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Bill Easton appointed Richard Wilbern’s capital defender Wednesday

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Easton was brought onboard as Wilbern’s capital defender Wednesday. Easton said a federal death penalty prosecution is extremely rare. He added it’s a good sign local prosecutors expedited the review, saying it could mean they don’t feel it’s a capital crime, but regardless, Easton said his work starts now. “I’ll defend him as if his life were at issue, which it is,” Easton said. Read the TWC News article...

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Robert Forbes Jr., represented by Larry Kasperek, found not guilty of August 2012 homicide

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Forbes was charged with second-degree murder almost two years after the homicide. . . . Forbes’ attorney, Lawrence Kasperek, said there was no physical evidence against Forbes, only testimony from individuals who claimed Forbes admitted the crime to them. Kasperek said he thinks the jury did not find them credible. *  *  *  * “They had no objective evidence whatsoever connecting my guy to the crime,” said Kasperek, of the Easton, Thompson, Kasperek, Shiffrin...

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Rochester City Court Judge dismisses resisting arrest charge lodged against defendant, represented by ETKS associate Danielle Wild

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Following a pre-trial hearing, Rochester City Court Judge Ellen Yacknin agreed with defense counsel (ETKS associate Danielle Wild) that law enforcement had no lawful basis to detain, let alone arrest, the defendant.  In a decision issued August 31st, Judge Yacknin wrote, “Sergeant Leckinger lacked the reasonable suspicion of criminality necessary to forcibly detain defendant when he did so. Accordingly, any evidence that the police seized or observed as a result of defendant’s unlawful detention,...

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Innocence Project Exoneree Freddie Peacock awarded $6.2M for Wrongful Imprisonment

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Freddie Peacock, an Innocence Project exoneree and client of Neufeld Scheck & Brustin and ETKS, was awarded $6.2 million for his wrongful imprisonment. Western District Judge Michael Telesca said the same fragile mental state that made Freddie Peacock ill-equipped to fight the rape allegations against him when they were first brought in the mid-1970s also made it particularly difficult for him to serve time as a reputed sex offender in a maximum-security state prison....

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Podcast: Burden Of Proof With Don Thompson

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“In this podcast, MyCase’s Legal Technology Evangelist, Niki Black, talks to Don about his career and many successes, including a few of the wrongful convictions he’s worked to overturn. He also shares a few war stories from trenches and offers tips for young lawyers and law students interested in pursuing a career path similar to his.” Download the podcast...

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Partner Bill Easton walked Rachael Casey out of prison

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With the assistance of the Cornell Law School Innocence Clinic, partner Bill Easton was able to walk Rachel Casey out of prison last week.  Casey was convicted of arson and murder in connection with a fire that killed her infant daughter.  Her appeal was based primarily on a lack of scientific evidence to back the arson claim. In 2012, Casey’s lawyers argued in Steuben County Court that the conviction should be voided because the original court-appointed defense...

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