Here's just a small sample of the officers we've helped defend over the past 25 years
The Baltimore Six
Finally, in July 2016, after a hung jury/mistrial of Officer William Porter, and three successive trials where Baltimore Judge Barry Williams found Officers Ed Nero and Caesar Goodson and Lt. Brian Rice NOT GUILTY of each and every hollow charge against them, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby saw the writing on the wall. On July 27, 2016, her office dropped all charges against three Baltimore officers. But she did so while holding a press event where she pointed the finger of blame at everyone and everything EXCEPT herself for the abysmal failure of her judgment from the beginning.
In February 2016, Mike Brelo was acquitted of all charges against him by Cleveland Judge O’Donnell. Despite the victory in the state court, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that they would be reviewing the case for potential civil rights violations.
Rick was indicted for murder in late 2014 and was tried in January 2015. Not surprisingly, several jurors followed their oath by holding firm to their beliefs and the judge declared a mistrial when those jurors refused to convict. The prosecutor decided to try again and took Rick to a second trial in June 2015, with the same result — jurors who refused to buy into the solicitor’s flawed arguments. One would have thought justice had prevailed after two stinging losses for the politician/prosecutor. But he prosecutor now threatened yet another trial of a man whose financial reserves were long emptied. Even with LELDF financial support totaling well over $100,000, Rick simply couldn’t pay for a third trial defense and he agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor Misconduct in Office charge in September 2015.