HOT SPRINGS SENTINEL RECORD
A Hot Springs man was accused of capital murder in the shooting death of another local man in a Hot Springs apartment.
We worked for eighteen months with his counsel. The work finally paid off when the jury acquitted the man after only 25 minutes of deliberation.
Our investigation helped to gather facts which proved the evidence gathered by police was not sufficient to convict him. We visited witnesses in prisons, interviewed dozens of people, gathered statements, compared evidence, found witnesses that had not initially come forward, drove hundreds of miles and spent untold hours on the investigation.
Working with a superb team of attorneys made the case a particularly memorable one and a case that demonstrates that we will put 100% effort into it even when the odds say otherwise.
See more about the story in the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record story written by Steven Mross on May 17, 2013 Read More
A LOCAL POLICE CHIEF FIRED
When a local police chief was fired and allegations were made about police property and evidence being misused and stolen, the mayor asked us to conduct an inventory of the entire department.
Over a three-day period we inventoried and accounted for all available property. We were able to identify those items that were alleged to have been stolen.
The inventory permitted the newly appointed chief to have an accurate baseline of property available and a basis for the city to initiate recovery of the missing property.
Result: taxpayers had a clear picture of how their taxes were spent and the mayor had a basis for action
CLIENT FACED DEATH PENALTY
Our Client faced the death penalty after his 1992 conviction for the murder of his former employer in Lafayette County.
We worked closely with his new attorneys to survey community opinion and determine if the registered voters in the county thought our client ould get a fair trial in that county.
Our investigator was the only defense witness called in his change of venue hearing. Our investigator testified that an overwhelming majority of county residents felt our client could not get a fair trial in the county based on surveys that we conducted over a period of several days.
Result: The subsequent change in venue and new trial ultimately resulted in a verdict of life imprisonment rather than death.
Congratulations to an awesome team again for working so hard to make sure justice was done.
A LOCAL POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED
A local police chief was arrested in Arkansas for a variety of charges.
The local prosecutor was aware of our expertise in handling public integrity investigations and recommended we conduct an inventory of the evidence locker of the police department.
One of the allegations was that evidence was being misappropriated and not properly managed. We inventoried a total of 1,490 items and found that less than 10 (not 10% but a total of 10) were properly documented or had significant problems with accountability.
We testified to our findings and our recommendations at the trial (described at that time by the Judge as the longest criminal trial in Arkansas). The individuals were convicted of many of the charges.
Result: although the issues are still being reviewed, we were proud to be a valuable contributor to the community.
U.S. MILITARY MEMBER
A U.S. military member in Germany was fully acquitted following accusations of sexual contact with 2 minors and possessing child pornography.
A team effort resulted in the discovery of an error on the search warrant which resulted in dismissal of the evidence. We also identified several credibility witnesses to support our client.
Great team effort using several long distance offices.
FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Another Federal Criminal Defense An Arkansas man was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances with Intent to Distribute 18,000 (18 kilos) of cocaine when he was targeted by a Maryland task force, the FBI, Maryland State Police and others. He was arrested along with a co-defendant as they were traveling in Maryland with what was described as a hidden compartment in a service truck.
Ultimately proven to be innocent in court of any involvement in the charges, the client was set free and is now back at home.
Results: Our efforts along with super legal representation contributed to the overall team efforts in getting an innocent man off of charges that would (and had already) altered his life forever.