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Crosley Green

Crowell & Moring Pro Bono Client Fights to Prove Innocence

About the Case

Mr. Green

Crowell & Moring represents Crosley Green in his fight to prove his innocence in the 1989 murder of Charles “Chip” Flynn Jr.

Mr. Green has served more than 30 years in prison, including 19 years on Florida’s death row, while maintaining his innocence. Crowell & Moring has represented Mr. Green pro bono since 2008 on referral from the ABA Death Penalty Project.

On September 5, 1990, an all-white jury convicted Mr. Green of first-degree murder of Mr. Flynn, a 22-year-old man in Titusville, Fla., and sentenced him to death. In 2009, Crowell & Moring won Mr. Green’s release from death row. He is currently serving a life sentence.

On July 20, 2018, the firm secured a critical victory in the case when a federal court in Orlando, Fla., granted Mr. Green’s petition for habeas corpus. The court found that Mr. Green’s constitutional rights were violated when Brevard County, Fla., prosecutors withheld key exculpatory evidence of Mr. Green’s innocence in his 1990 trial for the murder of Mr. Flynn.

The state of Florida is appealing the ruling, arguing that Mr. Green should not be granted a new trial. The case is currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

As Mr. Green’s case awaits a ruling from the appellate court, Crowell & Moring filed an emergency motion at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to request Mr. Green’s immediate release due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Calhoun Correctional Institution in Blountstown, Fla. The motion was denied.

Mr. Green’s pro bono legal team includes: Crowell & Moring partners Keith J. HarrisonJeane A. Thomas and Vincent J. Galluzzo; Nichols Liu partner Robert Rhoad; former Crowell & Moring associate Stacie Lieberman; and Crowell & Moring senior pro bono paralegal Virginia Martin.

Additional information:

  • Crosley Green Fact Sheet
  • July 20, 2018 - News release: “Federal Judge Declares: Grant New Trial to Crowell & Moring Client Crosley Green or Set Him Free,” and the federal court’s order
  • April 18, 2019 - Mr. Green’s brief to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in response to the State’s appeal  
  • CBS "48 Hours" story about Crosley Green

For more information about Mr. Green’s case:

Members of the public:
Visit the Justice for Crosley Green Facebook page for further updates.

Media contact:
Nicole Quigley
Senior Communications Advisor
+1 202.624.2849