accused of murder in 1978 in Illinois he always says , They say I did it, so I must have. While there kept drugged up with haldom.. Subsequently he was accussed of 2nd murder while being under 24 hr. watch. Thank You in advance Ms. Nobles
First, if his convictions are in Illinois you might be better off posting this in the Illinois section; it's in the Wisconsin section right now.
Second, while I am by no means an appellate expert and don't mean to be a pessimist, the reality is that 40 years into a sentence there is not a very good chance of reversing the conviction, particularly when he's not outright denying the offense. I know that there are a lot of news stories where people are exonerated multiple decades after conviction, but for every one of those you see there are at least five other cases where it's a total dead end. Evidence gets destroyed; witnesses die or move away. The burden is on your brother to show either that the State did something wrong in their prosecution (which has likely been appealed already, because when he's convicted of murder what did he have to lose by trying that back then?), the defense was deficient in their representation (same point) or there's new evidence not found at the time of the case that would have made a fundamental difference in the outcome. Absent that, you're unfortunately likely to find a lot of lawyers who are happy to take your money to review the file and tell you you're out of luck, which is morally sketchy but not technically a violation of ethics rules.
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