Case Results: Motion to dismiss granted and case dismissed on the basis that the government violated the double jeopardy clause of the United States Constitution. The Court remarked that it had started with the opinion that it would decide the motion as soon as the hearing was over. After a two hour long evidentiary hearing conducted by attorney Tim Bower Rodriguez, the court indicated that the motion would be taken under advisement. Nearly three weeks later and in a lengthy written opinion, the Court granted the motion and dismissed the case. Other codefendants who did not file a motion to dismiss were sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
Case Results: Motion to dismiss indictment granted and case dismissed. Our client, a British national, was wrongly accused of trying to import marijuana into the United States from Jamaica when in fact the conspiracy was to import marijuana from Jamaica into England. Dozens of secret recordings implicated our client in the distribution of thousands of pounds of marijuana, but the confidential informant claimed that our client agreed to import into the United States during a call that was, coincidentally of course, not recorded. Despite months of implicit pressure to plead guilty and threatened testimony from the snitch trying to falsely implicate our client, our law firm refused to bow down and insisted that the witness was lying to the government. Ultimately, the government agreed and the Court dismissed the charges.
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