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Prisoner Granted Habeas Relief
A Sidley team, working with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the District of Nevada, defeated a petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in
Gittere v. Echavarria
, preserving a win in the Ninth Circuit and affording the client, Jose Echavarria, a new trial in lieu of a death sentence. A Nevada state court had convicted Mr. Echavarria of capital murder and sentenced him to death following a botched bank robbery in Las Vegas that resulted in the death of an FBI agent. The case addresses important questions about when judicial bias supports granting habeas relief.
Capital Litigation Project
Prisoner Granted Habeas Relief