Mark Bartlett and Rachel Herd of Davis Wright Tremaine appeared before the Clemency and Pardons Board on September 8th, on behalf their client, Robbie Burton. Robbie is a three striker who has been in prison for 21 years and has completely turned his life around. Thanks to Mark's and Rachel's advocacy and preparation, the board saw Robbie's transformation and his potential, voting 3-1 in favor of clemency.
Thank you, Mark and Rachel!
We also had another client, Ronnie Jackson, appear before the board, represented by Jon Zulauf. Ronnie has been in prison for over 20 years, and the board members were impressed by his focus on education and reading, as well as his dedication to teaching conflict resolution. He's also got an incredible support network waiting for him outside of prison. The board split on his prison record, ending up with a 2-2 vote. We're not sure where it will go from here, but we've already been in touch with the governor's office, urging them to really consider Ronnie.