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Jones Walker Lawyers Successful in Pro Bono Case Involving a Man Wrongfully Convicted of First Degree Murder
May 27, 2014

MagnerAnadaMichael W. Magner, a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group, and Tarak Anada, an associate in the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group, both in the New Orleans office, and Innocence Project New Orleans ("IPNO") attorneys Emily Maw and Caroline Milne, filed a joint motion with Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro to grant 61-year-old Reginald Adams a new trial for the 1979 murder of the wife of a New Orleans Police Department officer. This NOPD officer was subsequently convicted of murdering his second wife. In preparation for filing an application for post-conviction relief for Adams, the team of Jones Walker and IPNO attorneys reviewed public records and other evidence in connection with Adams' investigation and trial. The evidence revealed that police and prosecutors intentionally concealed material evidence that was favorable to Adams, exonerating him, and was strongly suggestive of third party guilt in the murder. The team of attorneys then promptly authenticated the findings and delivered a detailed investigative report to the District Attorney's office on May 2. Following a quick but thorough review by senior level prosecutors in the office, District Attorney Cannizzaro agreed to join the motion of Adams for a new trial and dismiss the murder case against him and announced on May 12 that the District Attorney's office does not intend to retry Adams. Adams was immediately released by Criminal Court Judge Laurie White after 34 years in custody, most of which was spent in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. The case has received national and international media attention.