New York Times Column Spotlights Plight of California Death Row Inmate and Orrick Pro Bono Client Kevin Cooper

New York Times | June.20.2017

New York Times columnist Nic Kristof on Sunday featured the long-running case of California death row inmate Kevin Cooper, who has been represented by an Orrick pro bono team in his bid to prove his innocence for the past 13 years.

The column, which calls the case “a national embarrassment,” quotes Orrick senior counsel Norman Hile, who has led the effort to get Cooper off death row and is pressing Gov. Jerry Brown to order a review of the case with new DNA testing of evidence. Kristof quotes Norm as saying: “We’re not saying let Kevin out of jail now, we’re not saying pardon him. We’re saying, let’s find out if he’s innocent.”

The Times column can be read here.

In addition to Norm, the Orrick team working on the Cooper case has included Katie DeWitt, Justin Giovannettone, Max Mellenthin, Beth Morey, Mary McClelland, Heather McCulloch, Trudy Harris, Charles Tyler and Evan Rose.