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Kathleen Zellner      

Attorney, Known for Her Extensive Work in Wrongful Conviction Advocacy

Kathleen Zellner is an American attorney who has worked extensively in wrongful conviction advocacy. Notable clients Zellner has represented include Steven Avery, who was the subject of the 2015 Netflix series Making a Murderer.

Since Zellner began her law firm in January 1991, she has obtained the exoneration of 18 wrongfully convicted men, handling many of these cases pro bono. Ms. Zellner has secured many important exonerations that have changed law both in Illinois and the United States. In one case, she obtained the release of death row inmate Joseph Burrows by persuading the real killer to confess to the murder. The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the trial court decision releasing Burrows from death row. In 1994, Zellner represented serial killer Larry Eyler. Hoping to have his death sentence commuted, he confessed to 21 unsolved homicides. The offer was rejected and Eyler died on death row in 1994. Zellner gave the information to the authorities after Eyler died.


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