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

Partner James Schropp noted for pro bono representation of death-row inmate Max Soffar, Legal Times, "Overturned"

The "Inadmissable" column in the May 3rd Legal Times, under the heading "Overturned," noted that "[a]fter 16 years working on behalf of Texas death row inmate Max Soffar, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson [LLP] D.C. lawyers won a long-awaited victory in his case April 21. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit granted Soffar a new trial, ruling that he did not receive effective trial representation from his lawyer. Soffar claims he falsely confessed involvement in the 1980 murders of three youths at a Houston bowling alley. He had been interrogated by police for three days and did not have a lawyer present. The firm began representing Soffar in 1988, and it has been a 'long and eye-opening' journey, says securities partner James Schropp, lead attorney in the case. In 2000, a 5th Circuit panel granted Soffar a new trial based on alleged Miranda violations, but the order was overturned during an en banc review. The Texas Attorney General's Office will seek en banc review of the April 21 order as well."

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