I worked on the committee to free Santiago Ventura Morales and was involved in a number of meetings with Paul De Muniz. We did not know that the odds were 99 to 1 against us, but certainly understood the legal establishment does not look favorably on post-conviction relief. De Muniz guided us to practical solutions such as the hiring of a private investigator in order to factually prove what we all believed. He did all his work on a strictly pro bono basis and helped us obtain the services of another great attorney, Walter Todd, when he had to leave the case because of his judicial appointment. Thank you for recognizing De Muniz for his incredible service to Oregon as both a public and private citizen.

Ed Derksen

Black Butte Ranch