However the case of Joseph Heard is classified, there’s no question that Goodwin Procter lawyers did important work for him. Deaf and mute, Heard, 46, suffered for nearly two years in a D.C. jail, trying to tell officers he was not guilty of any wrongdoing. He scrawled the word “innocent” on a scrap of paper and communicated to another inmate that his jailing was a mistake.

But his pleas were ignored or laughed at. Now, due to the efforts of Goodwin Procter, Heard has collected $1.7 million in compensation for his unlawful detention, and the law firm is seeking reimbursement of its fees and expenses.

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