Wrongful Convictions: Notre Dame Law students pursue exoneration cases in nearby Elkhart

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy

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Elliot Slosar was in a Zoom meeting in April with Notre Dame Law students working on a wrongful conviction case when he got a call asking him to pick up Andy Royer, whom a judge had just freed after 16 years in prison.

“The students watched me freak out,” said Slosar, a Chicago attorney and co-teacher of the Notre Dame Exoneration Justice Clinic. “Oh my God, we just won Andy’s trial. One of the students got to meet us at the jail with Professor Gurulé and Andy’s family. There are moments like that that you can’t recreate.”

Royer had been convicted of murder in the 2002 strangling of a 94-year-old woman who lived in his apartment building in Elkhart, a city of about 50,000 people a half hour’s drive from Notre Dame. Royer maintained that the police exploited his intellectual disability to coerce him into a false confession 10 months after the murder.

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Originally published by Brendan O'Shaughnessy at news.nd.edu on December 14, 2020.