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Cheryl A. Pilate

Wrong Cheryl A. Pilate?


Phone: (913) ***-****  
Local Address:  Olathe , Kansas , United States

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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About MIP | Midwest Innocence Project, 8 Mar 2014 [cached]
Cheryl Pilate
Cheryl Pilate, a board ..., 30 Aug 2008 [cached]
Cheryl Pilate, a board member of the Innocence Project and the attorney for one of the defendants, said she believed the government ignored critical evidence and important leads.
"We hope and anticipate that individuals with relevant information about the case will continue to come forward," Pilate said.
Ellen Reasonover, 3 Jan 2012 [cached]
Reasonover and Attorney Cheryl Pilate It also took nearly five years in attorney Cheryl Pilate's career to help free the woman Pilate steadfastly believed to be innocent from the first day she became involved in the case. Pilate is a member of the Midwestern Innocence Project's Board of Directors.
The firm's principal, James Wyrsch, turned the case over to Pilate, who was later joined by Charles Rogers.
Pilate and her colleagues asserted in their pleadings that the prosecutor knowingly allowed false testimony at trial, hid powerful exculpatory evidence, misled the jury in his closing argument and made misrepresentations to the court in a post-trial hearing.
In 2004, with Pilate again at her side, Reasonover received a $7.5 million settlement to be paid by the insurance company for Dellwood, Missouri.
"Ellen is one of the luckier exonerees, if you can believe it," said Pilate.
   Cheryl ..., 10 Nov 2011 [cached]
   Cheryl Pilate
Since graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1990, Cheryl Pilate has dedicated her law practice to the protection of individual rights, including the representation of criminal defendants and others who have suffered a violation of their constitutional rights. She believes that when a citizen faces criminal charges, there is nothing more important than having a strong, dedicated and effective advocate at his or her side.
Cheryl is perhaps best known for her work on innocence cases, including obtaining the exoneration and release of persons convicted of crimes they did not commit. Cheryl currently serves as vice president of the Midwest Innocence Project, an organization that advocates for and seeks the release of the wrongfully convicted.
Cheryl's diverse practice includes not only the zealous representation of criminal defendants, but also the representation of individuals who have suffered illegal discrimination or other violations of their constitutionally protected rights. She has also successfully sued on behalf of the wrongfully convicted, obtaining rightful compensation for years of lost liberty.
Cheryl has represented criminal defendants in the most serious and complex of criminal cases, running the gamut from first-degree and capital murder to drug and "white collar" cases including alleged fraud, tax evasion and internet "solicitation" or pornography crimes. She primarily practices in federal court, but also accepts some state court cases.
Cheryl is a 1976 graduate of the University of Michigan, where she served as co-editor-in-chief of the Michigan Daily. For several years after graduation, she worked as a newspaper reporter, including five years at the Wichita Eagle & Beacon. She obtained a Master's in social work from the University of Kansas in 1983 and her law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1990. Cheryl graduated with honors, then spent two years serving as a law clerk for the Honorable John R. Gibson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Cheryl worked for 15 years at the firm of Wyrsch, Hobbs & Mirakian. She became a shareholder at Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian in 1992 and remained there until opening her own practice with Melanie Morgan in June 2007.
Cheryl has successfully represented numerous defendants facing capital charges as well as clients on death row. Her work on behalf of the wrongfully convicted included the successful representation of Ellen Reasonover, who served more than 16 years in prison for a murder she did not commit, and her representation of Darryl Burton, who served 24 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
After working, along with others, to obtain Ms. Reasonover's release, Cheryl led a team of lawyers in obtaining civil damages for Ms. Reasonover to compensate her for the years of lost liberty.
Cheryl also represented in a civil lawsuit two other men who were wrongfully convicted, Dennis Fritz and Ron Williamson.
Cheryl is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Missourians Against the Death Penalty, and the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty. She also has been recognized as among the "Top 50 Women Lawyers" in Kansas and Missouri. Cheryl has also received from Martindale Hubbell the highest rating, an "AV" rating. .
Academy for Life & Faith [cached]
with David Everson & Cheryl Pilate
David Everson and Cheryl Pilate are lawyers, both with experience advocating for wrongly convicted prisoners.
David is a partner with Stinson Morrison Hecker, and Cheryl practices in Olathe at Morgan Pilate LLC.
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