New York Times on Legal Battles Between Wrongfully Imprisoned and Their Attorney
Turns out, Glasheen's embroiled in several suits involving the formerly imprisoned, who are trying to keep Glasheen from collecting a percentage of the money owed them by the state. The State Bar's also involved, calling the attorney's bills nothing short of "unconscionable." Meanwhile, state Rep. Rafael Anchia's hoping to "close the door" on attorneys taking dough from the likes of Waller and Phillips. The New York Times reports:
The disputes have bitterly divided the community of lawyers and activists who struggle to help the falsely accused, and they have brought an uncomfortable spotlight on the practices of some within the Innocence Project of Texas, whose co-founder and chief counsel, Jeff Blackburn, is in line to collect $413,000 of the Glasheen fee for referring the Phillips civil case to him.
To Mr. Glasheen, the cases are "a simple fee dispute" and not unusual. "When the money came in, they didn't want to pay us," he said.
Mr. Glasheen predicted that the lawsuits from his former clients would be dismissed, and that the bar's petition to the court would evaporate. "Meanwhile," he said, "I've got drug behind the pickup truck."