SIGNIFICANT CASES AND APPEALS

I. FEDERAL CRIMINAL COURT CASES AND APPEALS
              A. TRIALS AND MOTIONS

  • Acquitted of RapeU.S. v. Zildaj Perez, CR 04-00109-RBL. Client acquitted of
    aggravated sexual abuse on Tulalip Reservation following three day jury trial.
  • All Charges DismissedU.S. v. Rafael Valadez-Vasquez, CR15-00269RAJ. Charges of
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs dismissed shortly before trial date.
  • Alibi Proved–All Charges DismissedU.S. v. Tho Le, CR12-00041RSL. Client
    charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Marijuana, (over 100 plants), which
    carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in Federal Prison. After Mr.
    Lohraff proved the client was at work during the alleged criminal activities, the
    government completely dismissed all charges.
  • Successful Motion – All Charges DismissedU.S. v. Arrelano-Salgado, CR09-
    5360-RJB. Alien in possession of firearms charges dropped after motion to
    suppress evidence for Fourth Amendment violation granted by District Court.
  • Contested Motion – All Charges DismissedU.S. v. Aweke Dubi, CR03-00016-
    TSZ. All criminal charges dismissed after motion to suppress statements and
    seized evidence filed.
  • Mistrial DeclaredU.S. v. Mirza Akram, CR 04-00399-MJP. Mistrial declared
    on arson charges. (hung jury). (Lead attorney with Peter Avenia as co-counsel).
  • Jury Trial U.S. v. Sexton, CR11-0383RSL. Multiple armed bank robberies.
  • Jury TrialU.S. v. McMullin, CR10-05314-RJB. Mail fraud and financial aid
    fraud charges.
  • Jury TrialU.S. v. Pondelick, CR10-05611-RJB. Second degree burglary charge
    on Suquamish Reservation.
  • Jury TrialU.S. v. Henry Redlightning, CR07-0358-JLR. Federal murder trial
    with extensive pre-trial investigation and motion litigation involving numerous
    witnesses, including experts. (Co-counsel to Mike Filipovic).
  • Jury TrialU.S. v. Mirza Akram, CR 04-00399-MJP. Food stamp fraud
    charges. (Lead attorney with Peter Avenia as co-counsel.
  • Jury TrialU.S. v. Kenneth Door, CR12 – 5126BL. Felon in Possession of Firearm charges.

B. FEDERAL APPEALS:

  • U.S. v. Jason May, 11-30021. Reversed.
  • U.S. v. James Murphy, 04-30479. Reversed in part, affirmed in part.
  • U.S. v. Maleek James, 11-30160. Affirmed with concurring opinion.
  • U.S. v. Nathan Bonds, 15-30341. Affirmed.
  • U.S. v. Michael Eckenrode, 15-30201. Oral argument in May, 2017.
  • U.S. v. Jesica McMullin, 11-30377. Affirmed.
  • U.S. v. Jian Li, 11-30138. Affirmed.

C.  FEDERAL HABEAS CORPUS CASES:

  • U.S. v. Jaime Edgtton, C16=5484 RJB. Petition granted, client released from Federal Prison.
  • U.S. v. Michael Armstrong, C15-05564RBL. Petition still pending.
  • U.S. v. Donato Valle Vega, C15-5792RBL. Petition still pending.

II. STATE COURT CASES

A. Appellate and Post-Conviction Cases¹

  • Innocent Client Released From Death Row: State v. Patterson, 735 N.E.2d
    616 (IL 2000). Illinois Supreme Court granted evidentiary hearing on postconviction
    claim that client’s confession was obtained by torture. While case was
    on remand, client was one of four exonerated prisoners released from death row
    by former Illinois Governor George Ryan.
  •  Innocent Client Freed From Prison: State v. Rene Castillo, 89 CR 2461. After
    serving 11 years of 48 year sentence, client released from prison following
    successful post-conviction petition resulting in new hearing. Responsible for
    writing majority of petition and brief alleging innocence and judicial, police and
    prosecutorial misconduct in prosecution for murder. Following granting of
    evidentiary hearing by Circuit Court of Cook County, Cook County State’s Attorney
  • dismissed all charges upon overwhelming evidence of innocence.
  • Client Who Was Tortured Has Sentence Drastically Reduced: State v.
    Cannon, 293 Ill. App. 3d 634 (1997). Represented client at evidentiary hearing
    ordered by Illinois Appellate Court on claims that client’s homicide confession
    was obtained through torture. Case settled for additional short prison sentence
    during evidentiary hearing.

B. Felony Trials and Contested Motions While Attorney in Chicago

  1. Not Guilty of Murder: People v. Willie Smith, 93 CR 1380. Finding of not guilty
    of murder following bench trial before Judge Thomas Hett, Circuit Court of Cook
    County, after Court granted defendant’s motion to suppress statements due to
    coercion.
  2. Not Guilty of Child Sex Charges: People v. Eugene Creasap, 94 CR 16653.
    Finding of not guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse following jury trial before
  3. Judge Thomas Hett, Circuit Court of Cook County.
  4. Not Guilty of Armed Robbery: People v. Alfred Jackson, 95 CR 19713. Finding
    not guilty of armed robbery after bench trial before Judge Thomas Hett, Circuit
    Court of Cook County.
  5. Not Guilty of Rape Charges: People v. David Claiborne, 93 CR 4882. Finding
    of not guilty of aggravated criminal sexual assault after bench trial before Judge
    Thomas Hett, Circuit Court of Cook County.
  6. Not Guilty of Drug Charges: People v. Odis Norris, 92 CR 23807. Finding of
    not guilty of drug charges following a jury trial before Judge Dennis Porter,
    Circuit Court of Cook County.
  7. Armed Violence and Drug Charges Dismissed: People v. John Tate, 92 CR
    12004. Armed violence, unlawful use of a weapon, and narcotics possession
    charges dismissed after defendant’s motion to suppress evidence based on illegal
    stop and seizure was granted by Judge Dennis Porter, Circuit Court of Cook
    County.
  8. Not Guilty Sexual Assault: People v. George Shavers, 94 CR 18252. Finding of
    not guilty of aggravated criminal sexual assault following bench trial before Judge
    Thomas Hett, Circuit Court of Cook County.

III. FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS JURY TRIAL

  • Tolson v. Osborn, et al., 99 C 4548. Jury awarded plaintiff $300,000 for Fourth
    Amendment violation. Court awarded attorney’s fees of $325,000 after plaintiff
    rejected City of Chicago’s offer of $25,000 to settle false arrest case.
¹ – Represented clients with my partners at People’s Law Office.