Sunday, January 16, 2005

Recipe for springing an innocent convict

Here's the recipe used by a big-time New York law firm to spring Ernest Willis, an innocent man, from Texas Death Row:

Years of appeals: 9

Hours: 8,431 (including staff and paralegal time)

Lawyers: 32 (including summer associates)

Expenses: About $3 million

Trips to Texas: 14

Outside Experts: 6

Visits to Death Row: 4

Mix together well with one vindictive prosecutor, one pig-headed appellate court, and one ethical federal judge. Bake at 400 degrees for 17 years. Best served up with a side of crow.

Check out the fine story in the American Lawyer for details. Via Howard Bashman

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