Clients Acquitted and Charges Dismissed Following Wrongful Imprisonment
This is one of our signature cases. Two friends in their early 20’s were socializing with friends at a local tavern in Portage County. The next day, a local fisherman discovered a woman’s body near the shoreline of a pond. The woman’s last known whereabouts traced back to the same local tavern where Bob and Randy were visiting the night before. Ultimately, a third party was charged with the murder who, in turn, implicated Bob and Randy in the strangulation death of a 30-year-old mother of two children. They were tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Marein and Bradley became involved in the case more than a decade after the original convictions. We were successful in getting the case heard by the Ohio Supreme Court who granted a new trial for both individuals. A complete acquittal and dismissal of all charges resulted from a hotly contested three week jury trial. From there, Marein and Bradley filed and won a contested civil lawsuit against the State of Ohio alleging their clients to be wrongfully imprisoned individuals. We are currently seeking money damages in the Ohio Court of Claims.
Death Penalty Prosecution Dismissed Due to DNA Expert Services Employed by Marein and Bradley
Death penalty prosecution of a husband for the stabbing death of his estranged wife. The client was accused of plotting the execution of his wife who was attempting to pursue a modeling career in California.
Marein and Bradley performed a mock trial of the case during pre-trial preparation and learned from the mock jury that a piece of evidence which prosecutors disregarded as inconsequential needed to be developed by the defense. Marein and Bradley followed up on this lead and employed the services of an internationally prominent DNA expert who tested the evidence. Marein and Bradley supplied the prosecution with a very defense favorable report which resulted in all charges being dismissed prior to trial.
Client Found Not Guilty of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
Client, a 23-year-old male, is awakened at 3:30 a.m. by his girlfriend’s father who throws the client and his best friend out of his home. The client and best friend had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana all evening and had only been asleep for less than an hour. The client then drove his motor vehicle away from the home. The client, driving at 65 mph in a 25 mph zone, failed to navigate a turn at a dead end. The car crashed head-on with a large tree. The client’s friend, who is not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected through the front window and was killed instantly. The client’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit and THC was active in his blood stream when a blood draw was tested.
Marein and Bradley hired a trial consultant/jury expert to create a trial theme to attempt to avoid conviction of aggravated vehicular homicide which carried a mandatory penitentiary sentence.
At trial, Marein and Bradley emphasized the long term friendship of the client and the victim and the bizarre circumstances of the case. The jury accepted the defense argument and found the client NOT GUILTY of aggravated vehicular homicide. The client was found guilty of a lesser misdemeanor offense of vehicular homicide. The client avoided a penitentiary sentence. When the verdict was read almost every juror was in tears.
Mother Convicted of Shooting Received Significantly Reduced Sentence at Retrial
Client, a middle-aged mother of four adult children, was accused of shooting her estranged husband five times while he slept in his bed. Her husband survived the shooting. The shooting occurred at the estranged husband’s separate residence while divorce proceedings were pending in Lorain County. The client proceeded to trial with an attorney who had not filed necessary pre-trial motions challenging evidence that was vital to the case. The client was convicted of all charges and sentenced to 13 years in jail.
Marein and Bradley were hired to handle the appeal and challenged the effectiveness of the client’s trial counsel for failing to file pre-trial motions. The Court of Appeals agreed with Marein and Bradley and ordered a new trial.
Marein and Bradley handled the new trial proceedings and challenged the scientific evidence (gunshot residue removed from the client’s hands by detectives on the night of the shooting). During the middle of the jury trial in Lorain County, where Marein and Bradley extensively attacked the husband’s ability to identify his attacker, the prosecutor offered Marein and Bradley a plea bargain for the client (plead guilty to lesser charges, accept 30 days in jail and one year probation). Marein and Bradley encouraged the client to accept the plea. The client was home after serving her 30-day sentence. An incredible victory considering the client was originally sentenced to 13 years in the penitentiary.
Client Found Not Guilty of Murder
Client, a 32-year-old father of two small children, stopped at a local restaurant after midnight to order take-out. While in the parking lot after picking up his food, the client’s car was struck by an individual backing out of a parking space. As the two began exchanging information, another individual in the car began belittling the client and threw a punch at him. The client blocked a second punch and struck the individual in his face with an open hand causing the individual to fall backward, hitting his head. The individual suffered severe brain trauma when striking his head and died several days later. The client was charged with murder.
At trial, Marein and Bradley focused on the client’s intent and the individual’s violent and unreasonable behavior in the parking lot. The client was found NOT GUILTY of murder by the jury.
NASA Accountant Found Not Guilty of Rape
Client, one of NASA’s top accountants in the Cleveland division, was accused of raping his five-year-old son. The accusation was made shortly after the client’s wife filed for divorce and custody of the couples’ son. Police and social workers videotaped the interview of the five-year-old.
Marein and Bradley received a copy of the video interview and employed the services of a PhD. Child Psychologist. With the assistance of the psychologist, Marein and Bradley crafted an examination of the child and his mother to expose the allegation as false and motivated to injure the client. If convicted the client was exposed to mandatory life imprisonment. Marein and Bradley proceeded to trial and effectively cross-examined the child and mother. The jury accepted Marein and Bradley’s theory of defense and the client was found NOT GUILTY of all charges.