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USC Law Student Fights For Woman's Parole After 30 Years, Launches 'FreeConnie.com'

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LAist recently met Elliot Darvick, the 'technical guru' behind the FreeConnie.com campaign launched by Adam Reich, a 25-year-old, second year law-student at USC. As the name implies, the fight is to free Connie Keel, a woman who has been imprisoned for 30 years for a crime she did not commit.

In 1980 she stayed in a car paralyzed in fear while her abusive husband and his cousin made a spur of the moment decision to rob a liquor store and shoot the clerk. Though Ms. Keel did not commit the actual robbery or murder, she is still behind bars.

Reich first met Connie in May 2008 though USC Law School’s Post-Conviction Justice Project, "a clinical program that affords students litigation and representation experience, and provides pro bono representation to women incarcerated for parolable terms". In October 2008, thanks to Reich's hard work, the state recommended Connie for parole. Her case is now on the Governor's desk, and he has 23 days to decide to uphold her parole or keep her in prison. Reich and Darvick have been working endlessly to get the word out about Connie's case, as public outcry could be a driving factor behind Schwarzenegger's decision. LAist had the chance to talk to Reich and learn more about his involvement with the case, why Connie's case is so important and why we must take action to help 'Free Connie'.