News 08.19.10

Recent Exoneree Works to Help the Wrongfully Convicted

Michael Anthony Green has only been free three weeks, but he’s already at work.

After spending 27 years in prison for a crime DNA tests show he didn’t commit, Green was freed on July 30. Yesterday, he started working with attorney Bob Wicoff, a member of the Innocence Project of Texas’ Board of Directors, and the attorney who helped free him from prison.

Green, who wants to become a paralegal to help the wrongfully convicted, was hired by Wicoff to write briefs and interview inmates. Wicoff told the Houston Chronicle that Green’s own wrongful conviction will be an advantage when talking with inmates claiming innocence.

“Mike could really change the world,” Wicoff said of his new employee. “He’s in a position to be instrumental in making all sorts of important changes in Austin, with new legislation. His case could be an example of the changes we need to make.”

He could receive more than $2 million in state compensation if his exoneration becomes official, but he said he will continue to work with Wicoff.

“I love the law, and I want to try to get some of the other fellows out,” the 45-year-old said.


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