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Meet Frank Amodeo
Mr. Amodeo's achievements as a post-conviction advocate in the last 10-years are quantifiable... 
If you find yourself on this website, you are most likely looking for assistance and solutions to deal with injustice, corruption or other frustrating issues associated with a conviction.  Mr. Amodeo's achievements as a post-conviction advocate in the last 10-years are quantifiable, and case listings are provided here so you can access the filings and documents for use in applying to similar issues. He has dedicated thousands of hours of pro bono advocacy; has litigated cases in all of the Circuit Court of Appeals; has been granted certiorari at the Supreme Court; has overturned Fourth Circuit precedent and won eighty-nine reversals on appeal.
In the cases where he has acted as the principal, primary, or sole advocate,
his achievements include:
  • 702 sentences reduced
  • 1,892 years of unnecessary imprisonment eliminated
  • More than $105,840,000 tax dollars saved
 
The scope and breadth of his appellate and post-conviction experience rival any criminal defense attorney, past or present. Experience, which manifests itself in the following successes:
  • 1 U.S. Supreme Court Grant of Certiorari
  • 6 U.S. Supreme Court Orders for the Solicitor General to respond
  • 124 Successful section 2255 motions to vacate
  • 138 Grantings of reconsiderations, reversals, or certificates of appealability
 
Additionally, Mr. Amodeo's practice has included esoteric and exotic procedures born of necessity, such as addressing the conditions of prison, the indigency of his clients and the procedural labyrinth that governs criminal and habeas law. Among the extraordinary procedures successfully used include:
  • Five recall the mandates
  • A section 2241 writ of habeas corpus
  • A second-in-time original section 2255 motion
  • A writ of coram nobis
  • Two Rule 36 motions that had substantive impact
  • Approximately two dozen successful section 3582(c)(2) motions
  • Two dozen second or successive section 2255 motions
  • Four Presidential sentence commutations
  • Two compassionate releases
  • First prisoner initiated (and completed) section 404 reductions
  • A Supreme Court reconsideration of a dismissed Certiorari petition
  • And more…
 
To put this into perspective, less than 1% of the attorneys who have filed and attempted, have ever won certiorari; less than one-tenth of 1% have ever had 6 Solicitor General responses ordered.
Understanding the History ~
The first thing you should immediately notice if you choose to explore Frank Amodeo’s personal history, is that Mr. Amodeo believes in full disclosure. He rose to incredible levels of money and power including meetings at the White House as a consultant for President George W Bush; as well as for NATO and others.  He is an incredible problem solver, though his methodology is unique. 

 
The second thing you will notice is that he’s taken his own situation of being illegally incarcerated and turned it into a massive system of organizing inmates and applying his talents to achieve incredible results as a post-incarceration advocate.  We are aware of the irony of many convicted felons claiming innocence.  So, in the spirit of that full disclosure we previously mentioned, we’ve provided some of the corresponding legal documents for Frank Amodeo's history and case, along with the full narrative so you can walk it thru yourself should you choose.  But to give you a shortcut, here’s a quick summary of facts…
 
When the IRS and the U.S Attorney couldn’t find a legal way to convict Mr. Amodeo for his unique business method; and he was amassing large financial resources in various parts of the world successfully without them being able to control him; they used his mental illness as a weapon against him.  They started by arresting him after a year of not being able to prove a financial crime, thru visible investigation that Mr. Amodeo agreed to participate in.  After his arrest, they immediately forced him to take massive (and later found to be toxic levels) of anti-psychotic medications for his Bi-polar condition.  This allowed them to be able to declare him incompetent to represent himself, and further their control over him during the judicial process and beyond.  They knew they needed a confession, so they illegally threatened his attorney on multiple occasions until he was willing to covertly bring Mr. Amodeo into court for an illegal hearing.  Pumped so full of drugs, he was barely aware of what was happening or where he was.  And to further assure they could get him to agree to a plea deal and admission of guilt, they illegally held the hearing in secret without notifying Mr. Amodeo’s court appointed Guardian.  From those hearings the U.S Attorney was able to force a 22 ½ year sentence in federal prison.  But the illegal activities on the part of the government didn’t stop there.
 
Once incarcerated, they needed to make sure Mr. Amodeo was kept heavily medicated and incapacitated for a minimum of 12-months.  This would assure the time-bar would expire on his ability to file an appeal against the illegal hearings; his attorney’s part in it; the judge's complicity; being separated from his court appointed guardian; etc.  It took well past the deadline before he was able to convince the prison psychiatrist to stop over medicating him, and then he began in earnest to file his appeal motions.  In the end, the courts acknowledged that it was, indeed, illegal to have him sign a plea agreement while heavily medicated, separated from his guardian, and after being legally declared incompetent.  But they refused to release him from federal prison because he had missed the filing deadline of 12-months to bring this to the court’s attention.  His filings were also revealing the truth about the judge who allowed it, and with that judge still presiding over the case, there has been visible proof that until Mr. Amodeo can get this judge removed, he may very well continue to be blocked at every turn.
 
Mr. Amodeo is still waging war against the judicial system demanding they release him now that they admit he is illegally incarcerated, and we have provided many of those filings here should you wish to review them.  So, you can see by analysis that this isn’t a claim of innocence without proof and documentation.  And the path that led him to become a target may yet become a movie production.
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His work as a Corporate Strategist
In the business world Mr. Amodeo was a successful corporate strategist.  He used his experience in bankruptcy law to acquire distressed companies, and assimilate them into a larger whole with the goal of creating a more efficient and profitable outcome. The businesses he acquired were strategically interwoven to create more business for each other, while also reducing the frictional costs of operation. Most of the acquired companies were severely distressed. Mr. Amodeo would secure the resources necessary to salvage the businesses and quickly incorporate them into the network of other companies in the enterprise. The process was designed to infuse new revenue into the distressed companies, while preserving their remaining resources and making a good faith effort to ensure all creditors a fair resolution. Between the year 2000, when he borrowed $1,300 from a friend to get started, and December of 2006, Mr. Amodeo would acquire more than 85 companies. By 2006 the conglomerate's revenues were nearly a billion dollars and altogether, they employed more than 40,000 people.
​​To understand his foundation education and capabilities, it helps to get a quick tour of his biography. 
 
Frank Amodeo was born in Detroit, Michigan, and then raised in Orlando, Florida. During high school, he served as the student advisory member to the Orange County School Board, was Student Council President for Oak Ridge High School, and obtained a national ranking as a competitive extemporaneous speaker.
 
Mr. Amodeo obtained a political science degree from the University of Central Florida. During college he established two businesses: a chain of five gift stores and a clock mechanism import business. In 1984, he sold these businesses and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he attended Emory University's College of Law and at night participated in the Georgia State University's Doctoral Program in Quantitative Financial Economics.
 
In 1988, his father contracted cancer, which caused Mr. Amodeo to cut short his economics doctoral program. He took the Georgia Bar Exam and began practicing law. In the early 1990s, Mr. Amodeo became a preeminent bankruptcy attorney; instrumental in changing how child support collections were made on a national level, part of the vanguard in the use of lien stripping, and innovating how the IRS treats a codebtor when a codebtor is in bankruptcy. In less than three years his firm became one of the five largest bankruptcy firms in Atlanta and one of the top 100 in the country.
 
But this meteoric rise, crashed in an equally brilliant blaze of glory. In the mid, 1990s, Mr. Amodeo was disbarred, declared bankrupt, and convicted of mail fraud after his mental health issues of bi-polar disorder lead to over work and hospitalization for exhaustion and depression.  While hospitalized, the law practice imploded without him working the cases, and it was realized that his two partners had issues including alcoholism and where found to have embezzled client funds. In 1999, he was imprisoned for six months in the Federal shock incarceration program in Lewisburg, PA and then spent roughly seven months at the federal prison camp in Pensacola.  He hadn't been aware of the  mishandling of client funds, but he accepted responsibility. 
After leaving prison his wife, also an attorney, was on an assignment installing court systems in the former Soviet Republics. So, for about a year he was a sole parent of his daughter and down-syndrome stepson.

By 2006, despite his prior felony, Mr. Amodeo gained significant political and social connectivity while acting head of his conglometate of businesses.  He co-sponsored the bi-annual meeting of the heads of the States of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); he had responsibility for ensuring success of the "Seeds of Hope" Program in Afghanistan delivering soybeans to replace the poppy fields; and he was an advisor in the attempt to restore actual democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.
The Congo Incident
Of the many clients Mr. Amodeo assisted as a business strategist and consultant, one of the most well-known was Dr. Oscar Kashala who was running for President in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.
 
In order for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be considered a free democracy among world governing bodies, the long-term president, considered a ruthless dictator by many, was pressured into having the DRC's, first-ever elections on July 30, 2006. Dr. Oscar Kashala, a dual citizen of the US and the DRC, and a Harvard educated physician specializing in cancer research, decided to run for the presidency.
 
In addition to providing security for Dr. Kashala, Mr. Amodeo was assisting in developing an economic recovery plan for the DRC that would not only improve the standard of living in the distressed nation, but do so without plundering the DRC’s natural resources in ways that other nations and even its own rulers had exploited for more than a century. Mr. Amodeo’s sophisticated economic plan would allow the DRC to retain the country’s vast resources, but leverage these resources to support better healthcare, better education and improved infrastructure.
 
With Mr. Amodeo’s help, Dr. Kashala progressed from becoming an unknown candidate, in a crowd of at least 28 candidates, to being a contender in the top three.  Once becoming aware of Dr. Kashala as a threat to his rule, the current dictator instructed the Congolese military to arrest and detain three of Mr. Amodeo’s employees; a former police captain, a security expert and a former Secret Service agent; who were in Kinshasa, DRC, to help with Dr. Kashala’s campaign.  This incident can be viewed in the documentary “9 Days,” provided here.  It describes the story of the effort to support a campaign that would attempt to take this nation out of its third-world status and the efforts of Mr. Amodeo and a team of hundreds of people Amodeo assembled around the world, to secure the release of these three employees -- without escalating the illegal detainment into a major international incident. Interaction was orchestrated with the U.S. State Department and its law enforcement divisions, the U.S. Embassy, the European Union, the United Nations, Interpol, the Catholic Church, U.S. Senators and a variety of humanitarian organizations. These efforts were eventually successful and the three detainees were released without ever being charged with crimes and without any bribes or ransoms being paid; as is typically the case.
  
The Seeds of Hope Deliveries to Afghanistan






​April 5, 2019             

Dear Mr. Frank Amodeo,

This letter is to remember your generous financial support given to us in 2006, and to share with you what impact it has made in Afghanistan, affecting uncountable men, women and children in rural Afghanistan.

It came to my attention in 2002 that many women and children in Afghanistan were dying due to malnutrition (protein-energy malnutrition). As I was making a good living out of my Medical Nutrition expertise as the Director of Technical Services at Nestle Nutrition, I could not ignore the news about malnutrition causing the world's highest mortality rates among the women and children of Afghanistan, and decided to visit Afghanistan in May 2003 and see what one man can do for the vulnerable people in suffering.

Once you heard that from us, you did not waste a minute to arrange with the Skyline to airlift the seeds from Chicago airport to Kabul. The picture allow is the cargo flight just arriving at Kabul Airport via Dubai from Chicago. It was a miracle to our prayers, which was possible because our God had chosen to plant in you a most generous heart to bring the "Seeds of Hope" to Afghanistan, so that its people could overcome malnutrition and avoid mortality.

Because of your decision to help our soy nutrition for Afghans in 2006, I am proudly reporting to you now that a sustainable soybean industry has been established in Afghanistan during the last 15 years of our hard efforts. Many poor farmers in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan are now growing soybeans, especially to feed their growing children to overcome stunting, underweight, and immune compromised conditions. A sound national infrastructure for sustainable soy value chain has been added in Afghanistan now. From now on, the soy industry will be rapidly expanding by Afghans for Afghans toward the goal of producing 300,000 MT soybeans annually to eliminate the protein-energy malnutrition. Our mission to create the national infrastructure has been completed. Therefore, we will start transferring the program ownership to the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture while limiting our role to technical consulting as they still require our technical assistance. We may advance, God willing, to other nations who may need out knowhow and experience.


In this time of having reached our initial target, I would like to remember and honor those people who have helped us in God getting to this significant milestone. God has used you as his instrument to help our mission for the poor and malnourished. For that, I greatly respect you with all my heart. It was nice being used by God together with you.


May God remember what you did to honor him in 2006 with your financial and moral support to NEI, and bless you with abundant peace and hope at any time and at any place.

In His Grace,
Steven Kwon, Ph. D.

Founder and CEO
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Background
For the purposes of drama by the author, this narration of "The Frank Amodeo Story" compares him to a bond villan.  But in his current evolution, which spans the last decade, it would be more accurate to compare him to Batman ~ the Dark Knight.  Using his abilities and resources he has assisted hundreds of people, and by extension their families, who would otherwise be at the mercy of the injustice and corruption that plagues our court system.
Notes from his Clients
Putting it all into Perspective
While a typical Federal Defense Attorney may handle 75 to 100 cases in an entire year; and a Federal Prosecutor approximately 50 cases total; Mr Amodeo works with anywhere from 68-120 cases in the appeals process at any one time.   And in addition to actual cases in need of court filings and complex solutions on appeal, Mr. Amodeo makes himself available to answer a couple hundred legal questions each week to assist defendants in evaluting their circumstances and making decisions.​  The quick list below for October 2019 is considered a very "light" month.
October 2019 Caseload Example
Key:
p - planning/pending
o - outlined
* - written/drafted
> - in editing
x - complete

1. x - H. Bryant - Reconsideration motion
2. x - C. Whitman - Reconsideration motion
3. x - D. Davis - Reconsideration motion
4. x - T. Vincent - Reconsideration motion
5. x - D. Davis - Amended complaint
6. x - A. Cabezas - Reply brief
7. x - W. Hunt - Rule 15 supplement
8. x - R. George - Rule 15 supplement
9. > - S. Pickett - Rule 60(b) Motion
10. o - A. Williams - 2255 Motion
11. p - J. Signore - 2255 Motion
12. p - S. Jones - Reply brief
13. p - J. Galatolo - Objections to R&R
14. x - C. Stevens - Objections to r&r
15. o - L. Howard - 2255 Motion
16. p - R. Moore - 3.850 Fla. habeas petition
17. x - M. Diaz - 7.01 notice
18. o - C. Burke - 2255 Motion
19. x - T. Russell - 7.01 notice/GCT Admin. Remedy
20. * - H. Jones - Declaration from witnesses
21. * - J. Neloms - 2255 Motion
22. x - J. Lupowitz - State speedy trial action
23. x - A. Mack - Compassionate. Rel. Sent. Memo
24. o - A. Jackson - Rule 59(e)
25. x - V. Daniels - Motion for Hearing
26. o - G. Shepard - 2255 Motion
27. x - K. Descoteaux - Resp. motion
28. p - P. Hunter - 2241 Motion
29. o - Jabir - 2255 Motion
30. p - J. Morales - Reply to USA response
31. p - G. Wynne - ACCA Letter brief
32. p - G. Gish - Rule 60(b) Motion

33. x - M. Jackson - Self-representation motion
34. o - V. Cipriano - 2255 Motion
35. o - T. Carr - 2255 Motion
36. * - W. Ball - Initial brief
37. p - R. Norfus - Objections to R&R
38. p - H. Bryant - Petition for Rehearing
39. x - H. Jones - Estate notice
40. x - T. Mathauda - Reply to USA appeals motion to dismiss
41. x - C. Pendleton - 2255 Supplement
42. p - C. Wilson - AppealsBrief
43. p - E. Taylor - Appeals Brief
44. p - D. Heffield - Appeals Brief
45. p - B. Harrison - Appeals Brief
46. p - M. Sainmelus - Cert. Petition
47. p - C. Golden - Certiorari Petition
48. p - L. Smith - Cert. Petition
49. p - T. Scott - Cert. Petition
50. x - M. Owen - Appellate Brief
51. x - R. George - Motion prior custody time
52. > - S. Hassam - Forfeiture Petition
53. o - E. Feldman - Synopsis
54. p - L. Dozier - Appeals Brief
55. p - B. Martin - Setencing analysis
56. p - D. Bates - Writ ofMandamus
57. x - A. Macli - Comp. Rel. Memo
58. x - T. Griffin - Notice & immediate release request
59. p - D. Mirkovic - Appellate Brief
60. p - Y. Renteria - Cert. Petition
61. > - W. Hunt - State Detainer
62. x - T. McLeod - 2255 Motion
63. x - G. Appicela - Questions for counsel
64. o - M. Holland - 7.1 Notice action ready for disposition
65. p - J. Sells - Tn petition for habeas corpus
66. o - M. Brown - NOA 2255 motion
67. p - P. Gunter - Rule 59(e) Motion
68. o - B. James - 2241 Petition