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Pro Bono Client Henry Hill to be Released After 35 Years Behind Bars

Henry Hill, who was 16 years-old when convicted of homicide in 1980, will be freed later this summer. Hill has served over 35 years of a mandatory life sentence in Michigan prisons. The decision was handed down in early May by Judge Darnell Jackson in Hill's Saginaw Circuit Court resentencing hearing. Firm attorneys Michael and Peggy Pitt and Ann Arbor attorney Deborah LaBelle are part of a collective pro bono initiative which provided representation for Hill as he sought resentencing. Hill has spent nearly four decades behind bars for his role in the 1980 shooting murder of Anthony Thomas in Saginaw. The Juvenile Life Without Parole Initiative is a statewide pro bono effort by the State Appellate Defenders Office, American Civil Liberties Union and private firms and attorneys to represent and win resentencing hearings for Michigan's 250+ juvenile lifers still serving mandatory sentences. The mandatory life sentences without parole were ruled to be unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2012 Miller vs. Alabama decision. "Henry Hill has done great work rehabilitating himself and has finally earned a second chance in life," said Pitt. "He is a completely different person than the one who entered prison many years ago." Hill's case is noteworthy because it was determined that he had the mental maturity of a 9-year-old at the time the crime was committed. Despite this, Hill was still sentenced to life without parole as an accomplice to the murder. Cary McGehee, the firm's other co-founding partner, is also part of the Juvenile Life Without Parole legal effort. She is representing convicted juvenile offender Barbara Hernandez. Hernandez is seeking resentencing after serving 25 years for her role in a 1980 homicide committed when she was 16 years old. See media coverage of Henry Hill's resentencing hearing at: Fox 66 News/Flint-Saginaw-Bay City ("Judge: Saginaw Man Originally Sentenced to Life Without Parole to be Free This Summer"/2:13) http://bit.ly/2qbgpaj WNEM/CBS/Saginaw-Flint ("Man Convicted of Murder as Juvenile Re-Sentenced"/2:11) http://bit.ly/2qOAWxP

Morris Dees Honored as Champion of Justice by MCHR

The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) recognized the lifetime efforts of iconic civil rights attorney Morris Dees at its recent annual dinner held at Marygrove College in Detroit. Cary McGehee, firm co-founder and longtime MCHR Chair,...

Renowned Attorney Morris Dees Honored by MCHR

Cary McGehee presents Champion of Justice Award to Morris Dees at MCHR annual dinner.[/caption] The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) recognized the lifetime efforts of iconic civil rights attorney Morris Dees at its recent annual dinner...

Channing Robinson-Holmes Joins Firm as Attorney

Channing Robinson began working as a law clerk at the firm in October 2015 while she was still in law school. Since that time, she has devoted innumerable hours to the firm’s class actions against Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency, as...

UIA Fraud Class-Action Continues to Gain Steam

In September 2015, firm attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit against the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The complaint alleges that the automated system used for adjudicating unemployment insurance fraud, falsely accused as...

PMP&R Host Flint Water Community Information Meeting

On April 24, 2017, the Flint Water Class Action Legal Team held an informational meeting for the Flint community at Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Flint. Throughout the night, Flint residents and other attendees spoke with...

NewsChannel 3 Discusses UIA Fraud with Lord

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Michigan lawmakers are working to figure out how tens of thousands of people on unemployment across Michigan were wrongly accused of fraud. On Monday the House Oversight Committee announced it had created a work group...

Pitt Awarded Distinguished Service Award by State Bar

From Detroit Legal News Michael Pitt has been selected for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by the State Bar of Michigan's Labor & Employment Section. Pitt is co-founding partner of Royal Oak-based Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, one of...

The Bridge Looks at UIA Fraud and Cites Lord

From the Bridge - the Center for Michigan February 7, 2917 A few days after a federal judge issued a Jan. 11 order commanding the state to “suspend all collection activity” against thousands of Michigan workers tagged with unemployment fraud,...