Bembenek Attorney Tries To Clear Her Name After 'Bambi's' Death
MILWAUKEE - The fight to clear Lawrencia Bembenek's name continued Monday, even though she passed away over the weekend.
Lawrencia Bembenek's attorney traveled to Portland on Monday, taking care of Bembenek's end of life wishes.
"I know it's going to be hard," said Mary Woehrer, Bembenek's attorney who flew to Portland to say goodbye to her client and friend.
"I first met Bembenek when she was in prison in Canada in a cold, dark cell. "Clearly, she was a scared young woman fearful of what was going to happen to her."
Lawrencia Bembenek's Death:
Almost 20 years later, and after Bembenek's death, Woehrer is still working to clear her name.
"We've never, never accomplished what I've wanted to do as an attorney for her, and that was her promise to her father on his deathbed she'd clear the Bembenek name."
Bembenek's ex-husband, Marty Carson, is also helping.
"She will be vindicated," said Carson. "She absolutely did not commit this murder."
Woehrer insists there is still time and plenty of hope.
"No one could know Bembenek, my Laurie, and not come to love her innocence. She was dealt a terrible blow in life."
Woehrer organized the trip to spend the week with Bembenek, but now that she passed away, it's a trip to say goodbye.
Monday, Governor Doyle's office did not return a call asking about the case.
Also Monday, former Judge Michael Skwierawski said he did not plan to take a position on the pardon application. Skwierawski sentenced Bembenek twice but said he did not believe the judicial system should be involved in the governor's pardon decision, which he pointed out comes from a separate branch of government.