Governor Cuomo Commutes Sentence of Firm Pro Bono Client

December 27, 2017

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today granted clemency to Patterson Belknap pro bono client Michael Flournoy. Mr. Flournoy is forty-two years old and has served 21 years of a 25-to-50-year sentence for criminal charges. Mr. Flournoy received the commutation, which the victim in the underlying crime supported, in recognition of the exemplary manner in which he served his time. Given the incredible strides he has made to rehabilitate himself, including through education, therapeutic programs, and volunteer work, his further incarceration would have served no purpose. The Firm, along with our partner, New York County Lawyers' Association, is very pleased that Governor Cuomo is committed to using his clemency power to advance justice and mercy.

To read the press release issued by The Office of the Governor of the State of New York, click here.