Our client, an accomplished chemist, found himself unknowingly entangled in a dark conspiracy involving drugs, bombs, and murder. A group of drug dealers devised a plan to murder potential government witnesses who were close to exposing the dealers’ drug distribution network. When federal officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives went undercover to infiltrate the group of dealers, they discovered that the traffickers planned to use explosives to carry out the murder scheme. An informant provided the Department of Justice with false information that our client was involved in this conspiracy in exchange for a reduced prison sentence. At the jury trial the federal prosecutor told the jury that our client had written a detailed 13-page confession admitting to building the explosives. Based on this fabricated evidence, our client faced life imprisonment along with three other co-defendants.

We presented evidence at trial demonstrating that our client had only met members of this conspiracy once - in a recreational setting. Our expert PhD chemist explained to the jury that the forensic evidence seized from our client’s laboratory did not match the composition of any of the bombs. The so-called “confession” did not hold up well during cross-examination of the agents either. Moreover, our client testified that his statement was fabricated. While the federal government took three years to develop the case, the jury needed only three hours of deliberation to find our client not guilty. (Co-defendants in this conspiracy case received life sentences.)

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