In 1974, on his 18th birthday, Richard Langone shot and killed another youth during a fight over a girl while both of them were high on drugs. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
While in prison, he attained a bachelor's degree with honors from SUNY New Paltz and subsequently a master's degree.
He studied law and became a renowned lawyer helping countless inmates with their cases. He won the right for persons serving life sentences to marry; he overturned 400 years of precedent to do it.
His accomplishments were so impressive that both the judge and theÂ prosecutor in his case called for his early release from prison. His case was featured in a publication of the New York State Correctional Association titled "Do They Belong In Prison? A Critique on Mandatory Sentences."
After 13 yrs in prison, he was placed on work release and for two years worked for an appellate attorney as a paralegal.
Mr. Langone was discharged from parole supervision in 1993 and entered law school in 1995. He graduated Touro Law Center with honors in 1998 and was on both Moot Court and Law Review. Being a perpetual student, he went back to Touro in 2000 and attained an LLM degree, again graduating with honors.He has been an adjunct professor of law at Touro and as written and lectured on jurisprudence.
Mr. Langone's office is in Garden City, NY, where he practices appellate litigation, criminal law and personal injury law. Cases he has won have been featured on the front pages of the New York Law Journal seven times in just the past two years. Just this past July 9, 2012, Mr. Langone won a major case of first impression in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in which the Court held that a prisoner who can make a colorable claim of actual innocence may seek a federal writ of habeas corpus even if his or her time to bring the writ has expired under EADPA's one year statute of limitations.
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