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Pro Bono Client Wins Dismissal of Criminal Indictment

Paul, Weiss secured the dismissal of a criminal indictment at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against a pro bono client. The U.S. Attorney’s Office dismissed the case following the court’s grant of Paul, Weiss’s motion to suppress. In a 19-page opinion, Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled that officers of the Metropolitan Police Department arrested our client without probable cause in violation of the Fourth Amendment and, consequently, that the physical evidence in the case and any statements made by our client at the scene of the arrest subsequent to his handcuffing must be suppressed. Paul, Weiss was appointed counsel in this case under the Criminal Justice Act. Our client was facing a prison sentence of up to 30 years with a 20-year mandatory minimum if found guilty on the charges, which included possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

The Paul, Weiss team that prepared the motion to suppress and multiple supporting briefs included litigation partner Alex Oh and associates Ravi Romel Sharma (who cross-examined two MPD officers at an evidentiary hearing on the motion to suppress), Lina Dagnew and Ocasha Musah.

December 20, 2019

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