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Bill Cobb has been a dedicated Vermont criminal lawyer for more than 18 years. He understands the rights of the criminally accused, as well as the high stakes involved for defendants and their families. Bill’s tough advocacy for his clients has led to many victories and favorable settlements.

Vermont’s state and federal prosecutors work hard to secure convictions in their cases. Therefore, if you are accused of a crime, it is critical to hire a criminal defense attorney with significant experience, a strong reputation, and fearlessness.

Bill is not afraid to challenge prosecutors. From the outset, he  works tirelessly in an effort to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced. If a dismissal is not possible, he continues to negotiate with prosecutors, while building the strongest defense he can for trial. He investigates, interviews, works to exclude damaging evidence, and interacts with the media if needed. If you have experienced an unfavorable ruling or verdict, we have the experience necessary to file and argue an appeal.



Blog/News

April 11, 2015

Ohio men cleared of murder after decades in prison to get $1.6 million

Two Ohio men who were cleared of murder last year after spending decades in prison will receive about $1.6 million from the state for their wrongful imprisonment, a judge ruled on Friday.

The Ohio Court of Claims judge ruled that Wiley Bridgeman and his brother, Kwame Ajamu, would get a combined $1.6 million from the state, court records show. The ruling comes just weeks after Ricky Jackson, who was also convicted for the 1975 murder, received roughly $1 million for his time served.

Bridgeman, Ajamu and Jackson were all convicted for killing Cleveland-area money order salesman Harold Franks after a 12-year-old boy testified that he saw the attack, court papers show.

The boy, Eddie Vernon, recanted his testimony years later, and told authorities he had never actually witnessed the crime. There was no other evidence linking Jackson to the killing.

Bridgeman was freed soon after Jackson, after the charges were dismissed last November. Although Bridgeman had first been freed in 2002, he was imprisoned again for a probation violation, defense attorneys said.

A Cleveland judge in December dropped all charges against Ajamu, who spent 27 years in jail before having his death sentence commuted and being freed in 2003.

The 39 years Jackson spent in jail was the longest time a prisoner had been held before being exonerated, the Ohio Innocence Project, which provided legal counsel to Jackson, and the National Registry of Exonerations said.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/ohio-men-cleared-of-murder-after-decades-in-prison-to-get-dollar16-million/ar-AAaK827?ocid=UP97DHP

March 23, 2015

An interesting article in the Denver Post shows that 96% of the high risk unit's prison population has a traumatic brain injury. When you consider that 80% of the general prison population has a traumatic brain injury, it would seem logical that legislatures and courts around the country should be making much more of a push to appreciate the significance of head injuries contributing to criminal behavior. 

Please click on the link below to read the full article:
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27673196/nearly-all-denver-jail-inmates-high-risk-unit

William W. Cobb, Esq.