An appeal is your chance to argue that the jury got it wrong or that the trial judge or prosecution violated your rights. You are not allowed to bring new evidence. The process basically consists of our office and the Attorney General’s office arguing on paper, rather than in front of a jury.
Richard Kammen is a practicing criminal defense lawyer with his office in Indianapolis, Indiana. He concentrates his practice in white-collar defense, complex crimes, health care issues as well as death penalty defense. He is a member of the law firm of Gilroy, Kammen & Hill. He graduated from Ripon College cum laude in 1968 and New York University School of Law in 1971. Admitted to the Bar in 1971, he began his practice after service in the United States Army.
During his professional career, Mr. Kammen has served as a public defender in the Marion County Courts on two occasions, 1972-1974 and 1978-1979.
He presently maintains an active criminal defense practice in both the state and federal courts, acting as both retained and appointed counsel. He has represented clients charged with offenses ranging in seriousness from felony drunk driving to Racketeering and Capital Murder.
Mr. Kammen has defended many homicide cases including death penalty cases in both State and Federal courts. Mr. Kammen has been trial counsel on six State death penalty cases, including State of Indiana v. Charles Smith, a retrial of a reversed death penalty conviction in which the defendant was found not guilty. He has been appointed by United States District Judges to represent capitally charged defendants throughout the United States including such cases as United States v. Raymond Cheely (Government's request for death penalty dismissed as improper) United States v. Reginald Brown (Government's request for death penalty and underlying Murder charges dismissed because the defendant is innocent) and United States v. Joe Minerd, in which the defendant, convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend and her three year old with a bomb received a life sentence. His is currently “learned counsel” in United States v. Donnell Young, which is the oldest pending Federal capital case in the United States.
A frequent speaker and lecturer on criminal defense issues, Mr. Kammen has spoken in almost every state and federal circuits. He has been a member of the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College since 1982 and the Trial Lawyers College since 2001.
Mr. Kammen is the recipient of the Pro Bono Award given by the Indiana Bar Association.