February 15, 2017
A Weil team, working with Sanctuary for Families, achieved a significant victory in an important pro bono case representing a victim of domestic violence.
In 1993, our client killed her husband after years of abuse including being beaten, shot at, and raped. She was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life. She had served 23 years and had been denied parole on three prior occasions when Weil and Sanctuary for Families took up the client’s cause in December 2016 in connection with her fourth parole application. On February 10, 2017, after an intensive effort by the Weil and Sanctuary teams, the parole board finally granted our client’s release. The Weil team included partner Richard Rothman, associates Arielle Gordon, Debora Hoehne, and Alex Shear, paralegals Chloe Jasper and Vanessa Vecchiarello, and executive assistant Lee Dickerson.
On the heels of this win, Weil is working with Sanctuary for Families, a provider and advocate for survivors of violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence, on a new initiative to seek parole for incarcerated victims of domestic violence in appropriate cases.