Client Has Drug Trafficking Convictions Reversed on Appeal
Client was arrested during the raid of an acquaintance's house in March
2014 and later convicted of multiple drug trafficking charges, the most
serious of which included cocaine and heroin. Attorney Ian Friedman brought
the appeal of these convictions to the Court of Appeals of Ohio. The court
agreed that the client's proximity to and association with others
who had broken the law did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he
himself was collaborating with the traffickers. The cocaine and heroin
trafficking convictions against the client were vacated.
Defendant Found Not Guilty of Drug Charges
Forty seven year old government employee was indicted for Possession of
Heroin and Trafficking in Heroin after a police task force consisting
of two local police departments and one federal agency sifted through
her trash and executed a warrant for the search of her residence. It was
alleged that ten (10) packets of heroin were located in the trash. This
case received media attention as it revealed questionable tactics by law
enforcement officers after testimony provided that detectives posed as
garbage men and randomly seized trash from homes to look for evidence
of wrongdoing. After the State rested, the trial court granted the defense
motion for acquittal. The defendant was found not guilty on all counts
Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder
The client was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated
Murder and related offenses. Through extensive pretrial investigation,
the attorneys at Friedman & Nemecek obtained evidence that contradicted
the State's theory of the case with respect to the client's involvement
in the Conspiracy and Murder. All co-defendants were convicted of murder
and were sentenced to long prison terms including life without parole.
Our client was offered a misdemeanor offense and was ultimately sentenced
to pay a $1,000.00 fine. He did not even receive a term of probation.
Defendant Acquitted of Assault Charges
The Defendant was charged with Assault as a result of an altercation outside
a popular nightclub. Despite witness testimony that the Defendant was
the primary participant in the altercation, the jury found the Defendant
Not Guilty of all charges. The co-defendant, who was tried at the same
time, was convicted.
Alleged Violations Of The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Client was under federal investigation for alleged violations of the Computer
Fraud and Abuse Act. The Government initially contended that the total
loss amount attributable to the client's conduct was over $20 million
which would have resulted in a substantial prison term. Through discussions
with the Government, Attorney Nemecek was able to establish that the loss
amount was drastically less than the Government alleged. The client was
permitted to plead to a significantly reduced offense and was sentenced
to a minimal term of probationary supervision.
Businessman Alleging RICO, Telecommunications Fraud, Aggravated Theft, Money Laundering, and Receiving Stolen Property.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office secured a twenty five (25) count
indictment against businessman alleging RICO, Telecommunications Fraud,
Aggravated Theft, Money Laundering, and Receiving Stolen Property. After
a search of our client's pawn and collectible business by the FBI,
IRS, and Secret Service, the government alleged that the operation exposed
to the case to be the largest eBay theft case in the United States. After
more than one year of tireless and aggressive litigation, the government
extended a plea to a single low-level count of Receiving Stolen Property.
Several seized truckloads of merchandise were returned to our client and
he was given only probation. He is eligible to have the loan count sealed.
CEO and CFO of Large Company in Ohio Indicted
CEO of one of the largest companies in northeast Ohio was indicted along
with the CFO and the company as a whole. Attorney Friedman was chosen
to represent the company at the highly publicized and anticipated trial.
The company faced indictment for Conspiracy to Violate Campaign Finance
Laws, Violation of Campaign Finance Laws- Contributions in the Name of
Another, Violation of Campaign Corporate Contributions, Causing False
Statements, Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice, and Obstruction of Justice.
The jury trial commenced in the Northern District of Ohio, Federal Court
and spanned five weeks. The CFO pled guilty which caused the government
to contend that guilt was automatically imputed upon the company. In the
end, the jury cleared the company of any wrongdoing with a sweeping finding
of Not Guilty on all charges. The company and all of its employees were
able to continue operations, without fear of closure.
Cleveland Bar Association vs. Counsel
On behalf of the Cleveland Bar Association, counsel presented oral argument
before the Ohio Supreme Court in a disciplinary matter. After a hearing
before the Board of Grievances, the Respondent was caused to appear before
the Court to determine sanction. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor
of the Cleveland Bar Association in this published decision.
Client Freed of Drug Charges In Post-Conviction Proceedings
At trial, the client was convicted of several offenses related to the possession
and trafficking of illegal narcotics. He was sentenced to serve 7 years
in prison. Thereafter, he retained Attorney Nemecek to represent him on
the direct appeal. Attorney Nemecek successfully argued that the State
presented insufficient evidence to sustain convictions against the client
for the more serious offenses. As a result, those convictions were vacated,
he was sentenced to credit for time already served, and was immediately released.
Client Freed of Rape Of A Minor Charge
Client was under investigation for an alleged rape of a minor child. The
accuser's parents also moved for a Civil Protection Order. The attorneys
at Friedman & Nemecek utilized available civil proceedings as a means
to obtain additional, exculpatory evidence regarding the criminal accusations.
The attorneys provided this information to law enforcement officers. Based
upon this newly-discovered information, the prosecutor's office declined
to pursue criminal charges.
Defendant Penalties Reduced to $1,000 Fine
Client was a physician indicted for offenses in excess of fifty (50) counts
of Pandering Sexually Oriented matter involving a Minor, a count of Criminal
Mischief, and Possessing Criminal Tools. Attorneys Ian Friedman and Eric
Nemecek represented the client after his computers were seized and forensically
analyzed by the Ohio Internet Crimes against Children’s Task Force.
It was alleged that the computers contained images and digital video of
child pornography. The defense was based upon the interpretation of the
exception to the Pandering Statute which allows for possession and/or
viewing for research purposes. This coupled with a determination by defense
experts that the client suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder persuaded
the State to allow a plea to two (2) misdemeanors that were not sexually
oriented and did not require registration. The pleas to Criminal Mischief
and Attempted Possession of Criminal Tools yielded a one thousand ($1,000.00)
dollar fine plus court costs. The offenses are sealable (expungable) under
current Ohio law. The client did not serve any term of incarceration.
Entrepreneur Indicted with Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity and Grand Theft
Successful entrepreneur and patent holder was indicted in a three count
indictment alleging Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, and Grand
Theft (2). The dispute revolved around a business venture gone bad and
ownership of a patented process. The loss amount was capped at $150,000.00.
Through pre-indictment negotiation that spanned years and post-indictment
litigation, Attorney Friedman was able to secure a complete dismissal
of all indicted offenses.
Felony Drug Charges
While traveling through Ohio, the Ohio State Highway Patrol effectuated
a traffic stop of the client's vehicle for alleged traffic violations.
During the course of the stop, law enforcement utilized a K-9 dog and
conducted a search of the car. The search revealed approximately 250 pounds
of marijuana, and the client was indicted for possession and trafficking
of marijuana, felonies of the second degree. Such charges carried mandatory
prison terms. After receiving the discovery information, Attorneys Friedman
and Nemecek filed a Motion asking the Court to suppress all evidence seized
during the course of the search. After two days of hearings, the Court
granted the defense's request and all of the marijuana and related
evidence was excluded.
Former Air Force Security Officer Indicted With Murder
Former Air Force Security Officer was indicted with Murder after shooting
her husband ten times while in their home. Attorneys Friedman and Long
presented a self-defense case based upon a theory of Battered Woman Syndrome.
After more than two weeks of trial, the jury deadlocked resulting in a
mistrial. Our client has been out of jail on bond throughout the entire case.
Former Police Officer Charged With Assault On His Girlfriend
Former police officer was charged with assault for a purported attack on
his girlfriend. There were injuries visible to the first responding officers.
Our client claimed that he acted in self-defense. Attorney Friedman served
as trial counsel. In Ohio, self-defense is an affirmative defense which
shifts some burden onto the client. Attorney Friedman was successful in
his cross-examination of the officers and the accuser. Even though the
defense had the burden, Attorney Friedman rested without calling a single
witness. Based upon the cross-examination of the accuser, the jury determined
that the client did act in self-defense. He was fully acquitted.
Guilty Plea Vacated at Court Of Appeals
While represented by other counsel, the client entered "Guilty"
pleas to several counts of Rape. After receiving a sentence of 2 years,
he retained Attorney Nemecek to represent him in post-conviction proceedings.
Attorney Nemecek successfully argued that the client's plea was not
knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently entered. Accordingly, the Court
of Appeals vacated the client's plea and remanded the matter for a
Local College Student Accused of Rape and Kidnapping
Local college student was accused of rape and kidnapping after an all too
often "date rape" like scenario. The university, through its
Title IX guidelines, revoked his student credentials and removed him from
campus. The matter was forwarded to law enforcement and the prosecutor's
office. As we've done successfully many times over the years, we aggressively
pursued our private investigation and contested the Title IX procedure.
Our investigation revealed significant inconsistencies in the accuser's
claim. As such, no charges were brought and the client's school record
showed no adverse mark.
Local Hotel Raided
Local hotel was raided and subjected to civil prosecution for operating
as a nuisance. After protracted litigation and hearings, Attorney Nemecek
secured an agreed resolution of the case that allowed the owners to retain
possession and control of the property. Furthermore, the owners were permitted
access to the premises and were allowed to market and sell the property
Man Freed of Child Porn Conviction
Client was charged in Federal court with receipt and distribution of child
pornography. After entering a "Guilty" plea, the client was
sentenced to 17 years in prison. The client retained Attorney Nemecek
to represent him in post-conviction proceedings. Through the habeas process
and a delayed direct appeal, the client was permitted to withdraw his
previously-entered plea. The Government dismissed the case thereafter.
Non-Citizen Indicted With Federal Bribery and False Statement Offenses
Non-citizen client was indicted with federal bribery and false statement
offenses related to a highly publicized corruption conspiracy. If convicted
as charged, the client faced a substantial term of incarceration as well
as mandatory deportation. The attorneys at Friedman & Nemecek employed
an aggressive approach in defending the case, including conducting an
independent investigation into the allegations as well as comprehensive
motion practice. Through their efforts, the attorneys were able to secure
a plea agreement to a reduced charge. The United States Sentencing Guidelines
recommended a prison sentence. The client was able to avoid deportation
from the United States and ultimately received a sentence of probation
from the Court.
Non-Resident Physician Charged With Child Endangerment
A non-resident physician was charged with two counts of child endangerment
after leaving her two children in her vehicle to run errands. Faced with
immigration implications and professional repercussions, Attorney Friedman
was able to have the matter dismissed. The firm then moved to seal the
record of arrest which was granted. The client avoided any immigration
or professional consequences.
Nationally Known Digital Imaging Expert Investigated
Digital imaging expert and lawyer comes under fire after being accused
of creating exhibits to be used in court which depicted child pornography.
Although created to highlight the advances in digital technology and how
that may affect cases within the pornography and obscenity realm, investigating
agencies opined that such conduct was in violation of current federal
law. Thorough case investigation resulted in no charges being filed.
Professional Athlete Accused of Entering Casino While Underage
Professional athlete accused of entering a Cleveland Casino while under
the age of 21. After negotiations with the prosecutor's office, the
client was permitted to enter a first offender diversion program whereby
all charges were eventually sealed and dismissed.
Professional Athlete Accused of Sexual Assault
Professional athlete was accused of committing a sexual assault. Before
grand jury presentation, efforts were undertaken by the firm and our investigators
to conduct an independent and comprehensive investigation into the allegations.
The information obtained by the defense was forwarded to both law enforcement
and the prosecutor's office. Based upon the information produced by
the defense, authorities declined to pursue criminal charges against the client.
Stockbroker Receives Probation For Severe Investment Fraud Charges
Stockbroker was indicted in the United States District Court, Northern
District of Ohio, Eastern Division. The indictment alleged that the Defendant
engaged in a conspiracy to engage in fraudulent investment trading programs,
also known as high-yield investment fraud. It was alleged that the Defendant
yielded approximately seventy-five million dollars as a result of the
enterprise. The case resolved after a plea arrangement was orchestrated
resulting in probation only.
Teacher Has Case Dismissed
Ohio school teacher learned that she was unable to keep her State license
to teach due to the fact that she had entered a plea to the charge of
assault approximately ten (10) years earlier. The defense made a challenge
to the Constitutionality of the plea in its Motion to Vacate the Plea
and dismiss the case. The Court granted said motion and the State dismissed
the case. Ian Friedman was joined by our team in crafting the motion.
Thirty Year Old Man Accused of Rape
Thirty year old man was terminated from his employment after his coworker
accused him of rape and kidnapping the night before. He was subsequently
indicted causing him to hire counsel. Despite his protestation of innocence,
his criminal defense lawyer convinced him to minimize his exposure and
accept a plea agreement. The plea labeled him a sex offender and yielded
a mandatory prison sentence. Just before sentencing, the young man hired
our law firm to vacate his plea. The basis was that it was not made voluntarily,
intelligently, and knowingly. After an extensive hearing with several
witnesses called, including prior counsel, the court granted the Motion
to Vacate. We investigated the case and proceeded to trial. After a weeklong
trial, the jury took only hours before finding our client Not Guilty of
all charges. Thereafter, a suit was filed by our client against the accuser
for her malicious conduct and his prior employer for wrongful termination.
Vehicular Assault Conviction Reversed and Remanded
After being retained as appellate counsel, Attorneys Ian Friedman and Eric
Nemecek secured a new trial today in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common
Pleas for a young business manager who had previously been convicted at
a bench trial of vehicular assault. The client had previously been sentenced
to five years in prison.
They argued that the prior defense lawyers were ineffective at trial and
that the prosecution improperly admitted prejudicial evidence. All three
judges ruled that the case should be reversed and remanded. Mr. Friedman
and his team will be serving as trial counsel at the next trial. The client
is to be released from prison.
Woman Acquitted of Forgery Charges
Fifty-six year old woman accused of forging National Securities Division
documents in Kentucky and transmitting said documents out-of-state for
gain. She was charged in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with one count of
forgery, a second degree, Class D, felony. An extensive investigation
by the defense was conducted prior to grand jury proceedings which included
the utilization of forensic handwriting analysis, private investigation,
and extensive examination at the preliminary proceedings. Despite a two
year investigation by prosecutors, the matter was concluded at the grand
jury level. Exculpatory evidence obtained by the defense was presented
causing the jury to issue a No True Bill. At a subsequent licensing hearing
before the Ohio Commission, counsel was called to testify as an expert
witness in the field of criminal defense.
Woman Acquitted of Theft Charges
Fifty-five year old grandmother was charged with theft and destruction
of government documents after shredding purported sensitive documents
at her workplace addressing matters of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency.
The prosecution argued that this action was in retaliation against her
hostile employer for a purported forced resignation. The jury acquitted
Ms. ____ of all charges.
Woman Dismissed of Murder Charges
Seventy-five year old woman charged with aggravated murder of her husband
of more than fifty (50) years. Publically characterized as a “mercy
killing,” Ms. _____ was alleged to have shot her husband in the
head to ease his pain from heart disease. While the criminal investigation
continued, a Complaint in Replevin was filed. The law firm represented
Ms. ____ in both the criminal and civil cases. The law firm obtained evidence
and information that lead to the dismissal of all charges.
Woman Has DUI Charges Dismissed
The Defendant was stopped for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence.
If convicted, this would have been her third DUI within the statutory
six (6) year period. After Field Sobriety Tests were conducted, the Defendant
was placed under arrest for DUI. A Breathalyzer test revealed that the
Defendant was almost five (5) times the legal limit. The defense filed
a Motion To Suppress alleging that there was no reasonable suspicion justifying
the initial stop. After all evidence was presented by Ian Friedman at
the suppression hearing, the Court granted the Motion and all evidence
obtained as a result of the stop was excluded from trial. The State dismissed the case.
Second Trial Finds Man Innocent of Rape Conviction
The law firm was retained to handle post-conviction representation of a
thirty-two year old businessman. After already being convicted of child
rape and subjected to a life sentence with no early release, the law firm
secured a new trial after exposing new evidence that should have been
presented at the trial. The second trial proceeded before a jury which
acquitted the client on the count of Rape. Efforts by the state to introduce
a lesser included offense of Gross Sexual Imposition were successfully
countered. As such, the client was released without any further sanction.
Ian Friedman & Eric Nemecek served as trial counsel.
New Trial Granted in Life Case
The law firm was hired after the client had been convicted at a bench trial
of raping a minor which carried a mandatory life sentence. The defense
team crafted a Motion For New Trial raising numerous legal and factual
issues. The trial judge recused himself and the matter was randomly assigned
to another judge on the Common Pleas bench. Extensive motions were submitted
to the trial court for consideration of the motion. The court granted
a hearing which resulted in two days of testimony and argument. At its
conclusion, the court determined that the client was denied his right
to effective assistance of counsel at the trial and that a new trial was
warranted. Ian Friedman and Eric Nemecek handled the matter. The client
was immediately released from jail.
ODOT Corruption Probe Charges Result in No Incarceration
A thirty-nine (39) year old Geauga County business owner was indicted,
along with seven codefendants, with multiple offenses in connection with
the Ohio Department of Transportation corruption probe. Our client was
charged with various offenses including bribery, attempted bribery, and
attempted tampering with records. The allegation was that he engaged in
various activities aimed at bribing officials to steer ODOT contracts
to his company. Although facing more than a decade in prison, Ian Friedman
secured a sanction of Community Controlled Sanction (probation) for their
client. He did not serve any period of incarceration.
Parma Developer Faces Fraud Charges
Parma developer has been accused by the Securities Exchange Commission,
Attorney General, and law enforcement of operating a twenty (20) year
Ponzi scheme in which approximately one thousand (1000) investors were
defrauded of approximately ninety million dollars ($90,000,000.00). This
case which is more popularly known as the Cornerstone Project case, is
pending in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.
Minimal Sentence Rendered in $60 Million Dollar Securities Fraud Case
Described as the second largest fraud case ever investigated by the Ohio
Division of Securities, the law firm obtained the lowest recorded sentence
on behalf of their client. The client was the project manager of a multi-use
commercial property that was funded by investor money. It was alleged
that the client violated securities regulations by accepting more than
$60 million dollars in unsecured promissory notes. Facing multiple life
sentences, the law firm secured a resolution that yielded a three year
term of incarceration.
Man Acquitted of 102 Sexual Assault Counts
Fifty-eight (58) year old business owner was charged with One hundred and
two (102) sexual assault counts including Rape, Gross Sexual Imposition,
and Kidnapping. Nine (9) former employees made the allegations that the
offenses happened while they were employed by the Defendant. Our law firm
moved to sever (separate) the accuser’s claims which was granted.
Nine (9) separate trials were ordered. Four (4) acquittals were secured
in the first four (4) trials. Three (3) trials were before a jury and
one (1) was before the Court. Prior to the commencement of the fifth trial,
the State dismissed all remaining counts. The client did not have any
convictions in the end.
Husband and Wife Acquitted of All Charges
Husband and wife Defendants were indicted for several felony counts including
Aggravated Arson for allegedly hiring individuals to burn their home for
financial gain. The matter proceeded to jury trial in the Lorain County
Court of Common Pleas. Evidence included the testimony of three co-defendants
implicating the Defendants as well as evidence from investigating insurance
companies. Both Defendants were represented by lawyers from the law firm.
The wife was acquitted by the Court at the conclusion of the State’s
case by the Court. The husband was found Not Guilty on all counts by the jury.
Juvenile Acquitted in Money Counterfeiting Scheme
Juvenile charged with counterfeiting and theft for alleged widespread scheme
to distribute counterfeit bills. After a search pursuant to a warrant
revealed evidence supporting said claim, the judge found the juvenile
not delinquent after the defense demonstrated that all elements of the
offense were not present. Ian Friedman served as trial counsel.
Juvenile Receives Reduced Sentence
Juvenile charged with Felonious Assault with Peace officer Specification.
Officer alleged that juvenile slashed his arm with a box cutter necessitating
extensive medical treatment. Judge found juvenile delinquent of lesser
included misdemeanor and ordered that the juvenile was not to be placed
under any supervision, pay any restitution, or fine.
Lawyer Cleared of Contempt Finding
In a highly publicized matter, a newly licensed public defender was held
in contempt of court by the trial judge after refusing to proceed to trial
on behalf of his client. The lawyer has been assigned to the case only
one day earlier and was unable to effectively prepare the case if caused
begin the trial. With the support of lawyers and legal organizations across
the United States, Ian N. Friedman served as lead counsel on behalf of
the lawyer. The extended hearing in the trial court yielded a reduction
of sentence to a mere fine. Recognizing the unfavorable precedent and
poor principle, Eric C. Nemecek spearheaded the appellate effort which
was eventually argued before the Ohio Eleventh District Court of Appeals.
In a wide reaching decision, the Court of Appeals overturned the conviction
mandating that a defendant’s right to a fair trial and the effective
representation of counsel outweighs the court’s concern for processing
of the docket. This case garnered national attention as a defendant’s
constitutional rights were placed in jeopardy by the trial court. After
being held in contempt, the lawyer was exonerated by the Court of Appeals.
According to a Plain Dealer Article, Judge John Plough ‘abused discretion’
court rules. This case garnered national attention and was watched closely
by prosecutors and defense lawyers alike from coast-to-coast. Although
several hundred lawyers joined at counsel of record, Ian Friedman was
lead counsel handling courtroom litigation and successful appellate argument.
Former Law-Enforcement Officer Charged with Domestic Violence
Former law-enforcement officer charged with Domestic Violence against girlfriend.
Accuser had facial injuries. Through discussions with prosecutors, the
client could have accepted a plea that carried a sentence of no jail time.
The client rejected the offer and exercised his right to a jury trial.
The defense's theory of the case was self-defense. Through cross-examination
of the accuser, Ian Friedman was able to elicit enough testimony to warrant
a jury instruction on the affirmative defense of self-defense. The defense
rested without calling any witnesses. The jury acquitted our client after
finding that he acted in self-defense.
Firefighter Found Not Guilty of Murder
A Veteran Cleveland Firefighter was indicted for Murder, Tampering With
Evidence, and Felonious Assault after an allegation that he punched an
81 year old man causing him to fall and break his hip. The coroner’s
office ruled that the man’s death sixteen months later was a direct
result of the fall and fracture. After almost two years of pre-trial proceedings
and a two and one half week trial, the jury took only two hours to find
him Not Guilty on all counts. As a result of the case, the Cuyahoga County
Coroner’s office was criticized by the jury causing intense public
scrutiny of the office in the media. Ian Friedman tried the case.
Defendant Receives Reduced Sentence For Domestic Charges
Mr. ****** was convicted of several domestic oriented offenses causing
the trial court to impose a fifteen (15) year period of incarceration.
The conviction was based in large part on the testimony of a clinical
psychologist that diagnosed the victim as suffering from Battered Woman
Syndrome. This diagnosis explained the vast number of inconsistencies
by the victim allowing for the conviction. This law firm was retained
to appeal the conviction. The primary issue presented on appeal was whether
the State violated the defendant’s right to a fair trial when the
evidence of Battered Woman Syndrome was introduced into evidence. Long
standing statute and precedent should have barred admission. The Eleventh
District Court of Appeals heard the matter. In a two to one decision,
the Court held that the law should permit for the introduction of this
type of testimony. Recognizing that the decision was in conflict with
existing authority, the court certified the conflict to the Ohio Supreme
Court. Oral arguments were presented to the Ohio Supreme Court and the
state of the law was changed in Ohio as a result. Mr. ****** was returned
to the trial court for new proceedings. He accepted the state’s
plea offer which substantially reduced the term of incarceration.
Defendant Receives Reduced Sentence of Sex Crime Charges
Seventeen year Navy officer was indicted for four counts of Rape of a Minor
(11 y.o. daughter) with Repeat Violent Offender Specifications causing
the alleged offenses to carry mandatory life sentences without parole
if convicted. An additional count of Gross Sexual Imposition with Specifications
was also included. Focus was put on the pre-trial Motions in this case.
As the trial Court convened for pre-trial motion hearings on the day of
trial, a plea to a third degree misdemeanor was secured on behalf of the
Defendant. This resulted in no jail, prison, or sexual offender classification.
Defendant Receives Reduced Sentence on Drug Charges
The State charged the Defendant with Trafficking in Cocaine after finding
cocaine and various items purportedly typical in trafficking schemes in
his vehicle. The defense argued that evidence of only possession existed,
which was a lesser degree offense falling outside of the mandatory prison
range. Despite the State’s argument to the contrary, the judge found
the Defendant Not Guilty of the more serious Trafficking. The Defendant
was placed on basic probation.
Defendant Released and Discharged of Drug Counts
The Defendant was charged with several felony counts including Possession
and Trafficking of Cocaine. The evidence included monitored telephone
calls, police surveillance, and seizure of the narcotics found in the
Defendant’s vehicle. The matter proceeded to jury trial. At the
conclusion of the State’s case, counsel moved for acquittal alleging
that the State had not met the minimal burden necessary. The Court granted
the motion and ordered the Defendant released and discharged.
Doctor Dismissed on Sexual Charges
Doctor charged with numerous sexual offenses including two counts of rape,
kidnapping, and gross sexual imposition. The alleged victim was his daughter.
After an extensive six month investigation, the Defense motioned the appellate
court to hold an evidentiary hearing pursuant to a Writ of Habeas Corpus.
Based upon the evidence which was to be presented at the hearing, the
State dismissed all counts. Further, a Proclamation of Innocence was obtained
on behalf of the client which was signed by the Prosecutors’ office.
Ian Friedman was lead counsel.
Cleveland Detective Receives a Misdemeanor Plea
Sixty-five year old retired Cleveland Detective was indicted for Aggravated
Burglary, Attempted Rape, Gross Sexual Imposition, and Kidnapping, all
with Firearm Specifications. The accuser alleged that while on duty the
detective committed the offenses while investigating another matter in
her home. The case was litigated by Ian Friedman and Eric Nemecek. After
almost one year of intense pre-trial motion debate, the jury was summoned
to the courtroom to begin trial. The State of Ohio then accepted defense
counsel’s proposal to conclude the case with only a misdemeanor
plea. As such, the client was ultimately convicted of Dereliction of Duty
which resulted in a $750.00 fine and six (months) of unmonitored probation.
The client exited the courtroom to return home.
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