Category Archives: Criminal Defense

RECENT COURT OF APPEALS RULING — CRIMINAL SENTENCING LAWS

In Tibbs v. United States (No. 13-CF-1425), decided on January 15, 2015, the Court of Appeals remanded the matter to the trial court for further consideration due to criminal sentencing irregularities. Defendant Tibbs sought to withdraw a guilty plea to … Continue reading

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RECENT COURT OF APPEALS REVERSAL —

The Court in Andrade v. U.S., (No. 13-CM-224), an opinion issued on January 8, 2015, reversed the assault conviction based on erroneous admission of testimonial evidence by the trial court. Specifically, appellant Andrade argued his 6th Amendment right to confront … Continue reading

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DERIVATIVE EVIDENCE OF ILLEGAL STOP: RECENT COURT OF APPEALS DECISION

The DC Court of Appeals in Ken E. Smith v. U.S., on December 4, 2014, reversed a lower court drug conviction and denial of motion to suppress based on the tainted derivative evidence doctrine, which excludes all evidence — primary … Continue reading

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RECENT DC COURT OF APPEALS REVERSAL

The Court of Appeals in IN RE J.W. (DEL-1326-12) decided on October 9, 2014, vacated and reversed J.W.’s conviction for “possession of implements of crime.” J.W. and another juvenile were seen near a Vespa scooter chained to a fence. J.W. … Continue reading

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D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative 71

D.C., Marijuana Legalization, Initiative 71 is on the ballot for the November elections and it is anticipated that it would get enough votes to pass. However the passage of the initiative is not tantamount to legalization. The initiative would need … Continue reading

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–BEARING AND CARRYING HANDGUN IN THE DISTRICT –

The District Court Senior Judge Scullin on July 24, 2014, enjoined the District from enforcing both the handgun registration for home-use only provision as well as the statute criminalizing carrying handgun in public. Specifically the court ordered: ORDERS that Defendants, … Continue reading

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RECENT COURT OF APPEALS DECISION: STATUTORY DEFINITION, CARRYING A DANGEROUS WEAPON:

The Court of Appeals on July 31, 2014, in IN RE D.R. (No. 11-FS-1320), both reversed a conviction for insufficiently of evidence and also remanded the case to the trial court. Appellant, D.R., was convicted at trial of four criminal … Continue reading

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COURT OF APPEALS REVERSES ON 4TH AMENDMENT GROUNDS

In the recent Court of Appeals case: In re D.M. (11-FS—1125) decided on July 10, 2014, the Court reversed the lower court conviction for second- degree burglary, felony destruction of property, and second-degree theft based on 4th amendment violations. Essentially … Continue reading

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SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE AND EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION: RECENT DECISION

The DC Court of Appeals recently in IN RE L.C., (10-FS-709) vacated the conviction for carjacking and assault with intent to commit robbery and remanded the case to the trial court for determination as to the admissibility of the expert … Continue reading

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SEARCH OF THE CELL PHONE INCIDENT TO AN ARREST, PERMISSIBLE? TO BE DETERMINED: US v. WURIE:

The Supreme Court on April 29, 2014, heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Wurie, a case testing yet again the boundaries of law and technology with compelling argument on both sides. Brima Wurie was arrested in 2007 after a drug … Continue reading

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