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United States of America v. Michael Joseph Pointer

Tulsa, OK: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with carjacking; kidnapping in Indian Country; and carrying, using, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Michael Joseph Pointer, 43, pleaded guilty in May 2021 to carjacking; kidnapping in Indian Country; and carrying, using, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of v... More...
   $0 (09-17-2021 - OK)

United States of America v. Antoine Robert Threefingers

Billings, MT: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with assault and firearm felonies.

Antoine Robert Threefingers, 37, was found guilty of assault on a federal officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

Threefingers faces a maximum 20 years in prison, a... More...
   $0 (09-17-2021 - MT)

United States of America v. Monica Ruiz

Tyler, TX: Elder wire fraud criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Monica Ruiz, age 45, who enlisted a variety of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises in a scheme to defraud an elderly victim from Bullard, Texas. Among the various misrepresentations Ruiz made in order to obtain money from the victim were the following:

- That Ruiz had been in a coma;
... More...
   $0 (09-15-2021 - TX)

United States of America v. Waseem Nazir Ahmed Maknojiya

Houston, TX: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud criminal defense lawyers represented Defendant, Waseem Maknojiya, age 37, who between April and October 2019, Waseem Nazir Ahmed Maknojiya was involved in a telemarketing scheme via Indian call centers to extort money from victims in the United States. Maknojiya acted as a runner in these schemes, using aliases and fake identification documents to pick ... More...   $0 (09-13-2021 - TX)

United States of America v. Shane McKinley Swimmer

Asheville, NC: Second degree murder criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Shane McKinley Swimmer, age 21, of Cherokee, North Carolina.

An November 10, 2018, Swimmer and his uncle, Charles Ray “Chino” West, were at his uncle’s residence on Rocky Knob Trail in Swain County, which is within the boundaries of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reservation. Trial evidence es... More...
   $0 (09-10-2021 - NC)

United States of America v. Brittney Nicole Schmidt

Muskogee, OK: Involuntary manslaughter in Indian Country criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Brittney Nicole Schmidge, age 28.

On August 15, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant did unlawfully kill another human being while in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony, that is operating a motor vehicle under the influ... More...
   $0 (09-10-2021 - OK)

United States of America v. Carl John Irons, Jr.

Tulsa, OK: Firearm possession felony criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Carl John Irons, Jr., age 20, who illegally sold a gun which was used to commit voluntary manslaughter in Indian Country.

“An illegal gun sale ended in tragedy when a 16-year-old was killed in an exchange of gunfire,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Too many families have lost children to g... More...
   $0 (09-10-2021 - OK)

United States of America v. LILLIAN AKWUBA

Atlanta, Georgia - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with conspiring to distribute and distributing controlled substances and conspiring to commit and committing health care fraud charges.



Ms. Akwuba was convicted of issuing and conspiring to issue prescriptions
for controlled substances improperly, cons... More...
   $0 (09-09-2021 - GA)

United States of America v. Kyle Joseph Vannortwick

Muskogee, OK: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with second-degree murder in Indian Country.

Kyle Joseph Vannortwick, age 36, of Muskogee, Oklahoma was found guilty by a federal jury of Murder –Second Degree in Indian Country, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1111(a), 1151 and 1153. The jury trial began with testimony on Monday, August 16, 2021... More...
   $0 (09-08-2021 - OK)

United States of America v. MIKEL LEVI TUCSON

Denver, CO - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with three counts of possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute it and one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute charges.



In April 2006, a federal grand jury indicted Mr. Tucson on four counts of
possession of a controlled s... More...
   $0 (09-08-2021 - CO)

United States of America v. LONNIE M. BROWN

Denver, CO - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with a assault resulting in serious bodily injury charge.



After examining the briefs and appellate record, this panel has determined
unanimously that oral argument would not materially assist in the determination
of this appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(... More...
   $0 (09-05-2021 - CO)

United States of America v. Eugene Todd Nunley

Tulsa, Oklahoma aggravated sexual abuse by force and threat in Indian country criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Eugene Todd Nunley, 48, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse by force and threat in Indian Country

The defendant admitted that he forced the female victim into a wooded area and raped her on Aug. 13, 2015. The victim was walking on the Osage Prairie Trail near ... More...
   $0 (09-03-2021 - OK)

United States of America v. Desma Valdez

Oklahoma City, OK: Second-degree murder criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Desma Valdez, 20, of Lincoln County, was indicted for second-degree murder in connection with a house fire in Indian Country.

On January 21, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a six-count Indictment charging Valdez with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, arson, and u... More...
   $0 (08-31-2021 - OK)

United States of America v. Cova Campbell

Tacoma, WA: Wire fraud criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Cova Campbell, a former Pierce County Housing Authority executive, who was indicted for sealing nearly $7 million from her employer.

Campbell pleaded guilty in January 2021, admitting that between March 2016 and July 2019, she used a variety of schemes to divert $6.9 million in public money to her own bank accounts. A... More...
   $0 (08-27-2021 - WA)

United States of America v. Antonio Daniel Bandin

Phoenix, AZ: Voluntary manslaughter criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant Antonio Daniel Bandin, 21, of Casa Blanca, Arizona, who was charged with Voluntary Manslaughter.

On March 16, 2020, Bandin shot the victim multiple times, resulting in the victim’s death. Bandin is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community.

The Gila River Police Department conducted t... More...
   $0 (08-27-2021 - AZ)

United States of America v. Bradley Don Goodin

Tulsa, OK: Child sexual abuse criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Bradley Don Goodin, 47, indicted for sexually abusing a child in Indian Country.

During the hearing, the young victim spoke before the Court as well as another child who was also abused by Goodin. Judge Frizzell noted how compelling the statements were and stressed that these types of crimes have a significant i... More...
   $0 (08-26-2021 - OK)

United States of America v. DYLANN STORM ROOF Criminal Death Penalty

Richmond, VA - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and one weapon-possession count charges.



I. OVERVIEW
In 2015, Dylann Storm Roof, then 21 years old, shot and killed nine members of the
historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (... More...
   $0 (08-26-2021 - VA)

United States of America v. Brandon Joseph Smith

Tulsa, OK: First degree murder in Indian county criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant.

Brandon Joseph Smith, age 38, was charged with first-degree murder for strangling his wife, Cynthia Mayfield, age 34, on March 4, 2019.

Defendant was charged, tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison but the conviction and sentence were set aside as a result of the McGirt case t... More...
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United States of America v. Nicole Poole Franklin

Des Moines, Iowa criminal defense lawyer represented defendant, who was charged with attempted murder.

Nicole Poole Franklin, 42, admitted driving her Jeep Grand Cherokee on Creston Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, where the first child-victim was walking along the sidewalk with another young relative. Upon seeing the children and believing that the victim was of Middle Eastern or African desc... More...
   $0 (08-24-2021 - IA)

Cayuga Nation, et al. v. Howard Tanner, et al

New York, NY - Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (“IGRA”) lawyer represented defendant with a Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (“IGRA”) claim.



This case marks the latest installment of a decades-long dispute between
the Cayuga Nation (the “Nation”), a federally recognized Indian tribe, and the
Village of Unio... More...
   $0 (08-23-2021 - NY)

United States of America v. Lawrence Junior Loftis

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with abusive sexual contact with a minor.

Lawrence Junion Loftis, age 65, a Native American, was indicted with with aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact with a child under 12 years old in Indian Country.

On August 13, 2021, after a four-day trial, a federal jury found Loftis guilty of abus... More...
   $0 (08-20-2021 - OK)

United States of America v. Redex Lester, Jr.

Tulsa, Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with second degree murder in Indian country.

Redex Lester Jr., was charged with second-degree murder in Indian Country and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian County in connection with the death of Wayne Thomas and serious injury of another.

Lester had a history of four prior driving under th... More...
   $0 (08-19-2021 - OK)

United States of America v. Seth Thomas Blackburn, Peter Joseph Blackburn, a/k/a "Homer," and Brent Jordan Gould

Cheyenne, Wyoming criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with kidnapping that resulted in death.

Seth Thomas Blackburn, age 31, of Riverston, Wyoming, Peter Joseph Blackburn, a/k/a "Homer," age 34,Riverton, Wyoming, and Brent Jordan Gould, age 30, of Riverton, Wyoming were charged with kidnapping that resulted in the death of Victor Dale Addision.

On the afternoon... More...
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United States of America v. Stoney Prior

Reno, Nevada criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with second degree murder.

In January 31, 2018, Stoney Prior (43) shot and killed two people on the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation, at the home of one of the victims. Both victims were members of the Fort McDermitt Shoshone Paiute Tribe.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada made the... More...
   $0 (08-17-2021 - NV)

United States of America v. Randy Ala Hamett

Tulsa, Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with defendant charged with kidnapping in Indian Country; carjacking; possessing and receiving a stolen firearm and stolen ammunition; possession of a firearm while subject to a domestic violence protective order; burglary in the second degree in Indian Country; assaults with a dangerous weapons (2 counts) in Indian Country; dom... More...   $0 (08-17-2021 - OK)

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