April 30, 2010

Sig Libowitz quoted in Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project's Innocence Alert

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Venable associate Sig Libowitz was quoted in the April 2010 edition of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project's Innocence Alert for his role in winning the release of Edward Bell, a Washington, DC man wrongly convicted of a 1991 murder and imprisoned since his conviction.

Libowitz worked with former Venable partner Paul Kemp and the Innocence Project on Bell's case. Venable partner Seth Rosenthal, who was successful in a similar pro bono case last year, advised Kemp and Libowitz.

Shortly before the team was set to begin trial, the government offered a reduction of the murder to manslaughter and imposition of time served.

"It was a really difficult decision to make obviously, and we told Mr. Bell that it was ultimately his choice," Libowitz said. While the legal team was confident they could prevail at trial, the prosecution had presented Bell with "an offer he couldn't refuse" said Libowitz.

“It was a difficult decision to make because I felt I was accepting a level of guilt that wasn’t rightfully mine,” Mr. Bell said. “As much as I wanted to prove my innocence, I had to think about who I had the chance to come back home to, and in the bigger picture it was the right decision.”