalman

Greta Zalman

Greta Zalman is an attorney who has generously contributed her time and effort in establishing Proving Innocence as a non-profit corporation. She assisted the Board of Directors in obtaining 501(c)(3) status and continues to advise us on matters of compliance with legal requirements. 

You may email Greta by clicking here.

Dr. Marvin Zalman

Dr. Marvin Zalman

Professor Zalman came to Wayne State University in 1980 as chair of the then new Criminal Justice Department. He previously taught at the Criminal Justice Department at Michigan State University and in the law faculty at Ahmadu Bello University in northern Nigeria. His work in constitutional criminal procedure focuses on the limits of state power and individual liberty. His textbook/case book, Criminal Procedure: Constitution and Society, 6th edition (Prentice Hall 2011) integrates legal, social scientific, and criminal justice policy approaches. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals: Criminal Law Bulletin, Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Crime & Justice and Justice System Journal. He is listed in Who's Who in American Law (14th edition, 2005-2006) and Who's Who in America (60th edition, 2006).

Dr. Zalman has directed nine master’s thesis on wrongful convictions subject matter, published in more than twenty-five academic journals, participated or led in at least twenty-four funded research/scholarly projects and presented papers and led seminars both nationally and internationally. His most recent book is Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform: Making Justice. You may write Dr. Zalman here.

Ken Wyniemko

Ken Wyniemko

On June 17th, 2003, Ken was the second person in Michigan and  the 129th person in the United States to be exonerated by DNA testing. Follow this link for an in-depth account of his case.
Since his release, he has been a tireless advocate for criminal justice reforms and has traveled across the country, speaking at law schools and anywhere he can get the public to listen to his message.
He has received many awards as a result of his efforts. In 2003, I was named to the Board of Commissioners of The Innocence Project at Thomas M.Cooley Law School in Lansing, which played a major part of his exoneration. He also serves on the board of PI and advises the Michigan Innocence Clinic whenever called upon. In 2005, he was named an honorary member of The Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan for his work on behalf of helping new exonerees get their lives back. In 2006, an Emmy was awarded for a documentary film that highlighted his case. In  2008, he was given the Allene and Martin Doctorff Liberty Bell Award from the Oakland County Bar Association for his continued efforts to educate the public about the serious problems in our justice system. He has been a special guest on the Mitch Albom radio program and has also been a featured guest in Richard Bernstein's  "Fighting for Justice" portion of the Angelo Henderson radio show. PI recorded these programs with commercials edited out and can be downloaded here.

You may contact Ken by email by clicking here.