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AM Law Daily, December 15, 2011

Cleary Team One Step Closer to Winning Ex-Death Row Inmate's Freedom

In a pro bono victory for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton lawyers, a Tennessee appeals court has vacated the 1985 felony murder conviction of former death row inmate Erskine Johnson and remanded his case for a new trial. The decision – issued on December 9 by the Tennessee Criminal Appeals Court in Jackson – was in large part the product of new evidence turned up by a Cleary team that over the past 15 years has spent at least 15,000 hours on the case while getting contributions from more than 25 of the firm’s lawyers…Cleary entered the case in 1995 after receiving a referral from the NAACP’s capital punishment unit and the New York City Bar Association.

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