What I’m able to do on any wrongful conviction/excessive sentencing case differs from one case to another. Facts of the case and circumstances dictate how we proceed. I prefer to work with the individual’s lawyer, however if the individual doesn’t have an attorney, I will try to find one willing to take the case low/pro bono.
Once we’re all on the same page, the next step is determining the circumstances of your case that will help get you back into court to fight, or how to proceed with a clemency claim. If there is DNA testing, a private investigator or some other expert witness analysis that can help your case, we’ll do our best to raise that money and secure the testing or expert’s report.
Other areas I’ve had some success in is connecting individuals with organizations that may take a wrongful conviction case. I’ve secured media coverage on major podcasts and print media to amplify cases and raise support. I've organized fundraising events and raised money to help cover legal fees, and to help newly released individuals get back on their feet and start their lives with less of a burden.
To be blunt, I try to fill the gap wherever it is needed in the case to keep things moving smoothly.
Creating and maintaining momentum is key.
When contacting an advocate, it’s very helpful if you have trial transcripts and post-conviction relief motions so they can be reviewed quickly.
Also, designating one family member or friend who will be a point person for your case makes a world of difference, saves time and leaves less room for miscommunication.
Realize there is no panacea. Fighting these cases is most often a years-long process.
Please forward any trial transcripts and post conviction motions that you have on the case. They can be sent via Dropbox or Google Drive at LisaSpeesConsulting@gmail.com - Thank you!
Smoky Mountain National Park • Gatlinburg, TN • 11.12.20