My only goal is winning cases, because winning cases is all that matters.
If you are convicted at trial, you lose the presumption of innocence and are presumed guilty, a result that is difficult to change. Less than five percent of appeals result in any relief to the defendant at all.
That is why it is of the utmost importance to give yourself the best chance possible of winning your case on appeal. Winning cases is difficult, but I have obtained winning results in numerous cases. Here are some of the most noteworthy.
I have written the appellate briefs in four capital cases involving six convictions for first degree murder and six death sentences. Three of the convictions for first degree murder, and five of the death sentences, were reversed. I have won acquittals in jury trials of various major felonies including first-degree murder, armed career criminal, and felony drug charges.
In a federal case my client had been convicted at trial of multiple drug and weapons violations and sentenced to more than 30 years in prison. I took over his case on appeal and won a reversal of his sentence and convictions. I then represented him at his retrial at which he was acquitted of all charges.
In a state case my client had been convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. I represented him on appeal and won the reversal of his sentence and conviction. On retrial he was convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter, received a greatly reduced sentence, and because of time he had already served, he was released on parole shortly thereafter.
In another state case, my appeal resulted in the reversal of my client’s conviction for first degree murder and sentence to death. He later pled guilty to a lesser offense and was immediately eligible for parole.
In a federal appeal I had convictions for felony drug possession and felon in possession of a firearm, and a life sentence, reversed. A new trial was ordered.
I was hired to prepare a clemency petition for a client who had served nine years and had eight more to serve before being eligible for parole. I looked into the case and discovered that the client had been illegally sentenced and should have been eligible for parole five years earlier. I filed a habeas corpus petition, which was granted, and the client was immediately paroled.
A client challenged his career offender status in federal court in a 2255 proceeding. The court determined that one of the prior convictions used to find he was a career offender was no longer a valid predicate offense under a recent Supreme Court case. His career offender status was set aside and he was resentenced to time served and released immediately.
A client had pled guilty after his motion to suppress was denied by the United States District Court. We appealed the denial of the motion to suppress and on appeal the United States Court of Appeals reversed the District Court and suppressed all evidence seized and statements made by the defendant.
A client was convicted in Shelby County Criminal Court of first degree murder and multiple counts of attempted murder and sentenced to life plus twenty years. We filed a post conviction petition. We proved that perjured testimony had been introduced against him at trial and at the conclusion of the post-conviction hearing all of his convictions were set aside and a new trial granted. A plea was negotiated, his sentence was reduced to time-served, and he was released immediately.
A client filed a federal habeas petition alleging that he was denied his right to appeal due to ineffective assistance of counsel. I was appointed to represent him and a hearing on the petition was held. The petition was granted and his right to appeal was reinstated. I was appointed to represent him on his appeal.
Of course, winning cases in the past cannot be an assurance of future success because each case must be evaluated on its own merits.