Volunteer attorneys at Bingham first accepted a death penalty case from the Project in 2005. Neal Rosen, a partner in the Boston office, leads a team representing Walter Ogrod, who is on Death Row for the murder of a four-year-old girl in Philadelphia in 1988. Mr. Ogrod was convicted in 1996 on the basis of a confession allegedly made under duress and testimony from a notorious jailhouse informant. The firm, with assistance from the Philadelphia Federal Defender Association, has worked tirelessly on Mr. Ogrod’s behalf.
On the other side of the country, another team of Bingham attorneys currently represents two Alabama Death Row prisoners. Bill Abrams, a partner at the firm’s Silicon Valley office and a member of the Project’s Steering Committee, represents clients who received ineffective counsel during their trials.
In January, Bingham accepted a new pro bono death penalty case at the request of the Project. A team of Washington, DC attorneys now represents a Texas Death Row prisoner in his federal habeas proceedings.