Attorney Don Cowan
Joseph Rodriguez / News & Record
A Superior Court judge contacted Greensboro lawyer Don Cowan in 1987 asking him to take the appeal of Willie Brown, a Martin County man sentenced to death in 1983 for first-degree murder.
Although Cowan had never handled a capital case, he knew of their grueling and time-consuming nature. Cases bounce up and down among appeals courts. Hopes of lawyers and defendants soar and plunge.
But Cowan accepted, and not only that, he agreed to work without fee — “pro bono.” He’d only get expenses.