Nick Trenticosta, Director, Center for Equal Justice

Nick Trenticosta Nicholas Trenticosta has actively worked to abolish the death penalty since 1980. He is the Director of the Center for Equal Justice, a not-for-profit law firm representing persons facing the death penalty primarilly in post conviction proceedings, and plaintiffs in civil rights actions. He and his wife and law partner, Susana Herrero, staff the El Salvador Capital Assistance Project, a program of the Embassy of El Salvador. The Project works on capital cases involving Salvadoran nationals throughout the country. He has represented two clients in the United States Supreme Court, including Curtis Kyles, an innocent man who was wrongfully convicted and freed from prison after serving thirteen years on death row. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Loyola University School of Law, and has lectured extensively at death penalty conferences and training programs throughout the country.

Mr. Trenticosta currently represents the "Angola 3": Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox, and Robert King in a civil rights action challenging their over three decades of detention in solitary confinement at the former slave plantation known as Angola. The length of their time in solitary conditions was described by Magistrate Judge Docia L. Dalby as "far beyond the pale," and Mother Jones magazine recently asked whether this was a case that would "test the use of solitary confinement in American prisons."

Mr. Trenticosta also represents Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox in their post conviction challenges to their convictions for the murder of a prison guard at Angola in 1972. A federal judge reversed Mr. Woodfox's conviction last year and the case is presently on appeal in the 5th Circuit; Mr. Wallace's case is currently pending in the Louisiana Supreme Court after successfully winning reversal in state court. These men were targetted by prison officials because of their membership in the Black Panther Party. Their convictions are based upon prison snitches who were handsomely rewarded for their testimony, facts that were kept hidden by the prosecution.