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Paul Casteleiro

Centurion Ministries
Legal Director
Princeton, NJ, USA


Paul Casteleiro is Legal Director at Centurion Ministries (CM), a Princeton, New Jersey based non-profit organization focused exclusively on freeing innocent and wrongfully convicted and imprisoned individuals. CM, founded in 1983, is recognized as the pioneer in the field of innocence work specializing in reinvestigating and freeing factually innocent people in both the United States and Canada. Mr. Casteleiro is an experienced criminal trial and appellate attorney who managed his own law practice in Hoboken, New Jersey for 36 years. During that time he helped free from prison and exonerate eleven individuals while working with Centurion Ministries, including two individuals whose murder convictions were reversed, then retried and acquitted. Independent of CM in his own law practice he helped to free and exonerate four other individuals.

In 2014 Mr. Casteleiro closed his law practice and joined Centurion Ministries fulltime as its Legal Director.

Mr. Casteleiro received his law degree from Rutgers School of Law, and during his law school years he clerked for Morton Stavis, Esq., a noted civil rights attorney and one of the founders of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He was a Public Defender in New Jersey for three years and an attorney with the New York Legal Aid Society for one year before going into private practice.

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