Starr had left his job as independent counsel and returned to his law firm, Kirkland & Ellis, where [Robin Lovitt]'s case had become a pro bono project. Last year, Starr became one of Lovitt's lead attorneys after being disturbed by how much he says went wrong, both in Lovitt's childhood and in his legal proceedings, including the destruction of nearly all physical evidence from his trial.
Lovitt did not fare well at his 1999 trial, where prosecutors told a starkly different story. They said Lovitt came to the 24- hour pool hall to steal money when no one was there. Confronted by Dicks, they said, Lovitt grabbed a pair of scissors from the bar and stabbed him six times. Two customers walked in on the scene and called 911, they said; one told jurors that he was 80 percent sure Lovitt was the assailant. A cellmate of Lovitt's testified that Lovitt had confessed. Lovitt did not take the stand.
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