Texas Exoneree Sues Lawyer Over $1 Million Legal Fee


Steven Phillips, 53, who was proved innocent in Texas of rape by DNA tests after serving nearly 25 years, got a $2 million lump-sum payment, with more annual payments to come, and a legal bill of more than $1 million from a lawyer who sued the state on his behalf and claimed a 25 percent contingency fee, reports the New York Times. Phillips is suing the lawyer, and the state bar association says the fee is “prohibited by law” and “unconscionable.”

The lawyer, Kevin Glasheen, calls it a simple fee dispute that he will win. Glasheen said he had a dozen exonerated clients who had paid $5 million in fees, and that he pursued the lobbying effort as an alternative to litigation, and one that greatly benefited his clients.

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