Glenn Garber, Founder & Director
Glenn A. Garber has been a criminal defense attorney in New York City for over 20 years. His lifelong commitment to representing the indigent started after graduating from Cardozo School of Law in 1989, when he began his career at the Legal Aid Society, zealously representing thousands of indigent persons. In the early 1990s, he built a private practice with a strong emphasis on criminal trials and appeals, post-conviction litigation, and civil rights. Glenn A. Garber has represented countless clients in their criminal defenses. All the while, he remained dedicated to serving the poor, doing substantial work for the indigent on state homicide and federal death penalty cases.
In 2002, Mr. Garber was introduced to innocence work. Working with the Innocence Project, he won exoneration for Hector Gonzalez who had been wrongfully convicted of murder in 1996 (read the article). Recognizing the despair and destruction caused by a wrongful conviction and the importance of reclaiming the lives of so many other desperate innocent prisoners (especially those whose cases lack DNA), Glenn A. Garber has committed himself to helping this forgotten population in their fight for freedom.
Rebecca Freedman, Assistant Director
Rebecca Freedman is EXI's full time Assistant Director. She is a graduate of the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. While in law school, she interned at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division and assisted in representing indigent criminal defendants. As a student, she was an Associate Editor of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. Rebecca Freedman has also interned at the ACLU in both the National Prison Project and the Campaign Against Racial Profiling. She received her undergraduate degree from the George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Anne Feldman, Case Manager
Judge Anne Feldman volunteers her time supervising the case vetting and selection process. She is a retired New York State Supreme Court Judge with 30 years of experience with state court homicide and felony trials and post-conviction claims.
Judge Feldman is a graduate of Antioch College and Yale Law School. She served as Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York having previously served as Chair of the Association's Correction Committee. Judge Feldman is also an advisor to New York's Justice Task Force on Wrongful Convictions, established by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the Court of Appeals. Her depth of knowledge and experience is an invaluable resource in our exoneration efforts.
Angharad Vaughan, Staff Attorney
Angharad Vaughan is a volunteer staff attorney for EXI who assists with case evaluation and litigation. She is an experienced criminal defense attorney and specializes in New York State and Federal appellate and post-conviction litigation. She co-authored Actual-Innocence Policy, Non-DNA Innocence Claims, published in the New York Law Journal in April, 2008.
Angharad Vaughan is a graduate from Sarah Lawrence College. As an undergraduate, Ms. Vaughan led creative writing workshops for inmates at the Valhalla Correctional Facility in New York. She received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sarah Schindler-Williams, Outreach & Development Coordinator
Sarah Schindler-Williams volunteers as EXI's Coordinator of Outreach & Development, serving as the point of contact for media relations and foundational and private donors as well as law firms who seek to support our efforts. Sarah Schindler-Williams also serves on EXI's Board of Directors.
Sarah Schindler-Williams is an associate at Ballard Spahr LLP. She is a graduate of Brown University and New York University Law School where she worked on post-conviction death penalty cases.
11 February 2015
EXI client Lavell Jones was convicted of a 1997 Albany homicide he did not commit based solely on his false confession, obtained after more than 30 hours of interrogation, which he later recanted. No witnesses or physical evidence tied him to the crime. Now, another man has confessed to detectives, in detail, that he alone committed the murder for which Lavell and his codefendant were convicted. Hopefully this new development will finally ensure justice for the two men, who have maintained their innocence for the past 18 years.
Read More in the Albany Times Union
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25 November 2014
Richard is now serving the 18th year of a 25-to-life sentence for a 1996 Bronx murder which occurred when he was 1,000 miles away in Florida - an alibi confirmed by 13 witnesses. Among them: a sheriff's deputy, a pastor, and a federal corrections officer. EXI filed a motion to exonerate Richard on March 28, 2014, based on the alibi and other exculpatory evidence which was never brought out at Richard's 1998 trial. Litigation on the case is ongoing. In the meantime, Dateline NBC's Dan Slepian has been investigating the case... that Dateline episode won't air until Spring, but NBC News gave us a snapshot of what is to come when it featured Richard's case last week.
Watch the NBC News piece and read the full story