Press Release

Morgan Lewis Secures Release of Domestic Abuse Survivor Unjustly Convicted of Murder

November 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES, November 14, 2018: After a decade-plus fight, Morgan Lewis recently secured the release of pro bono client Kelly Savage from a California prison where she had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Ms. Savage was unjustly convicted of a murder committed by her husband, who abused her throughout their relationship and beat her 3-year-old son to death when she was making plans to escape the abusive marriage. Her husband was convicted of the murder, and Ms. Savage was convicted under an aiding-and-abetting theory.

Morgan Lewis launched what would become a nearly 12-year battle for relief in 2007 and, in 2017, obtained a rare commutation of sentence from California Governor Jerry Brown. On November 5, 2018, during Ms. Savage’s first and only parole hearing, the firm successfully persuaded the California Board of Parole Hearings to grant her freedom after serving 23 years in prison.

The Morgan Lewis team representing Ms. Savage was led by partner Rollin Chippey and associate Christina Harper.