Barry Scheck | Adnan Sultan | Michael Greenblatt |
Barry J. Pollack | Dawn Murphy Johnson | Claudia Trupp

The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal organization that is committed to exonerating wrongly convicted people through the use of DNA testing and to reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. The Innocence Project has taken on Angels case and he is now being represented by Barry Scheck and Adnan Sultan. They are currently reviewing his case and plan to move forward with the Bronx Supreme Court. In addition to the Innocence Project, Michael Greenblatt of Stroock & Stroock is consulting on the case Pro Bono.

Barry Scheck

barry scheck profile picture The Innocence Project, was founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law. Since that time, Barry has represented many wrongfully convicted men and women. He continues to fight for those who are suffering at the hands of a broken system and continues in his role as a Co-Director at the Innocence Project as well as Professor at Cardozo School of Law.

Adnan Sultan

adnan sultan profile picture Adnan Sultan is a staff attorney at the Innocence Project. He litigates post-conviction cases nationwide on behalf of individuals seeking access to DNA testing and relief from wrongful convictions. He also instructs law students as part of the Innocence Project clinic at Cardozo.

Michael Greenblatt

michael greenblatt profile picture Michael Greenblatt is currently focusing on financial restructuring law, but was previously an intern at the Innocence Project while attending Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, he graduated in 2018. Michael requested to continue working on Angels case on a pro bono basis after his internship commenced and the firm he works with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan also have partnered with the Innocence Project on Angels behalf.

Barry J. Pollack

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Although Barry is no longer representing Angel, he is serving as a consultant on the case on an as needed basis.

Barry Pollack is leading the team of pro bono attorney's who are diligently working to secure Angel's freedom in this ongoing fight for justice.

As noted by his firm, "Mr. Pollack represents individuals and corporations in criminal investigations and trials and in other government enforcement matters, such as Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proceedings. Mr. Pollack also conducts corporate investigations and defends complex criminal cases.

Mr. Pollack is best known for his skills in the courtroom. He has obtained acquittals on all counts on behalf of a former executive of Enron Corporation in a federal criminal case, following a month long jury trial. He has also represented a Member of Congress in a House ethics investigation."
In addition, he has also been involved in

High Profile Pro Bono Matters
Leading a team of pro bono attorneys who obtained release from prison and dismissal of all charges against a Long Island man who served 17 years for the murder of his parents, after presenting evidence he had been wrongfully convicted.

Securing release from prison, reversal of the conviction and dismissal of the indictment of a Manhattan man, after presenting evidence to the New York State Supreme Court he was innocent of the murder for which he had served 18 years.

His professional and community Involvement include:

  • President, Board of Directors, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
  • Secretary, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003 - 2009
  • Chair, White Collar Crime Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003 - 2009
  • Member, District of Columbia State Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Barrister, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court
Dawn Murphy Johnson
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Dawn Murphy-Johnson’s is working as part of Barry Pollacks pro bono team representing Angel Cordero. As noted by the firm, "Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, governmental investigations, and civil litigation. As part of her criminal litigation practice, Ms. Murphy-Johnson has assisted in the representation of individuals in grand jury proceedings, trials, sentencing proceedings, appeals, and governmental investigations. These matters have involved allegations of fraud, racketeering, money laundering, export control violations, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). She has also participated in internal investigations on behalf of multinational corporations."

Claudia Trupp

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Claudia Trupp is Angel's former appellate attorney who represented him for many years in his fight for justice. She works for the Center for Appellate Litigation.
The Center for Appellate Litigation is a New York not-for-profit law firm located in lower Manhattan, handling appeals and post-conviction proceedings on behalf of criminal defendants in cases assigned by the Appellate Division. They write, "Our clients are among societies most disenfranchised: sentenced prisoners without the means to challenge the system that has taken away their freedom. Isolated by prison terms that often span decades or even lifetimes, they are also among those most urgently needing a share in that bedrock but elusive American franchise – equal justice under the law. By challenging the procedures and outcomes of the system that may have unjustly convicted them, CAL strives to earn each client a respected place and respectful hearing in the quest for equal justice. CAL's commitment to eloquent and persuasive written and oral advocacy is equaled only by its commitment to developing dynamic and effective approaches to achieving justice, which may transcend the cold record that ordinarily binds appellate lawyers. Our goal is to best serve each client's needs and to do so with ever more humanity."

Separately from her position at CAL, Claudia Trupp has also written Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes, a book on her experiences as an appellate attorney, and simultaneously as a mother and how the two impact one another.