March News!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Case News and Youth Law Day 2019


Case News:


Immigration Habeas Team Secures Client's Release!

Seattle AFDs Greg Murphy and Corey Endo, along with Seattle paralegals Donna Maxwell and Charlotte Ponikvar fought tirelessly through two habeas corpus petitions and an appeal to the Ninth Circuit, to win the release of their client, an Indian man held in immigration custody. The client was held in immigration custody for 17 months after being ordered deported.  Great work!


Tacoma FPD Secures a Dismissal on a Misdemeanor Simple Assault Charge:

Paralegal Carolynn Cohn, investigator Stacey Brownstein and a Tacoma AFD worked hard to obtain the dismissal of an assault of a child charge brought against an innocent client: the defense investigation showed that client’s so-called confession had not in fact actually occurred, and that the Government’s legal theories were deficient in any event.  The Government dismissed the case after the defense filed a trial brief highlighting numerous proof problems. The win was particularly important to the Client as it should help close a dependency action that was brought because of the unjust accusation. Client expressed his gratitude to the entire defense team. 


Youth Law Day:

Once again our offices participated in Youth Law Day on March 21, 2019. Youth Law Day is sponsored by the Federal Bar Association and partners with the College Success Foundation of Washington State. This year, students from south King County high schools attended a one-day session to learn about careers in the federal legal system. Federal Defender Mike Filipovic and Investigator Stacey Brownstein spoke to the students and faculty about their career paths and work at the Federal Public Defender. The event was also attended by Chief District Court Judge Ricardo S. Martinez, District Court Judge Richard Jones, Court Reporter Nancy Bauer, as well as prosecutors and federal law enforcement.

In the afternoon, Seattle and Tacoma Assistant Federal Defenders helped a dedicated team of high school students develop and present their case, and those students did an amazing job. The case was hard fought, and resulted in a guilty verdict, that surprised many. The student defense attorneys then rallied to argue that the defendant should not be incarcerated; Judge Jones agreed and imposed only community service hours. Afterwards, one student indicated that she would like to pursue an internship with our office someday. A great day and a lot of fun!

(top: 1) Federal Defender Mike Filipovic speaks to the high school students about his career and the life of a Federal Public Defender in the Western District of Washington. middle: 2) Seattle AFD Mohammad Hamoudi helps prep a student for the mock trial. bottom: 3) Seattle and Tacoma AFDS who helped the high school students with the mock trial)



Archive Date: 
March, 2019