Interviewer: Can you give me a few examples of case studies? Either really unusual cases or cases where you had a big win and the odds were really stacked against somebody at first?
Andrew Jezic: We had a case that’s on our website. It’s an article January 2012 from the gazette where our client was arrested for sexual abuse of a minor. He was in jail and he confessed to that on videotape and then his former lawyer convince him to plead guilty and it was a cap of 8 years. He was going to be deported because of his guilty plea, his marriage would be ruined and his relationship with his only son born in United States would have been forever a Skype relationship. The family of his ex-girlfriend hired us because the family liked him so much over the years with his interaction with the ex-girlfriend that they felt sorry for him.
The Ex-Girlfriend’s Family was Convinced that the Defendant was Not Guilty
They didn’t believe that he would have ever done something like this because he was such a big guy; they hired us because his family couldn’t afford it and we convinced the judge to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea. We went to trial 6 months later or 8 months later and asserted that it was a false confession and we had a false confession expert that we hired that did a battery of tests on him. The judge would not allow the false confession expert to testify before the jury and that was the result of lengthy pretrial motions. Despite that setback, we still asserted aggressively to the jury that it was a false confession, that Marvin was somebody that was very prone to over pleasing authority figures.
The Jury Acquitted the Defendant After Listening to his Testimony
He was very prone to high anxiety in pressure situations and very poor decision-making and low intelligence. The combination of all those things helped us in convincing 12 people that the videotape they saw of him confessing to sexually abusing a female child was in fact not to be relied upon and it was a false confession. They acquitted him after hearing his testimony of all the charges, without an expert. That case is significant because
- We convinced the judge to withdraw a guilty plea,
- We got an acquittal on a videotaped false confession,
- Without the help of an expert convincing the jury that false confessions still happen.
The Army Ranger Murder Case is Another Notable Case Worth Mentioning
Interviewer: Any other interesting case studies?
Andrew Jezic: The army ranger murder case. Gary Smith was a Sergeant in the Army Rangers and served five tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was inside Iraq when the bombing started in 2003, he left the army honorably after 5 years and was living with another army ranger. That army ranger, one night, in Gary’s presence shot himself in the right side of his head with a small handgun and Gary was charged with the first degree murder. There was marijuana, there was a lot of drinking and Gary made some poor decisions afterwards and lied three times about what really happened but in the end, he told the truth and said his fellow army ranger buddy killed himself after four tours of duty.
The Victim Had Committed Suicide After Four Tours of Duty with the Army Rangers
The victim himself had four tours of duty. The first trial resulted after 12 trials days and multiple experts including very well-known forensic pathologist Vincent Di-Maio who testified in the Zimmerman case, who testified in multiple other high profile cases for us, in an acquittal of first degree murder and acquittal of second degree murder but he was found guilty of the depraved-heart murder. The case was eventually reversed by our state’s top court. Gary got a second trial, his family hired us again for the second trial which is very unusual and after a two week trial, Gary was acquitted of the depraved-heart murder but found guilty of manslaughter.
It is Highly Likely that the Suspect will be Acquitted of All Charges in the Third Trial
The case was reversed again on 28 August of 2014 and now the third trial is set for May of 2014 where Gary’s only facing manslaughter and the gun charge. He’s already served 8 years two years of which have been on house arrest which he’s on now. This is his third stint on pre-trial house arrest. There was a bail of $50,000 which the family paid and we expect to walk him out the front door the third time.
Two Eye-Witnesses Claimed to Identify a Suspect Accused of Arms Robbery
Interviewer: How about one last unusual interesting case?
Andrew Jezic: There was the arms robbery in Prince George’s County where two eyewitnesses took the stand in front of the jury and pointed at our client Eric Johnson and said, “That’s him. I know it’s him. I’m sure of it”. Two different eyewitnesses who did not know each other, and they were not friends. Our cross-examination of the two eyewitnesses created such confusion and doubt about their testimony that the prosecutor surprised everybody by walking in the court on the third day of the jury trial and dismissing all charges before the jury ever got the case because the two eyewitnesses were so awful during cross-examination. That was an article that made it to the Washington Post.