Bingham McCutchen LLP

Volume III Issue 1

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.

The following is an excerpt of a letter (dated Jan. 2010) from a Texas Death Row prisoner thanking the Project and volunteer law firm Bingham McCutchen LLP for taking his case: 

“Hello there!  I hope this reaches you all in the Best of health & spirits!  I know I’m feeling out of this world right now.  I just can’t put it in to words how happy I am, thank you so much for all you’ve done.  For Believing and not giving up.  It means so much to me.  You all are special.  And will all ways carry a place in my heart for your dedication to what ya’ll do… [You] have pumped Life Back in to this cause, and you will never be forgotten.  I know its just what ya’ll do its your job, But you have touched our lives in a special way.  Ya’ll keep your head up.”



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