Recent Verdicts and Judgements

John Doe v. United States of America

New York, NY - Federal Tort Claims Act lawyer represented Appellant with appealing from the final judgment and post-judgment order entered by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in his lawsuit under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) claim. Doe is a federal inmate. The parties are familiar with the background, and so we provide only a summary. Doe is a fe ... More $0 (11-28-2021 - NY)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ROBERT V.A. HARRA, JR.

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. KEVYN N. RAKOWSKI

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendants with a conspiracy to defraud the United States, commit securities fraud, and make false statements to regulators charges. A. The Bank’s Internal Practices For many years before the Great Recession, Wilmington Trust maintained a significant commercial real estate lending practice. This department responsible for this practice iss ... More $0 (11-28-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Alexander Davis

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with an attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual conduct and for traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct charge. Davis answered an ad in the “w4m” section of Craigslist.com, where women look for casual sex with men. The ad was entitled “Wild child,” and unbeknownst to Davis, was posted by Officer D ... More $0 (11-28-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Safehouse a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation; José Benitez, as President and Treasurer of Safehouse

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendants with opening a property to others to use drugs charge. A. The federal drug laws Drug addiction poses grave social problems. The opioid crisis has made things worse: more than a hundred Americans die every day of an overdose. Dep’t of Health & Human Servs., Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon ... More $0 (11-28-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Murray Rojas

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with causing prescription animal drugs to become misbranded charge. We write solely for the parties and so recite only the facts necessary to our disposition. Pennsylvania thoroughbred horse racing regulations include the following rule: “A person acting alone or in concert may not administer or cause to be administered a substan ... More $0 (11-28-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Michelle Cantatore

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with a one count of bank robbery charge. On April 12, 2016, Cantatore pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey to one count of bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a) and one count of wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343. The District Court sentenced her to 162 months of imp ... More $0 (11-28-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Juan Lugo

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with appealing from the order of the District Court denying his motion for compassionate release. He was charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. In 2011, Lugo pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). The District Court s ... More $0 (11-28-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Carlos Maldonado a/k/a BORI

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with a conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride charge. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Maldonado pled guilty to a felony information charging him with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or mo ... More $0 (11-28-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Robert Waldon John Anderson

St. Paul, Minnesota criminal defense attorney represented defendant charged with conversion of Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loan security. Robert Waldon John Anderson, 67, used false and fraudulent statements to obtain five Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loans through a federal farm loan program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) i ... More $0 (11-28-2021 - MN)

United States of America v. Benjamin J. Wilson

Peoria, Illinois criminal defense attorney represented Defendant charged with possession of child pornography. Benjamin J. Wilson, 42, previously of Peoria, Ill, was indicted for possession of child pornography. At Wilson’s sentencing hearing, U.S. District Court Judge James E. Shadid noted the significant and long-lasting impact to the child victims depicted in the videos Wilson possessed. ... More $0 (11-28-2021 - IL)

United States of America v. Julius Greer a/k/a “POONY”

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with a conviction that held that he was not entitled to relief even though his rights under the Speedy Trial Act were violated. While Greer’s petition for certiorari review of that decision was pending before the Supreme Court, we issued a precedential opinion in United States v. Reese. 2 In Reese, we concluded that a violation of ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Amanda Ruth Schweitzer

Springfield, Missouri criminal defense attorney represented defendant charged with enticing a minor to engage in illicit sex. Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, age 42, was charged with coercion or enticement of a minor female. On June 16, 2020, Schweitzer pleaded guilty to enticing a minor for illegal sexual activity. Schweitzer was a teacher at North Middle School in Joplin at the time of the offense. T ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - MO)

United States of America v. Michael Barrett a/k/a Michael Barnett

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with Certificate of Appealability. This appeal from an order of the District Court dated December 19, 2018 denying relief came before this court pursuant to a Certificate of Appealability that was granted on October 10, 2019 and was argued on December 9, 2020. ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. James Quay a/k/a Stephen Jameson

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with two counts of securities fraud charges. Quay, a former attorney and investment advisor, pleaded guilty to two counts of securities fraud in 2019. Over the two decades prior to this conviction, he participated in several schemes selling fraudulent investment products. Due to some of this fraudulent activity, the Securities and ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Eric Alford also known as E. SMITH also known as DUB also known as E

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of powder cocaine and 50 grams or more of “crack” cocaine; and Count 2, attempt to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of powder cocaine. In 2011, based on offense conduct in 2008, Alford pleaded guilty to the following crimina ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Joseph Monroe

United States of America v. David Copes a/k/a David Henderson-Copes

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendants with a Hobbs Act robbery charge. Monroe and Copes raise two issues on appeal. First, they claim that our decision in United States v. Robinson, 2 which applied a modified categorical approach in determining that Hobbs Act robbery is a crime of violence, was abrogated by the Supreme Court’s * This disposition is not an opinion of ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. James Davis

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant convicted of honest services wire fraud and conspiracy. Davis owned Reach Communications Specialists, Inc. (“Reach”), an advertising company, and RCS Searchers, Inc. (“RCS”), a title search and deed preparation business. Since 1989, Reach published property foreclosure notices for the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office. RCS con ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - NY)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. PARIS CHURCH also known as PAY MAY, also known as PAY

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant convicted of numerous drug trafficking crimes and sentenced as a career offender. Church was charged in three different indictments for his involvement as a supplier in a large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy.2 Three jury trials resulted in his conviction on seventeen counts. The cases were consolidated for sentencing. Church’s ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - NY)

Tieku Annor v. Attorney General United States

New York, NY - Immigration lawyer represented defendant seeking review of a final order of removal. Annor is a citizen of Ghana. He first entered the United States in 2008, and then traveled back and forth between Ghana and the United States several times. In 2018, when he attempted to enter the United States once more, the Department of Homeland Security charged him with being inadmissible ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - NY)

Bairon Ramos-Padilla v. Attorney General United States

New York, NY - Immigration lawyer represented defendant seeking review of a final order of removal. Ramos-Padilla is a native and citizen of Honduras who entered the United States without inspection at the age of seventeen. He was detained by immigration officials and placed in removal proceedings, which were accelerated after he pled guilty to charges of offensive touching. In his immigrati ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. John P. Fischer

Milwaukee, Wisconsin criminal defense attorney represented Defendant charged with SSI fraud. John P. Fischer (age: 63), from Appleton, Wisconsin was indicted for Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) Fraud, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 1383a(a)(3)(A). From 2009 to 2017, Fischer fraudulently received over $73,500 in federal and state SSI benefits by knowingly concealin ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - WI)

United States of America v. Patricia Carrington

Hammond, Indiana criminal defense attorney represented Defendant charged with kidnapping. Patricia Carrington, 48, of Gary, Indiana, was pleaded guilty to kidnapping. According to documents in the case, on the night of April 14, 2019, Carrington participated in the kidnapping of a woman hoping to elicit information concerning the whereabouts of a witness in her son’s upcoming criminal case. C ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - IN)

United States of America v. Charles Piel

Indianapolis, Indiana criminal defense attorney represented Defendant charged with exploiting a minor and trafficking in child sexual abuse images. In 2020, investigators uncovered that Charles Piel, 24, had been sending and receiving images and videos of child sexual abuse over the internet, including sending such material to a minor child in Florida in 2019. Following his arrest, investigators ... More $0 (11-27-2021 - IN)

MARCIA MELENDEZ, et al v. CITY OF NEW YORK et al.

New York, NY - Constitutional law lawyer represented Plaintiffs who sued the City and various named City officials seeking a judgment declaring the challenged laws unconstitutional and for an injunction permanently enjoining their enforcement. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments at all levels—federal, state, and local—enacted laws to address health, safety, and economic conc ... More $0 (11-26-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Rico Freeman

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with one count of conspiring to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine and 280 or more grams of cocaine base. Defendant-Appellant Rico Freeman appeals from a judgment of conviction entered in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York (Vilardo, J.) following his guilty plea to one count of co ... More $0 (11-26-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. David Levy and Mark Nordlicht

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendants with securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud charges, Factual Background A. The Relevant Entities 1. Platinum Partners L.P. Defendant-appellee Mark Nordlicht and his two partners, Murray Huberfeld and David Bodner, founded Platinum – a New York-based hedge fund – in 2003. Pla ... More $0 (11-26-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Mark Jones AKA Banger

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with conspiring to sell more than 28 grams of crack cocaine and brandishing a firearm. In 2012 Mark Jones pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell more than 28 13 grams of crack cocaine and brandishing a firearm. He is serving a sentence of 14 154 months’ imprisonment and is set to be released in October 2022. Last 15 year, Jo ... More $0 (11-26-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Ferney Salas Torres and Saul Calonjes Salas

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant indicted for conspiring to manufacture, distribute, or possess a controlled substance on a vessel. The facts are drawn from the presentence reports (the "PSRs") to the extent the findings were adopted by the district court and from the evidence presented at a Fatico hearing held August 28, 2019. They may be summarized as follows: A ... More $0 (11-26-2021 - ny)

United States of America ex rel. Hassan Foreman v. AECOM et al.

New York, NY - False Claims lawyer represented defendants accused of violating the False Claims Act ("FCA"). 26 This action involves a billion-dollar defense contract entered into between 27 AECOM (a publicly held corporation), AECOM Government Services, Inc., AC 28 FIRST, LLC, and AECOM/GSS Ltd. (collectively, "AECOM") and the United 29 States government, under which AECOM was tasked with p ... More $0 (11-26-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Steve S. Jabar aka Steve Shariff, aka Satar Jabar, aka Kamal Jabar, aka Kamal Jamel, and Deborah Bowers

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendants charged with wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The United States appeals from a post-verdict judgment of acquittal entered by the District Court for the Western District of New York (Lawrence J. Vilardo, J.) with respect to the convictions of defendants Steve S. Jabar and Deborah Bowers for wire fraud, in violation ... More $0 (11-26-2021 - NY)

Naizhu Jiang v. MERRICK B. GARLAND, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL

New York, NY - Criminal defense lawyer represented Petitioner with petitioning for review of a May 30, 2019 decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals denying his motion to reopen proceedings. ... More $0 (11-26-2021 - NY)

State of Oklahoma v. Mizell, Kayin Hunter

Stillwater, Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with: Trafficking Illegal Drugs, in violation of 63 O.S. 2-415, which provide: A. The provisions of the Trafficking in Illegal Drugs Act shall apply to persons convicted of violations with respect to the following substances: 1. Marijuana; 2. Cocaine or coca leaves; 3. Heroin; 4. Amphetamine or methamphetamine; ... More $0 (11-26-2021 - OK)

State of New York v. Anthony J. Broadwater

Syracuse, New York criminal defense lawyers represented Defendant charged with sexual assault. Anthony J. Broadwater, now 21, was charged with forcible rape in 1981. He was identified in a line up by the victim. (Alice Sebold) There was no other evidence of his guilty. He claimed that he was innocent. "Broadwater, then 21, was convicted of first-degree rape and endured more than 16 years in p ... More $0 (11-26-2021 - NY)

Stephen Saccoccia v. United States of America

Boston, MA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with a money-laundering charge. He was ordered to forfeit over $136,000,000 in proceeds from the conspiracy. He appeals the district court's dismissal of his 2018 complaint seeking vacatur of the forfeiture order and return of his forfeited property. We draw the facts primarily from the complaint, "accepting as true well-pleaded factu ... More $0 (11-25-2021 - MA)

United States of America v. Carlos Cruz-Rivera

Boston, MA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with three counts of carjacking, and three counts of using or carrying a firearm during a crime of violence charges. In September 2018, we affirmed Carlos Cruz-Rivera's convictions for three counts of carjacking, see 18 U.S.C. § 2119, and three counts of using or carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, see 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) ... More $0 (11-25-2021 - MA)

United States of America v. Melvin Gomera-Rodríguez

Boston, MA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with one count of possessing child pornography charge. Because Gomera pleaded guilty, "we draw the relevant facts from the plea agreement, the change-of-plea colloquy, the undisputed portions of the presentence investigation report ('PSR'), and the transcript of the disposition hearing." United States v. Hassan-Saleh-Mohamad, 930 F. ... More $0 (11-25-2021 - MA)

United States of America v. Nera James a/k/a King

Boston, MA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with two counts of possession with intent to distribute furanyl fentanyl. In late 2016, officers affiliated with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Auburn and Lewiston Police Departments began receiving information that a man, nicknamed "King," was distributing fentanyl in Lewiston and Auburn. Sources reported that King resid ... More $0 (11-25-2021 - MA)

United States of America v. Moustafa Aboshady

Boston, MA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with a healthcare fraud conspiracy charge. In March 2014, Fathalla Mashali, Aboshady's uncle, was indicted and, in 2017, he pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to a multimillion-dollar healthcare fraud that he perpetrated through New England Pain Associates ("NEPA"), which Mashali ow ... More $0 (11-25-2021 - MA)

United States of America v. Olatunde James Temitope Akintonde

San Diego, California criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs. Olatunde James Temitope Akintonde, age 23, from El Cajon was indicted for selling fentanyl-laced pills that caused the death of a 19-year-old Santee man, identified in court records as S.J.G., in March of 2019. Akintonde previously admitted that he sent messages to S.J.G. through soc ... More $0 (11-24-2021 - CA)

United States of America v. Adnan Alibegic

Cedar Rapids, Iowa criminal defense attorney represented defendant charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Adnan Alibegic, age 28, from Waterloo, Iowa, was found passed out in his vehicle at a gas station in Waterloo. While emergency personnel assisted him, police officers located a loaded, stolen firearm next to him. They also located a pill bottle containing methamphetamine, fentanyl ... More $0 (11-24-2021 - IA)

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