Super Lawyers in the News: Making a Murderer, Illusion of Justice, Empire of Pain and HUD

Super Lawyers list selectees come from a wide array of backgrounds and possess a vast array of abilities. As a result, they often end up in the news, whether because of the cases they represent or the distinction they receive. So here are a few of the latest noteworthy items from Super Lawyers listees in the last couple months.

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Katherine Zellner - The subject of the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers Magazinecover told reports last month that Steven Avery, the man convicted for murder and portrayed in the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer," was framed for the 2005 crime. She cites that the experiments of a bloodstain expert undermine the claims which put Avery, no 55 years old, in jail where he is serving life in prison without parole. Read the full story.

Jerry Buting - ABC announced that a legal drama based on Buting's book, "Illusion of Justice," is in development. In the book, Buting, who also defended Steven Avery, writes about his experience with the "Making a Murderer" case and how it intertwines with other high profile cases in his criminal defense career. Read our Q&A with Buting from 2012 here and learn more about what ABC has in store for "Illusion of Justice" here.

Paul Hanly - According to a recent The New Yorker feature on the opioid crisis, Hanly, a Super Lawyers list selectee and New York trial lawyer, brought a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma with five thousand patient signatures in 2003. Now working with Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore, Hanly and other attorneys are bringing "a fresh wave of lawsuits against Purdue and other pharmaceutical companies." Read the entire piece.

J. Paul Compton, Jr. - Nominated last May by President Donald Trump and confirmed in December, Compton is now serving as counsel to Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Compton is a partner with the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and he was a Super Lawyers list selectee from 2008-2014. He is also the outside general counsel to the Alabama Affordable Housing Association and a member and former state chairman of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development. He was sworn in by Dr. Carson on January 5.

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