Jackson Walker Secures Stay of Execution of Death Row Inmate

August 23, 2022 | Client Results

On August 16, 2022, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued a 60-day stay, effective September 2022, of the impending execution for death row inmate Richard Glossip in the State v. Glossip case. Obtaining the stay was critical to allow time for the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to review a request for a new evidentiary hearing in his case. Glossip was convicted in 2004 of a murder for hire based on the testimony of the confessed killer, Justin Sneed, who agreed to testify against Glossip to avoid the death penalty. Sneed testified that Glossip masterminded the murder. Newly discovered evidence uncovered during a lengthy investigation into the case casts serious doubt on the conviction.

Jackson Walker partner Christina Vitale and associate Michael A. Drab, supported by the firm’s Houston research services team, assisted Reed Smith LLP in its continuing investigation of this case.

The win marks another example of Jackson Walker securing results for its clients, from the Fortune 100 and its executive suites to those less fortunate in our communities. Our dedicated Pro Bono program provides support for attorneys’ pro bono efforts both in terms of legal service and financial support. To learn more about the Firm’s efforts to help ensure equal access to justice, visit our Pro Bono page.

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Michael A. Drab
Associate, Houston

Christina Vitale
Partner, Houston