Wrongly convicted of rape following his junior year of high school, Brian Banks traded dreams of college football (he'd commited to playing for Pete Carroll at USC) for a prison cell, serving five years behind bars and another five on parole.
With the help of the California Innocence Project, Banks' conviction was overturned and he renewed his focus on a football career. Seahawks fans may remember him taking part in mini-camp at Coach Carroll's invitation. He didn't win a spot on the team, but certainly gained a lot of admirers for his hard work and positive attitude.
Brian is in Seattle to help celebrate Innocence Project Northwest's 15th anniversary. He joined Margaret to talk about his path to reclaim his life and dreams of a career in pro football, which took a giant step forward when the Atlanta Falcons signed Brian to a contract this week! Attorney Anna Tolin from Innocence Project Northwest also joined the conversation, sharing how the group works, as well as how they decide which cases to pursue.
Innocence Project Northwest's 15th Anniversary Awards Dinner is tonight (Thursday, April 4) at Herban Feast in Seattle. The event begins with a reception at 6:00pm. Brian is the keynote speaker. For more information about Innocence Project Northwest, including how you volunteer and support opportunities, please click here. Find them on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter: @InnocenceNW