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Death row inmate has a new champion in legendary lawyer who plans to have him freed


Legendary San Francisco civil rights attorney J. Tony Serra received a warm welcome Friday in Fresno County Superior Court in his first appearance in the death penalty case of Douglas Ray Stankewitz.

After introducing himself to Judge Arlan Harrell, Serra said he and his colleague, attorney Curtis Briggs, were ready to join Stankewitz’s defense team for free.

Harrell said it was “highly commendable” of Serra and Curtis to offer to work pro bono on Stankewitz’s case, but first, Fresno defense lawyer Peter Jones, the lead attorney, has to file an affidavit, explaining why he needs two more lawyers to assist him.

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