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University Title IX Investigation - Client Cleared Of Dating Violence Allegations, Accuser Faces Expulsion
Client was accused of dating violence on campus by ex-girlfriend and faced
possible expulsion from the university as well as possible criminal charges.
The incident involved the ex-girlfriend confronting client while he was
on a date with another female and physically assaulting him. She called
the police and claimed he assaulted her. The incident was reported by
campus police to the District Attorney’s Office who rejected the
case, even though client was arrested and forced to post bail. Pursuant
to Title IX, the university was compelled to conduct an investigation
into the allegations despite no criminal prosecution. We immediately filed
a complaint with the university under the same provisions of the law against
the ex-girlfriend alleging acts of violence, harassment and stalking.
The university was then compelled to begin an investigation into her actions.
After an extensive investigation, the university substantiated all of
our complaints and found additional instances of misconduct by the ex-girlfriend.
They rejected all of the serious allegations made by the ex-girlfriend
with the exception of one minor incident from the past. Client’s
academic career is safe and he is expected to graduate on time. The ex-girlfriend
faces expulsion as a result of her numerous violations.
Murder Trial-Not Guilty
Client was charged with First Degree Murder for the killing of his romantic
rival in what was referred to as a love triangle. After a month long trial
in which we presented a self-defense case, the jury deliberated for three
days and acquitted client of First and Second Degree Murder. He was found
guilty of a lesser related offense of Voluntary Manslaughter and eventually
sentenced to 7 years in prison. With credit for time already served he
will be released in four years. Client was facing life in prison.
The client was discharged at the end of a four day preliminary hearing.
It is very rare to be discharged at this stage of the case.
The prosecutor was attempting to link the client to the killing by his
membership in a gang and his presence at the scene and possible participation
in the fight. Joe Bisbiglia successfully argued that the client's
mere presence was insufficient evidence to hold him.
Read more on this case in our
Felony Child Endangerment Leading to Death and Involuntary Manslaughter Jury Trial
Client (mother) charged with as a result of the tragic drowning death of
her infant son in the family's home. We presented evidence to the
jury that showed this death was accidental and that there was no negligence
on the part of the mother. Client found Not Guilty of all charges. Client's
prison exposure was 10 years and two "strike" convictions.
Felony Child Abuse and Terroristic Threats Jury Trial
Client charged with numerous felony counts of child abuse of daughter and
making threats against individuals coming to her aid. Witnesses testified
that the 14 year old daughter was out of control and that her father used
corporal punishment that was accepted by the family as the appropriate
means of discipline. The jury found other complaining witnesses to be
untruthful. Client found Not Guilty of 6 felony counts and Not Guilty
of lesser included misdemeanor charges. Client's prison exposure was
in excess of 12 years and numerous "strike" convictions.
Felony Assault with Serious Bodily Injury Charges
Reduced to Misdemeanor
Client charged with a for a one punch knockout of a former bully. Client
had not seen this individual since his high school days and then when
they encountered each other years later the two exchanged words leading
to the altercation. Pre-trial, we presented evidence of the abuse that
the client suffered at the hands of the alleged victim and negotiated
a misdemeanor settlement with no jail time. Client's prison exposure
was 4 years and a "strike" conviction.
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