Partner James Schropp noted for pro bono representation of death-row inmate Max Soffar, <i>Texas Lawyer</i>,

Partner James Schropp noted for pro bono representation of death-row inmate Max Soffar, Texas Lawyer, ""Pro Bono Win"

The "Inadmissable" column in the May 3rd Texas Lawyer, under the heading "Pro Bono Win," noted that a "team of attorneys from Washington, D.C.'s Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson [LLP] has won a reversal of a Texas death row inmate's conviction...on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel, ordering him released from prison unless he undergoes a new trial within 120 days of the date the opinion was issued. A spokesman with the Texas Office of the Attorney General says the state will ask the full court to rehear the case. Soffar was convicted of a 1980 armed robbery in Houston that left three people dead. Soffar confessed to the police, according to the opinion, but his appellate attorneys say Soffar fabricated the confession thinking he could trade information to avoid going to prison for an unrelated crime - stealing a motorcycle. Soffar's appellate attorneys contended that Soffar's trial counsel, the late Joe Cannon of Houston, failed to interview the surviving witness of the crime and failed to challenge the police ballistics tests in the case, prejudicing Soffar's ability to get a fair trial....'The facts make the case,' says James H. Schropp, a corporate partner in Fried Frank who led Soffar's appellate team. The firm donated more than $1 million in time and expenses to the case."

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