Lieff Cabraser partner Robert Nelson helped secure Yutico his overdue freedom
New York Times Magazine staff writer, Emily Bazelon, was recently featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, where she shared the details of the story of Yutico Briley’s wrongful conviction and eventual successful struggle for freedom. During the program both Briley and Bazelon reflect on Briley’s long path to exoneration.
Seven years into a 60-year sentence for a robbery he did not commit, Briley, wrote a letter to Bazelon, who writes about the criminal justice system, asking her if she or anyone she knew could help him prove his innocence and get out of prison. Bazelon started corresponding with him and after doing some research, found flaws in his defense and trial representative of larger problems in the justice system. Moved by his story, she connected Briley with her sister, law professor Lara Bazelon, who directs the criminal and racial justice clinics at the University of San Francisco and who previously served as director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles. Lara then teamed up with Lieff Cabraser partner Robert J. Nelson to represent Briley and ultimately win his freedom.
To listen to their incredible story, visit NPR’s website.