You are going to have a difficult time finding a competent post-conviction writ attorney who would work pro bono, as this is a complicated area of law. You may want to talk with a board-certified criminal appellate law attorney in your area for further information. I have attached the link to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization's website, which has a list of those attorneys.
Try the local bar associatioin referral service. Many of them will give you 30 minutes for $20 to at least give you an overview and perhaps further direction where to find an attorney. The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association with the HQ in Austin may know of a group that helps with these. Try to call them.
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My experience with Section 2254 cases is that there are very few that are simple or straightforward. They are either totally bogus and not worth filing or, if they have colorable merit, they tend to be complex, difficult both procedurally and factually, and very, very time-consuming for the attorney. How is the pro bono (i.e. uncompensated) lawyer going to be able to afford to give the case the enormous amount of time that it needs?
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