September 22nd, 2010
NEIP exoneree Dennis Maher will be speaking at this year’s Red Mass, an annual event for the legal community in Maine. The Red Mass is held for all those involved in the administration of justice.
Maher was convicted in 1984 of two counts of sexual assault and one count attempted sexual assault in Ayer, MA. He spent 19 years in prison before DNA evidence exonerated him. Maher was an army sergeant before his arrest. He had a clean criminal record and was convicted without any physical evidence linking him to the crime. Maher was finally exonerated in 2003. He now lives in Tewksbery with his wife and two children.
Maher’s speech will be a departure from the normal Red Mass speakers, who are usually judges or prominent attorneys.