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Third Time Lucky - Man from Reno Set Free after 11 Years in Jail

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A defense attorney in Reno, Nevada, William Routsis represents clients accused of committing various violent and nonviolent crimes, including assault, domestic battery, homicide, and white collar crimes. In his years of practice, William Routsis has acquitted many wrongly convicted persons, including Jorge Romero.

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Third Time Lucky - Man from Reno Set Free after 11 Years in Jail

  1. 1. William Routsis
  2. 2.  A defense attorney in Reno, Nevada, William Routsis represents clients accused of committing various violent and nonviolent crimes, including assault, domestic battery, homicide, and white collar crimes. In his years of practice, William Routsis has acquitted many wrongly convicted persons, including Jorge Romero. In 2002, Romero was charged with first degree murder and attempted murder. Romero hired two local attorneys to help him in his case. The two attorneys assured him his case was beatable at trial. Unfortunately, despite its complex nature, his trial lasted a mere week and the jury deliberated for only a couple of hours before finding him guilty. The judge sentenced him to life in prison.
  3. 3.  He appealed and in 2009, his conviction was overturned. A second trial was granted. In 2011, he settled on attorney Routsis to handle his second trial. Efforts were made to contact witnesses who had moved states or were in hiding. A number of them were persuaded to testify in Romero’s favor. During the trial, the defense battled the state relentlessly. Sadly, the case was adjudged a mistrial, setting the stage for trial number three. In the third trial, the defense hired forensic experts to break down evidence before court. The witnesses gave their testimonies as best as they could remember and the defense challenged the state’s evidence, revealing foul play on the part of the investigators. The trial ended in a hung jury and because Romero had already served 11 years in jail, the judge set him free.

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