David Schultz, partner in Maslon's Litigation Group, was interviewed with pro bono client Terry Olson on an MPR News with Tom Weber segment titled, "Terry Olson, the man who would be free," on Friday, October 21. During the program, Terry and David discuss Terry's recent release from prison through the Innocence Project of Minnesota (IPMN) after serving over eleven years of incarceration for a crime he didn't commit. Terry states of his newfound freedom, "Being able to get back into doing what it is you want and need to do rather than being directed as to where to be and what to do all day long. You have the privileges now that aren't allowed to you in prison."
David and Terry also detailed the story of how Terry got convicted, even with a lack of evidence and while he consistently maintained his innocence. David states of the criminal justice system, "I think there is a great deal of cynicism on the part of prosecutors who have seen day in and day out horrific crimes; judges who hear these trials and sentence people; and frankly even criminal defense lawyers who have to be at least some portion cynical in order to do their job."
To listen to the full interview, go to: MPR News—"Terry Olson, the man who would be free."
David Schultz is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on high stakes litigation in the areas of product liability, healthcare, commercial disputes, civil and criminal fraud, and intellectual property. David has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout the country. He is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. David has taught trial advocacy at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). He has been a member of the Board of Directors for Innocence Project of Minnesota since 2004 and is dedicated to pro bono service.