Looking for pro-bono lawyer

Asked about 1 year ago - York, PA

In prison for sexual rape case .I am innocent. Been here 15 years. Working mostly on my own,have a lot of information and evidence My public defender did not get the witnesses he said he was bringing in. When ask about the plea bargen they offered he told me to do what I want. He was not a help to me or do what he was suppose to do for me.I have work that you can look at. Maybe someone could come to talk to me and show you what I have. My name is Dawn Holder. I am writing for my husband Glenn. If you have information you can email me at: or if you know pro-bono attorneys that would be able to help him. He is on his last appeal and really needs help. Can someone help him? elaine24@comcast.net

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  1. Todd Michael Mosser


    Contributor Level 12


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . It will probably be tough to find a pro bono lawyer, particularly for a 15 year old case where there will presumably be a great deal of work that must go into reviewing the case to determine whether there are any viable claims. As a threshold matter, the mechanisms you'd be dealing with are either a PCRA petition or a federal habeas petition. You'll likely have problems with both types of filings being deemed untimely so you will definitely need counsel to navigate the exceptions to the timeliness requirements. If you really are not in a position to get on a payment plan and have no ability to pay for a lawyer at all, you might want to consider the Pa chapter of the Innocence Project. http://www.innocenceprojectpa.org/. Good luck.

  2. Brian M. Collins Jr.

    Contributor Level 6

    Answered . First you could try contacting the Innocence Project, although they tend to mostly take cases involving DNA evidence. You could also try filing a pro se motion asking fo a court appointed lawyer. You could also write to your local bar association and ask for attorneys who do pro bono, or, if not then would represent for a reduced fee. Finally, some of the larger law firms in Pennsylvania sometimes will tak these types of cases on pro bono. Find law firms with more than 500 lawyers, find their pro bono partner and write to him or her. Good luck.

  3. Yaniv Kenan

    Contributor Level 11

    Answered . You might want to contact the Innocence Project to see if they would possibly help out

    The response above is not intended as legal advice. This response is for educational purposes only. I have not... more

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