Law Office of C. David Odem - Florence, Alabama 35630

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205 South Seminary Street , Florence , Alabama 35630

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Law Office of C. David Odem has vast experience defending people accused of crimes. Our excellent Florence criminal attorney is dedicated to finding the best solution for your case.

Law Office of C. David Odem is located in the Florence area of Alabama. There are at least 20 other listings in the 35630 postcode area.

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Derrick Hamilton, convicted of murder held onto two things while serving his time in prison; his innocence and the love his wife had for him that kept him sane. In 1991, Hamilton was convicted for the murder of his friend, Nathaniel Cash. During the night of the murder, Hamilton insisted he was in New Haven, CT, two hours away from Brooklyn, NY, the place of the crime scene. Throughout the time of the investigation, a witness named Jewel Smith, Cash’s girlfriend, testified she saw Hamilton shoot Cash in the chest. With that testimony against Hamilton, things as you can imagine weren’t in his favor. Although, Hamilton’s defense lawyer knew of two women who were with him in New Haven the night of the murder, unfortunately for him, the police weren’t able to contact them in time to testify. Hamilton was sentenced 25 years to life because a defense motion for a delay was denied. During his time in prison, Hamilton studied the law. In 2009, he started a group called the Actual Innocence Team. The group consisted of inmates who claimed they were wrongfully convicted. While serving his time, Hamilton established a reputation as one of the most skilled jailhouse lawyers in the state. When Hamilton wasn’t inspiring other inmates and studying the law, he had a love connection with his wife who helped him stay grounded. Hamilton’s wife Nicole helped him stayed grounded. The love she had for him was unconditional. She would drive six hours to see Hamilton in upstate New York from Connecticut every weekend. When she visited Hamilton, they’d like to pretend the prison yard was New York’s Central Park. They would spread out snacks from the vending machine on a bench and imagine they were having a picnic. Nicole said, “We were trying to make the best of it. Trying to make something normal in an abnormal situation.” Hamilton expressed how 30 minute phone calls with Nicole could change his worst days to normal days. Nicole said that Hamilton told her he was innocent and one day he would prove to the world his innocence. After many years Hamilton got his break. In 2010, Hamilton’s case was brought to the attention of two people. Post-conviction lawyer Jonathan Edelstein and a New York Daily News Reporter. A letter from Edelstein and the Daily News story were submitted to the parole board, as well as witness affidavits from the two women who weren’t able to testify for Hamilton’s trial. In 2011, 21 years after he was placed in prison, Hamilton walked out a free man. Hamilton’s murder conviction was vacated in 2015. These days, Hamilton and his wife Nicole take their 4-year-old daughter, Maia, to a park near their home in New Jersey. They spend their time laughing and enjoying life, leaving the prison yard as a painful memory. They no longer have to pretend they are free.
3/30/2017 8:36:27 PM

Innocent Man Exonerated for Cocaine Charges After Serving Prison Sentence In Houston, Texas a 52-year-old man was arrested by a police officer. After they stopped him, he swallowed a substance they suspected was an illegal drug. The officers swabbed his mouth and one of the swabs field-tested positive for the presence of cocaine. The defendant pled guilty a year later in Harris County Criminal District Court to possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 10 months in the Harris County Jail. Five years later, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office discovered the results of laboratory tests in controlled substance cases were being sent to the DA’s office, but were not forwarded or distributed to the prosecutors of the cases. After the reports were discovered, the DA’s conviction integrity unit began notifying defense attorneys and attempting to locate defendants who had pled guilty to possession of drugs, that their lab tests were negative. Among those reports was the lab test results of the defendant, which revealed that the crime lab tested the untested swab seized from the defendant, prior to him pleading guilty, and the swab was negative for the presence of any controlled substance. That report had gone unnoticed. The DA’s conviction integrity unit joined with the defendant’s defense attorney to support a state law petition for a writ of habeas corpus requesting that his conviction be vacated. After eight years, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the writ and vacated the conviction. A year later, the prosecution dismissed the charge.
3/27/2017 3:55:02 PM

Exoneration of the day- A 19-year-old male was convicted with life in prison for kidnapping and raping a boy. In Lake Wales, Florida a boy said he was kidnapped from his home, dragged to a baseball field and raped by a man. The boy described the man to have busy sideburns and a mustache. A relative of the boy thought the description matched the defendant. In the lineup of photographs the defendant’s photo was included and the victim picked the defendant as his attacker. Based on the identification, the defendant was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The defendant at the time did not have a criminal history and insisted he was at home watching television with his sister when the crime occurred. Twenty-seven years in prison the defendant began seeking for DNA testing of the evidence of the crime, but was unsuccessful. Four years later the Innocence Project accepted his case. Three years after the Innocence Project accepted his case it was said that the biological material left at the crime scene by the perpetrator did not match the defendant. The defendant was then released after prosecutors filed a motion to vacate his conviction and sentence. The defendant had spent a total of 35 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The defendant was 19-years-old when convicted, 54 years-old when set free. The State of Florida awarded him $1.75 million in compensation.
3/6/2017 5:58:09 PM

Exoneration of the Day – Woman Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter Despite Defective Car. A young lady was involved with a car crash that ended up killing her fiancé who was in the front passenger seat. Despite the serious injuries she survived but was charged with intoxication manslaughter after blood tests revealed a slight amount of prescription sedatives. She pled guilty and received community supervision for 5 years. A lawsuit was then filed against GM the maker of the Saturn Ion by this accident victim and was settled out of court. Evidence later showed that 5 months before the woman pled guilty, GM had conducted an internal audit of the accident and determined it was the car at fault, not the woman. The car had a defective ignition switch that caused the car to turn off and lose power to the steering, brakes and airbags. GM never informed the woman or her attorney about this defect. The woman then filed a state petition of writ of habeas corpus seeking to vacate the conviction after finding out about the defect. The police and prosecution both admitted if they had known about this defect they would have viewed the case quite differently. The former prosecutor even wrote a letter siding with the letter after finding out about the defect and said the grand jury likely wouldn’t’ have indicted her for manslaughter if they had known. The female driver had the habeas petition granted and the judge issued an order of acquittal. GM later recalled 2.8 million vehicles for possible ignition switch defects. 67 deaths were also attributed to the ignition switch defects. The woman filed a lawsuit against GM but withdrew it to pursue compensation from the company through the company compensation fund.
2/23/2017 9:13:21 PM

Exoneration of the day - a young 21-year-old man gets probation from misleading forensic evidence. In Houston, Texas, a young Hispanic man got arrested after they seized white powder that field tested positive for cocaine. The young man pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to probation. After tests were done on the white powder that the police claimed to be “cocaine” came back and tested negative for any controlled substance, the District Attorney contacted the defendant's defense attorney and joined in a motion to vacate the conviction. The conviction was vacated and the charge was dismissed. For more details on this case and other cases involving someone wrongly being convicted of a crime, visit:
2/9/2017 5:26:47 PM

Exoneration of the day- A Hispanic man was wrongfully charged of torture-murder, sentencing him 55 years in prison. This man along with four other men were wrongfully charged of torture-murder of a 56-year-old furniture dealer, by a gentlemen who falsely claimed he overheard him and the others plot the crime. Claiming he then saw the victim with them around the time of the crime. Thereafter when all they were being held for interrogation, they began to point fingers at each other. Saying they were only confessing because detectives were “beating them”. Another man confessed saying he had only punched the victim but denied he had anything to do with the murder. In 1999, the first man was convicted and sentenced 55 years in prison, while the second one remained in jail awaiting for trial. Finally in 2002 the second man pled guilty and was sentenced 12 years. Meaning that with a day-for-day good time he would be released in 2003. The truth finally came to an open when the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago developed evidence that the crime had actually been over a drug-related kidnappings and torture committed by nine members of the Latin Kings street gang. When finding out the truth, the U.S. Attorney charged the man who said he overheard the men plotting the crime with, making false statements implicating the innocent men in the crime. In 2003 prosecution dismissed the charges against the men and in 2006 the jury awarded them $6.74 million in their lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department. And the first man who was sentenced 55 years was compensated $132,777. For more details on this case and other cases involving someone wrongly being convicted of a crime, visit:
2/3/2017 11:00:03 PM

Exoneration of the Day – Police in Arizona arrested a man and charged him with aggravated assault for striking another man with a gun The man with the gun was charged was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, went to trial before the Judge Wallace Hoggatt, who heard the evidence without a jury. The “victim” testified that the man punched him and struck him in the head with a gun. The “attacker” was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. A post-conviction petition for a new trial was filed after a witness came forward and said that the “victim” admitted that the “attacker” never attacked him. The witness said that the “victim” made up the story because he believed that the “attacker had sex with his daughter. The Judge vacated the conviction and ordered a new trial and the charge was dismissed. The “attacker” was actually convicted years later of a different aggravated assault and sentenced to seven years in prison. For more details on this case and other cases involving someone wrongly being convicted of a crime, visit:
1/24/2017 9:52:10 PM

Exoneration of the Day – Man Wrongly Sentenced to 15 Year in Prison for Aggravated Assault A woman was violently attacked working at a plumbing company in Houston resulting in her laying in a coma for ten days. She emerged from the coma and picked a former co-worker as the attacker. Although the police removed scrapings from the victim’s finger nails and both the prosecution and defense attorneys requested they be analyzed, the judge refused. After the former co-worker was convicted he retained a new attorney who discovered valuable evidence had been ignored by the previous attorney including the victims cell phone was stolen and used after the violent attack. The police had also previously identified the person who was using the cell phone and the new attorney decided to pursue how this person obtained the phone and whom this person had called after the attacks. The new attorney traced the trail of the stolen phone to yet another former co-worker who also had an altercation with the victim. The trial court recommended the false accused man receive a new trial and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned his conviction and granted him a new trial. He was released on bail until the prosecutors could dismiss the charges. The wrongly convicted man received a pardon and a lump sum of $333,333 and a monthly annuity from the state of $2,475. To read more about this case and other wrongly convicted people who were later found not-guilty, visit:
1/19/2017 4:29:55 PM

Man spends 11 years behind bars – DA’s were venue shopping so they could win the case As reported on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, January 9th, 2017, Raymond Lee Jennings, a security guard who was convicted of killing an 18 year old teenager in Palmdale, California, and served over a decade in prison, was found innocent of the charges. The irony is the same district attorney’s office that prosecuted him is now fighting to have the case dropped. Los Angeles County prosecutors filed a letter in court this week saying based on newly discovered evidence pointing to Jenning’s innocence that the conviction should be tossed. Out. Jenning’s had been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. This involved multiple trials with hung juries and yet the DA still kept pushing for trial after trial until they got what they wanted, a conviction for this innocent man. Jenning’s has spent 11 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and constantly thinks about the effect this has had on his family including the children he has never seen grow up or the life experiences that were taken from him. If anyone can imagine this happening to them and their families, the thought would be terrifying. To read more about this recent tragedy of justice, along with many other similar incidents, please visit:
1/6/2017 9:05:06 PM

Exoneration of the day – Man Framed with Cocaine by Police Officer A man in Schaumburg, Illinois was arrested for possession of cocaine by two police officers who claimed the arrested man confessed he had the cocaine in his garage. The man claimed the police officer’s statement that he showed the officers the cocaine in his garage was false and that the police officers must have planted the evidence there to arrest him. The officer testified the defendant did show him where it was. The defendant fearing he would be placed in prison for a long period of time pled guilty to reduce the charges. Several years later the two officers along with a third officer were indicted on corruption charges for moving drugs onto the street they stole from drug dealers. The investigation all began when 9 ounces of cocaine were found in a shed and an informant informed the authorities he was selling this cocaine for the police officers who had supplied him with it. All three police officers resigned from their jobs and two of them received lengthy prison sentences of 24-26 year each after pleading guilty (the third was still awaiting trial). The man originally charged with the cocaine filed a motion seeking to vacate his conviction based on the charges against the two police officers and the country circuit court judge vacated his conviction. The State’s Attorney’s Office dismissed the case and the defendant was released from prison. He then filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the officers and the city and the case settled in his favor for $90,000. To read more about this case visit:
1/5/2017 4:27:37 PM

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