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Crosley Green

Crowell & Moring Pro Bono Client Fights to Prove Innocence

About the Case

Mr. Green

Crowell & Moring pro bono client Crosley Green walked out of prison on April 7, 2021, into the open arms of his family after spending more than three decades incarcerated for a murder he did not commit.

Mr. Green served nearly 32 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, and he was resentenced to life in prison.

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 U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida Orlando Division to request Mr. Green’s immediate release. U.S. District Court Judge Roy B. Dalton granted the motion on April 7, 2021 citing health risks stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that Mr. Green’s conviction was overturned nearly three years ago by the same court. In addition, Judge Dalton found that Mr. Green has been a “model prisoner” who would pose no danger to the public, based on a declaration from the prison’s warden obtained by Crowell & Moring. Mr. Green was released the same day.

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; and Crowell & Moring senior pro bono paralegal Virginia Martin, along with many other Crowell & Moring lawyers and staff.

Additional information:

  • Crosley Green Fact Sheet
  • April 8, 2021 - News release: “Crowell & Moring Client Crosley Green Freed from Prison”
  • April 18, 2019 - Mr. Green’s brief to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in response to the State’s appeal  
  • 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
  • CBS "48 Hours" story about Crosley Green

Supporters of Mr. Green have organized an official “Support Crosley Green GoFundMe” fundraiser. This fundraiser is not affiliated with or managed by Crowell & Moring. Mr. Green’s ongoing case is handled free of charge by the law firm of Crowell & Moring as a pro bono matter, and no portion of these funds will be used for legal fees related to Mr. Green’s case. 

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