A legal maneuver that lawyers call “lost in translation” is often the difference between a successful and a costly legal battle.
This week’s episode of The Law is about the case of Robert W. Allen, a man who was convicted of murder in Florida.
Allen was in jail in Florida on a murder charge when he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
He appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and won in 2009, but he faced a daunting task: how to make a living while he was incarcerated.
In 2014, Allen sued the state of Florida to obtain his release from prison.
The case has taken on a life of its own as Allen has become a star attorney for people who are being denied their freedom because of a wrongful conviction.
This week’s guest, Laura D’Amico, is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
Laura is a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.
She is also a practicing attorney, specializing in wrongful convictions and wrongful death cases.
She is the author of The Wrongful Conviction in America: The Legacy of Wrongful Arrest, and a former editor of The American Lawyer.
You can find Laura at @lauradamico on Twitter, @LauraDAMico, and @lawprofLaura on Facebook.
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