Case Results

Pennsylvania Man Accused of Groping: Not Guilty All Counts

State: Pennsylvania
Court:  Court of Common Pleas for York County
Case Name:  Commonwealth v. G.Z.
Lead Attorney: Tom Pavlinic
Judge:  Kelley
Co-counsel:  Autumn Walden
Date: February 11, 2011

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.

Vermont Client Charged with Molestation: All Charges Dismissed

State:  Vermont
Court:  Superior Court, Washington Criminal Division
Case Name:  State v. D.F.
Lead Attorney: Tom Pavlinic
Judge:  Not Assigned
Co-counsel:  Lisa Shelkrot
Date: January 6, 2011

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.

Maryland Sex Abuse Case Nolle Prosequi on Morning of Trial

State:  Maryland
Court:  Circuit Court for Baltimore City
Case Name:  State v. B.E.
Lead Attorney: Tom Pavlinic
Judge:  Not Assigned
Co-counsel:  Charlotte Weinstein
Trial Date: December 15, 2010

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.

Virginia 4-Year Old Barred From Testifying: Not Guilty All Counts

State:  Virginia
Court:  Circuit Court for Suffolk County
Case Name:  Commonwealth v. D.H.
Lead Attorney: Tom Pavlinic
Judge:  Eason
Co-counsel:  Melinda Glaubke
Date: October 2010

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.

No Medical Evidence: Not Guilty All Counts

State:  Maryland
Court:  Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
Case Name:  State v. T.S.
Lead Attorney: Tom Pavlinic
Judge:  North
Co-counsel:  Charlotte Weinstein
Date: September 2010

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

Pennsylvania Vindictive Girlfriend: Not Guilty All Counts

State: Pennsylvania
Court:  Court of Common Pleas for York County
Case Name:  Commonwealth v. R.Z.
Lead Attorney: Tom Pavlinic
Judge:  Kennedy
Co-counsel:  Jerry Lord
Date: August 2010

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.