Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Exonerees' Attorneys Fight Over Fees

Kathleen Zellner successfully used DNA to get two men exonerated and released from prison. Then she represented them in a civil suit against the City of Chicago (and others) for violating their rights. After nearly a year, they switched attorneys. Now the new lawyers say they are close to settling that case, and she wants a cut of the fees. They say they shouldn't have to share, since she said that she was representing the men pro bono. Her reply: she was pro bono on the DNA motion, but the plaintiffs signed a contingency fee agreement with her for the civil suit. Fee Dispute Erupts in Pro Bono Exoneration Case, Nat'l L.J. (, March 8, 2007.

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