Barry Scheck Biography
Barry Scheck (Barry Charles Scheck) is an American lawyer. Scheck received national media attention while serving on O.J. Simpson’s defense team, collectively dubbed the “Dream Team”, helping to win an acquittal in the highly publicized murder case.
He is the director of the Innocence Project and a professor at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.
Barry Scheck Age
Barry was born on September 19, 1949, in Queens, New York, United States. He is 73 years old as of 2022.
Barry Scheck Height
Scheck stands at an estimated height of about 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Barry Scheck Family
Scheck was born in Queens, New York to his loving parents, ot much is know about his mother but his father. George served as a manager for singers and musicians.
Barry Scheck Wife
Scheck is married to Dorothy Rick and together the couple has a daughter, Olivia Morgan Scheck who is an actress.
Barry Scheck Salary
Schecks earns an estimated salary of about $50000 to $100000 annually.
Barry Scheck Net Worth
His net worth is estimated to be around $1million to $5million.
Barry Scheck Education
Scheck graduated from the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York in 1967. He then went on to receive a B.A. from Yale University in 1971 (majoring in Economics and American Studies) and a Master of City Planning (M.C.P.) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974.
Barry Scheck Cases he defended
In 1987, Scheck was the personal lawyer for the Hedda Nussbaum case. Scheck both defended her and assisted in getting the charges against her dropped, while also assisting in ensuring Joel Steinberg’s arrest and suing him in the civil case Nussbaum vs. Steinberg.
He was part of the team that defended O. J. Simpson in his 1995 trial. He was also associated with the clearing in 1999 of Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz who had spent 11 years in prison of wrongful murder convictions. Scheck was lead lawyer who defended British au pair Louise Woodward in her 1997 murder trial.
More recently, Scheck served as attorney of the wrongly accused Duke University lacrosse player Reade Seligmann to represent him in a civil lawsuit filed on October 5, 2007 against the city of Durham, North Carolina, and its former district attorney, Mike Nifong.
Scheck also was responsible for clearing Dennis Halstead, John Restivo, and John Kogut after 18 years in prison for the 1985 Lynbrook rape and murder of Theresa Fusco, when DNA evidence proved them innocent and implicated others.
Barry Scheck Innocence Project
He co-founded the Innocence Project in 1992 with Peter Neufeld, also his co-counsel on the O.J. Simpson defense team. The Project is dedicated to the utilization of DNA evidence as a means to exculpate individuals of crimes for which they were wrongfully convicted. To date, 362 wrongful convictions have been overturned by DNA testing thanks to the Project and other legal organizations.
The Innocence Project does not use legal technicalities to challenge convictions; the Project accepts only cases in which newly discovered scientific evidence can potentially prove that a convicted person is factually innocent.
He is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he established the first Innocence Project. Scheck is Director of Clinical Education for the Trial Advocacy Program and the Center for the Study of Law and Ethics, and a former staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York.
From 2004–2005, Scheck served as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 1996, Scheck received the Robert C. Heeney Award, the “NACDL’s most prestigious award… given annually to the one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association, and the legal profession” They get thousands of letters from wrongly convicted inmates every year.
Barry Scheck Book
- 2000: Actual Innocence