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IN THE NEWS: A career-defining moment in Derek Byrd’s law career happened April 4, 2011

A career-defining moment in Derek Byrd’s law career happened April 4, 2011, outside the Hardee County Correctional Institution.

Byrd was there to greet Derrick Williams. Wrongfully convicted on a rape charge in Manatee County in 1993, Williams had spent 18 years in prison. Byrd, a defense attorney in Sarasota, had been part of the legal team, led by the Innocence Project of Florida, which pursued the case. A judge vacated the conviction after a hearing where newly discovered DNA evidence undermined the guilty verdict. Read more below

Byrd named to list of top U.S. lawyers

Derek Byrd, partner at The Byrd Law Firm in Sarasota, was recently named in the criminal defense category in the 2009 edition of the”Best Lawyers in America” publication.

A false arrest, on hearsay and eyewitness mistakes

Derek Byrd represents Cooper Moore on a case he called a “systemic failure”.  Cooper Moore and his girlfriend had just taken their first vacation together — a cruise to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. As the ship docked, they were met by two police officers

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