Pro Bono Program

“To whom much is given, much is expected.” This timeless statement summarizes the firm’s pro bono commitment. In 2006, Funk & Bolton, P.A. became part of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project. The principal focus of this work is to ensure effective representation by counsel of inmates on death row. In 2006, the firm commenced post-conviction proceedings on behalf of an individual on death row in Delaware. Notably, the firm discovered that significant exculpatory DNA evidence was not offered during the defense at trial. If you want to learn more about this matter and our work, please read the Amended Rule 61 Motion filed by the firm.

Update May 2007
The Firm filed a reply memorandum in support of our Amended Rule 61 motion for post-conviction relief filed previously. It presents twelve claims and several procedural matters to argue that the defendant was wrongly convicted.

Update April 2007
The firm successfully appealed the denial of the death row inmate’s motion for new trial. The appellate Court instructed the trial court to reconsider the motion for new trial after the parties have made an appropriate record on the DNA evidence. The DNA evidence is one of the issues asserted as grounds for post-conviction relief in the Amended Rule 61 Motion.