I have a brother who is incarcerated in Texas for 40 years, He has been gone for almost 10 years. My brother recently wrote me about a letter he recvd in the mail Manifest Non Obstante Veredicto Network that said they could help him, probono, If I sent them $395 for filing fees to a PO Box. I'm not an attorney but to me the company and it seems like a scam. So now I have to write him back and let him know my thoughts about the company. But would like to talk to a real attorney about looking into his case to see if there is anything that we can do to get a time cut.
Be very careful here. The correct name for what inmates call a "timecut" is a commutation. It is part of the Texas clemency process. The paperwork for filing a commutation request is publicly posted on the website for the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and includes a complete description of the information and documentation required. A commutation requires approval by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the Governor of Texas. Very few are granted, not only because of the process involved, but also because one of the requirements is that there must be written recommendations in support of the request from two of the following three officials: the current Judge of the Court in which he was sentenced, the current prosecuting attorney, and the current chief of police or sheriff, whichever was the arresting agency. There are few attorneys who practice in this area (I am one) because of the very low chance of success. The Board of Pardons and Paroles reports that the majority of requests are rejected because the paperwork is not completed correctly. Before you lay out any money, make sure you get someone who knows what he/she is doing, is licensed in Texas, and is willing to do the significant work required to at least correctly compete the paperwork. Finally, if anyone guarantees any result, run away as fast as you can!
I would not consider this group. They claim they have lawyers but list none. They are in another state so they don't know Texas law.
Contact Mary Samaan in Houston about parole. Time cuts are almost non-existent.
If you hire this place, make them give you a guarantee in writing. I am positive they will not.
You should copy the documents they sent to you and send them to the Texas State Bar. Solicitation is illegal, too.
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A true time cut is nearly impossible to get. To get it, your brother would need to have the agreement of the district attorney in the district where he was convicted, the county sheriff and the judge of the court where the sentence was given. Ms. Hensley's post is right, the company that sent your brother the solicitation sounds like scamsters, Even the filing fees amount sounds high.
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