Jenner & Block

Pro Bono: Second Chances — The Story of Jesse Webster

 

“I’ve got some great news - the President has commuted your sentence. You’re going to be released,” Partner Jessica Ring Amunson told client Jesse Webster over the phone.

Mr. Webster had waited 21 years to hear those words.  “It was one of those moments where it [doesn’t] seem real.  It finally came,” Mr. Webster said.

In 1996, Mr. Webster was convicted of conspiracy, attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and filing false tax returns.  Even though he was a first-time offender, had no weapon, no drugs and no money when he was caught up in an aborted drug deal, mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines in place at the time left the judge with virtually no choice but to sentence him to life in prison.

Watch the video to learn how Jenner & Block lawyers fought to have Mr. Webster released from prison and to find out what he is doing today.  To read more about his case, please click here.