Nine Victories in a Row

Beginning in September 2009, I had 9, fiercely-contested child sex abuse cases in 5 states: Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Vermont.  Of those cases, 7 resulted in full acquittals by jury, and two 2 were dismissed prior to or on the day of the scheduled trial.

If you have any questions about my approach and commitment in these types of cases, you could speak with any of the clients or co-counsel who worked with me.  I will provide their contact information.

Referenced below is the case of Donald H. Stettner, a school psychologist from Pittsburgh.  Don has authorized me to share his name and the facts of his case.  Please Google for more detail or call 412.608.0063.

State:  Virginia

Court:  Circuit Court for Lancaster County

Case Name:  Commonwealth v. T.C.

Judge:  Talifero

Trial Date:  September 2009

Co-counsel:  Jud Collier (Lead Counsel)

Result:  Not Guilty – All Counts (Jury Verdict)

Comments:  Complainant was only 6 years old.  Defense challenged competency due to suggestion, but the court permitted the child to testify.  Cross examination established the unreliability of the allegations.

State:  Delaware

Court:  Superior Court for Sussex County

Case Name:  State v. R.P.

Judge:  Graves

Trial Date:  December 2009

Co-counsel:  Kate Aaronson

Result:  Not Guilty – All Counts (Jury Verdict)

Comments:  Allegations of spousal rape that were made along with allegations of child sex abuse during a divorce case.

State: Pennsylvania

Court:  Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County

Case Name:  Commonwealth v. Donald H. Stettner

Judge:  Sasinoski

Trial Date:  March 2010 (16-day trial)

Co-counsel:  Timothy Lucas

Result: Not Guilty – All 7 Counts (Jury Verdict)

Comments:  Adopted son accused his father of anally raping him 600 times between ages 9 and 17.  He also accused his natural mother of sexual abuse.  Mother was originally charged, but she accepted a plea for a suspended sentence and agreed to testify against husband.

State: Pennsylvania

Court:  Court of Common Pleas for York County

Case Name:  Commonwealth v. R.Z.

Judge:  Kennedy

Trial Date:  August 2010

Co-counsel:  Jerry Lord

Result: Not Guilty – All Counts (Jury Verdict)

Case Comments:  Allegations of sexual abuse of the teenage daughter of our client’s girlfriend made when the relationship ended.  Along with many photographs, defense presented testimony of independent witnesses who observed the interaction with the complainant and our client.

State:  Maryland

Court:  Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County

Case Name:  State v. T.S.

Judge:  North

Trial Date:  September 2010

Co-counsel:  Charlotte Weinstein

Result:  Not Guilty – All Counts (Jury Verdict)

Case Comments:  Father accused of abusing his 2 teenage daughters at the same time.  There was no medical evidence to support the allegations.  Pediatrician and therapist testified for the defense.  Allegations arose during a divorce case and only after the children were sent to Florida to visit the wife’s family.

State:  Virginia

Court:  Circuit Court for Suffolk County

Case Name:  Commonwealth v. D.H.

Judge:  Eason

Trial Date:  October 2010

Co-counsel:  Melinda Glaubke

Result:  Not Guilty – All Counts (Jury Verdict)

Case Comments:  The complainant was only 4 years old.  The judge found her testimony unreliable and did not permit her to testify.  The prosecution proceeded without the child’s testimony, attempting to rely on our client’s purported statement to the police.

State:  Maryland

Court:  Circuit Court for Baltimore City

Case Name:  State v. B.E.

Judge:  Not Assigned

Trial Date:  December 15, 2010

Co-counsel:  Charlotte Weinstein

Result:  Entered Nolle Prosequi on morning of trial

Case Comments:  Defense pointed out that the charges were inconsistent with the (i) police investigation, (ii) statements made to the social worker and (iii) the grand jury presentation.  Case dismissed when a detailed letter questioned prosecutorial ethics and threatened outside intervention.

State:  Vermont

Court:  Superior Court, Washington Criminal Division

Case Name:  State v. D.F.

Judge:  Not Assigned

Trial Date:  January 6, 2011

Co-counsel:  Lisa Shelkrot

Result:  Dismissed prior to trial

Case Comments:  The Complainant was a special-needs student who had been transported by our client.  His lack of credibility was established when the investigation showed that he had made previous unfounded complaints against others.

State: Pennsylvania

Court:  Court of Common Pleas for York County

Case Name:  Commonwealth v. G.Z.

Judge:  Kelley

Trial Date:  February 9-11, 2011

Co-counsel:  Autumn Walden

Result: Not Guilty – All Counts (Jury Verdict)

Case Comments:  Our client was gay.  He was accused of groping a much bigger and stronger 17-year old athlete in the locker room of a public gym.  Testimony from the prosecution’s own witnesses contradicted not only the complainant but also each other.

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