NOT GUILTY on all counts. Defendant - a university grad student in her late 20s - was accused of battering a female in her early 60s and an 11 yr old child in a parking lot brawl. On both counts, the defendant's exposure was a fine of $2,000 and/or 6 months in jail or both. My numerous photographs, diagrams, and hour-long courtroom testimony helped convince the jury that the elderly female was the aggressor - the district attorney portrayed her as the "poor old lady." The jury deliberated 30 minutes and delivered a unanimous not guilty verdict on both charges.
CASE DISMISSED against a Nevada County man charged with murder. Since his arrest in May 2018, the defendant - who had 25 to life hanging over his head - maintained his innocence. The defendant was alleged to have been in possession of the victim's car and credit cards around the time that he was taken into custody. In August 2018, a witness interview I conducted clearly pointed to a different suspect. It appeared the DA ignored that interview until October 2019 when a witness came forward and provided a statement that supported my August 2018 interview. After reviewing the statements, the DA did not feel that the case could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and the case was dismissed.
NOT GUILTY verdict on all charges. My courtroom testimony helped convince the jury that the evidence presented by the district attorney did not support allegations that included lewd conduct. The jury's acquittal was likely influenced by the young prosecutor's personal attacks on the seasoned defense investigator... a retired deputy sheriff. As San Francisco federal trial lawyer and published author, Michael Mortimer, once wrote in an article intended for other attorneys, "Putting on an act in the courtroom may not be as entertaining as you think."
NOT GUILTY on all charges, including murder and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Client was charged along with a prominent criminal defense lawyer, three CHP Officers, and his own brother. After fighting through the third-longest criminal trial in California history, the jury came back with acquittals on all charges for all defendants.
CASE DISMISSED against client who was charged with murder and robbery in connection with a marijuana grow. Enhancements included great bodily injury and use of a gun. Two co-defendants were sentenced to lengthy prison terms after reaching plea agreements with the DA and testifying against client. A Superior Court judge ruled that Nevada County authorities “repeatedly violated” constitutional principles by ignoring or bypassing the client's rights.
NOT GUILTY verdict on all charges for murder conspiracy with gang enhancements. Client was released from custody on the day of the verdict. The prosecution used wiretap phone calls, informant testimony, gang expert opinions, and rap videos in an attempt to prove a conspiracy that client was trying to kill alleged gang rivals. Client was facing 35 years to life in prison.
NOT GUILTY on all charges for the client - a member of the Vallejo Chapter of the Hells Angels. Client was charged with felony assault with great bodily injury. The alleged victim was a police officer’s son, who bumped into the client’s female friend. When client asked him to apologize, the cop’s son refused. The jury acquitted based on self-defense.
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