Willie Jackson Freed After 17 Years of Wrongful Incarceration

Martin E. Regan, Jr. Successful Fight Against the Wrongfully Incarceration of Willie Jackson.


William_JacksonAttorney Martin. E. Regan, Jr. winning career includes the exoneration of Mr. Willie Jackson. Mr. Jackson was wrongfully convicted for the crime of Sexual Assault in 1998 and spent 17 years  due to Wrongful Incarceration for a crime he did not commit.

Mr. Regan’s law firm took on the appeal of Mr. Jackson’s wrongful conviction certain of Mr. Willie Jackson’s innocence.  An appeal is a difficult and time consuming legal process that can take years to complete.  The process is laborious and cumbersome at best.

The Regan Defense Team located an independent forensic odontologist who concluded that the bite marks on the victim did not belong to Willie Jackson, but to his brother Milton. DNA tests proved conclusively, that Willie Jackson was not the depositor of semen found on the victim’s pantyhose but were instead with Jackson’s brother Milton.  A handwriting expert also found that the note on the bank statement connected to the case had been written by Milton, not Willie Jackson.

On May 26, 2006, Mr. Willie Jackson was exonerated and his conviction was overturned on August 24, 2005. In addition to Mr. Willie Jackson’s release from prison, The Regan Team achieved a $150,000.00 award from the Louisiana Innocence Compensation fund for the wrongful conviction of Willie Jackson.

The Regan Team worked closely with The Innocence Project which is a New York-based organization that helps investigate and litigate cases after convictions.  The Project recently counted 22 people “wrongfully convicted” in Louisiana and Mississippi.

According to their findings, a wrongfully convicted individual spends an average of 13 and half years behind bars. Mr. George Steimel, lobbyist for the Baton Rouge-based Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has stated that “there is more exoneration in Louisiana than almost every other state.”

“Wrongful convictions are a term of art,” stated Pete Adams, executive director of the Louisiana District Attorney Association, based in Baton Rouge. Convicted people can be exonerated by a court for a variety of reasons, such as inability to find witnesses years after the crime.  “But that doesn’t matter. If the number is two, that’s two too many,” Adams said. “We ought not to have convictions reversed.”

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About Martin E. Regan, Jr.

Year after year, Martin E. Regan Jr., the firm’s senior partner, has dedicated tireless efforts on behalf of the accused and produce wins for clients that a less determined advocate would have thought hopeless.  Martin E. Regan Jr.’s ability to tackle and win tough criminal cases has resulted in verdicts of acquittal in many highly publicized trials.