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Spitzer Law Office Clients Win Significant Parole Denial in the Murder of their Mother, Debbie Moreau

Kelly and Shawn Moreau secure thousands of signatures urging Governor Brown to reverse the Board of Parole Hearings.  The won!

By Todd Spitzer, Attorney at Law and Marsy's Law Attorney

On September 6, 2012, I represented Shawn and Kelly Moreau to fight the release of their mother's murdered, Michael Garrett, at the Avenal State Prison.

At a hearing a year earlier, Garrett was given a release date by the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH).  I was retained by the Moreau's and was able to convince Governor Brown to reverse the earlier decision of the BPH.  You can read my letter here: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/17059664/Moreau/Garrett.J-95746.VictimsMoreaus.GovBrown.pdf

At the hearing to consider his release in September, Kelly and Shawn convinced the BPH to deny Debbie's murderer another parole hearing under Marsy's Law for three years, a significant win.

The lesson: the participation of the victims at the BPH is critical.  It is also important to have the assistance of legal counsel to ensure that the victims arguments to the BPH meet the legal standards that build the best case of a denial of parole.

Kelly and Shawn's participation became a reality throught he financial assistance of Crime Survivors, Inc. and CEO Patricia Wenskunas: http://www.crimesurvivors.org

If you have any questions about the BPH process or need help making your case before the BPH, please contact www.spitzerlawoffice.com



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