People v. JG—Client was charged with 2 Felony Strike Allegations, either of them exposed client to a lengthy state prison sentence and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. Case resolved for a Felony Wobbler (reducible to a Misdemeanor), both strike allegations were dismissed. No sex offender registration, probation with a 120-day jail sentence (servable on the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program)
People v. JH—Client was charged with Felonious Assault, and a Strike offense of causing Great Bodily Injury with exposure to State Prison for up to seven years. Case resolved for a Misdemeanor, Credit for Time Served, after 2 pre-trial motions were filed attacking the sufficiency of the evidence.
People v. JI—Client was charged with 3 vehicle related Misdemeanors up to 3 years in the County Jail. More importantly, the client stood the chance of losing his career in the Military. Case resolved for an Infraction and $250 fine. All 3 Misdemeanors were dismissed. Evidence was presented through investigation that the Prosecutor’s witnesses were questionable, and an independent insurance claims investigator would have refuted the State’s evidence. Once he was subpoenaed case resolved for an Infraction.
People v. KC—Client was charged with Felony Perjury relating to her testimony in a previous trial where another attorney represented her, and she was convicted. She was found Not Guilty of Perjury after less than 2 hours of deliberation. In closing argument, I used fact that the DA’s office had trusted her enough to file a very large and serious case based upon her report of a crime.
Case involving a Public Service Worker—Client was alleged to have injured his adult daughter in a fight. Daughter did not testify at trial. Case went to trial the day after Crawford v. Washington was decided by the Supreme Court, and I used that precedent to keep out all but her 911 call from evidence before the Jury. Defendant was acquitted after approximately 90 minutes of deliberation.
Case Involving a Prison Inmate—Client was accused of Assaulting a Correctional Officer while an Inmate in State Prison. Through aggressive Cross Examination, I was able to paint differing explanations from multiple CO’s who testified. That led to some of the Jurors finding Reasonable Doubt. The Trial deadlocked with several voting for Not Guilty. Client exposure was 10 years, and offer was 4 years. After Hung Jury, the DA offered 2 years, and client accepted. Lowest possible sentence from a guilty plea with a strike allegation dismissed.
Commonwealth DPS v. Civil Service Commission —This case involved an employee/officer who was seriously sexually harassing fellow female officers. He was terminated unconditionally. He appealed to Civil Service Commission. Another lawyer represented the DPS. They reinstated him so he could work in a position where he would not come into contact with female workers. I took over handling of the case. I filed a Petition for Judicial Review. Bench trial ensued. Court granted Petition, and upheld original termination order without conditions. Later the trial court decision was AFFIRMED on Appeal.
EPP v TC CNMI DDC—Rare federal civil rights trial in Saipan involving allegations of 42 USC 1983 (Civil Rights Violation Under Color of Authority; Wrongful Termination). I represented the Government. Prior to trial a settlement offer was made. Plaintiff rejected it. Four Causes of Action went to trial. At the conclusion of the Plaintiff’s case, I made a successful Motion under FRCP Rule 12 which knocked out two causes of Action. Jury found in favor of Plaintiff for remaining two causes of action. Post Trial, I made another motion that knocked out one of the 2 Causes of Action. Her Judgment was cut to middle 5 figures, and she only obtained ½ of what the Government had already offered her. Later affirmed by the 9th Circuit.
CNMI v. Bank of Saipan—I was the initiating attorney in a Government Receivership Action to take over a Bank that had been purchased by individuals who were subsequently indicted by the US Attorney on the island for Fraud. Case involved rapid complex high-stakes litigation where we appeared before the Commonwealth Supreme Court twice in a month. Government had $20M in Retirement Deposits at stake. Government was able to choose an experienced well-heeled attorney as the Receiver, who took valuable and important steps to save the bank. Testified before the Commonwealth Legislature and made numerous media appearances to help quell a Bank run on all of the island’s healthy banks.
People v. BF—I was the prosecutor in this violent 13-count Felony Murder case. Fiore received 3 consecutive life sentences and 68 years and 8 Months.
People v. RC—Violent home invasion robbery. I was the Prosecutor in this case. With nothing more than a Victim ID and no physical evidence, and a Defense Expert from a top University, I secured convictions for Burglary and Robbery. Mr. Canfield was sentenced to 14 years 4 months in Prison. Affirmed on Appeal.
People v. JFG—I was the prosecutor in this case. This gentleman was nearing the age of 70 years old and was up for his 2nd affirmance of classification as a Sexual Violent Predator. Jury affirmed said finding even though no known sexual offense had been committed in over 19 years. Affirmed on Appeal.
People v. JR—I was the prosecutor. Resisting Executive Officer who was arresting Defendant on a Warrant. Convicted. Later sent to Prison for 4 years 8 months.
People v. RS—I was the prosecutor in this case. Difficult murder case where victim had known propensity for violence, and was violent towards Defendant on the day of the killing. Defendant was convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter. One of the Sheriff’s Detectives doubted that the Jury would convict of anything due to the facts of the case, and was pleasantly surprised that Defendant was found guilty of the Unlawful Killing of his Brother.
People v BP—I was the prosecutor in this case. Defendant was convicted of Felony Domestic Violence.
People v. MM—I was the Defendant’s Attorney in this case. 38-year old Felony Welfare Fraud Case was preventing transfer of Ownership of a firearm. I got the court to re-call the case, reduce to a Misdemeanor and Dismiss. Client’s FULL privileges to firearms was restored, and his record was expunged.
People v. JM—I was the Defendant’s Attorney in this case. The defendant was charged with felony animal abuse. He had killed a crow. Worked carefully and aggressively with the prosecutor. Initial offer was to plead as charged. Convinced prosecutor to resolve case for Misdemeanor. Client had to pay $1,000 fine and convinced Judge to give him NO jail, and only 25 hours of Community Service Work. Later provided information that helped case against remaining defendant.
People v. SR—I was the Defendant’s Attorney in this case. I assumed handling from the Public Defender. Offer was to plead to a Misdemeanor, 10 days in jail and $1,400 fine. I researched client’s actual licensure status. Proved the prosecutor wrong. Got them to offer an infraction. Judge fined Defendant $25 proof of correction fee.
People v. SM—Case involved commercial burglary of a gas station. Despite the fact that there was stronger evidence against my client, and she was caught on tape, I convinced the prosecutor to reverse the previous offer of a Felony. Client plead to a Misdemeanor, and will likely face no jail.
People v. QW—Court appointed. Accused of failure to register as a Sex Offender. Despite being unqualified, convinced prosecutor to offer probation, due to several factors. Client in all did 180 days in jail, but once he plead, he owed only 25 more days. Rejected early offer of State Prison.
CSGR v. AC—I handled the oral arguments of this civil appeal after attorney had to get out of case due to a conflict. Client had lost a SLAPP (Strategic Limitation against Public Policy) motion and received a sanction attorney fee award against him (when represented by other counsel) in the amount of $70,000. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court on 5 counts. Reversed the trial court entirely on the $70,000 attorney fee award, and remanded back to trial court. Researched law and used that reversal to remove Judge who was obviously biased against client. New Judge granted the motion as to two counts and later ruled that my client was entitled to attorney’s fees. Used that a leverage to convince Plaintiff’s attorney to dismiss the whole case in its entirety, saving the client hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees.
KB v. AC—I have handled post-trial issues in this case. Several successful motions have led to a reversal of a trial court that has protected valuable client assets in the future. Client is now aggressively represented and the Plaintiff has continued to now lose critical motions. My representation has completely reversed the trend of his prior victories, and client is well suited to avoid problems of multiple lawsuits he is involved in.