SIGNIFICANT CASES AND APPEALS
I. FEDERAL CRIMINAL COURT CASES AND APPEALS
A. TRIALS AND MOTIONS
- Acquitted of Rape – U.S. v. Zildaj Perez, CR 04-00109-RBL. Client acquitted of
aggravated sexual abuse on Tulalip Reservation following three day jury trial.
- All Charges Dismissed — U.S. v. Rafael Valadez-Vasquez, CR15-00269RAJ. Charges of
- Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs dismissed shortly before trial date.
- Alibi Proved–All Charges Dismissed – U.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 Dismissed – U.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 Dismissed– U.S. v. Aweke Dubi, CR03-00016-
TSZ. All criminal charges dismissed after motion to suppress statements and
seized evidence filed.
- Mistrial Declared – U.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 Trial – U.S. v. McMullin, CR10-05314-RJB. Mail fraud and financial aid
- Jury Trial – U.S. v. Pondelick, CR10-05611-RJB. Second degree burglary charge
on Suquamish Reservation.
- Jury Trial – U.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 Trial – U.S. v. Mirza Akram, CR 04-00399-MJP. Food stamp fraud
charges. (Lead attorney with Peter Avenia as co-counsel.
- Jury Trial – U.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
- 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
- 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
- Judge Thomas Hett, Circuit Court of Cook County.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.