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Prevailed on a client's Motion to Suppress evidence this week. He was travelling from New York to St. Louis and was stopped by a law enforcement group termed the DEA task force. The task force is actually local police officers who are also sworn as DEA agents. This arguably gives them arrest power throughout the country, not just in their individual jurisdiction. The task force does not use dash or body cams. I believe the decision to not use the devices is intentionally done in order to prevent evidence that may contradict their testimony coming into play.
My client was stopped by the task force for allegedly following too closely - a common claim by them. My client swore he was not following any vehicle too closely. But again, no video to dispute their claim. The officers were not prepared for the hearing and didn't remember many specifics.
My client speaks Mandarin Chinese. His videotaped interview at the station made it clear he had great difficulty understanding the police. He repeatedly asked what their questions meant. The police claimed at the traffic stop scene he fully understood their request he consent to a search. He testified to the opposite. The judge, after viewing the interview video granted out motion to suppress, ruling that he did not knowingly consent to the search of his vehicle.
The State is now unable to use the $30,000 US currency or ecstasy tablets recovered from his vehicle at trial. I assume the case will be dismissed shortly.
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Obtained multiple felony dismissals recently: kidnapping, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, cannabis trafficking, money laundering, aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery, and aggravated dui.  Also won too many misdemeanors to list.
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Was hired by quite a few more cannabis and methamphetamine trafficking clients this year. So far I haven't had a single client charged with trafficking have to serve any time as a sentence. We have won many of the trafficking cases on motions to suppress.
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Won a few trials since the last post. Two were mandatory time offenses. One was a super class x methamphetamine distribution/manufacture. The jury came back within 25 minutes with a not guilty for Mr. Bronaugh (client). Another trial was for an aggravated unlawful discharge of a firearm. The jury came back quick with a not guilty for Mr. Bone. I also won a domestic battery trial for a client earlier this year. Was fortunate not to have lost any trials in 2016. Next trial is a sexual abuse claim against my client. I believe we will try the case in early 2017.
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Won a jury trial Tuesday for Maurice Jones who had been charged with domestic battery following an altercation with his soon to be ex wife at their residence.  She claimed he intentionally hurt her.  He claimed it was purely an accident.  The jury sided with him.
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Judge: Woman who robbed Belleville Jack in the Box is 'the most violent' he has sentenced
The Associated PressOctober 6, 2014 Updated 12 hours ago
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EAST ST. LOUIS, ILL. — A woman who admitted robbing a Belleville Jack in the Box at gunpoint has been ordered to spend 28 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan sentenced 29-year-old Yulonda Stewart, calling her "the most violent woman" he has sentenced. Stewart pleaded guilty to interference with commerce by robbery, use of a gun during a violent crime and being a felon with a firearm.

Authorities say Stewart robbed a Jack in the Box restaurant in Belleville in 2012, forcing a manager at gunpoint to open a safe while three other employees were held at bay. Police arrested Stewart at the scene.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Stewart's background includes a six-year prison term for a 2007 conviction of aggravated robbery in St. Clair County.

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