Suppression of Key Evidence
The court granted our motion to suppress our client’s statement in a first degree murder case. We filed a motion to suppress on the grounds that the client’s statement was involuntary. The court agreed, and held that the interrogating officers did not scrupulously honor our client’s right to remain silent, made false and misleading statements about the strength of the evidence against our client, denied our client his statutory right to a phone call, and improperly implied lenient treatment, rendering our client’s statement involuntary.
Our client was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. We persuaded the trial court that the police had unlawfully stopped and searched our client, and that the marijuana had to be suppressed as the fruit of an unconstitutional search. Since the prosecution could not go forward without the marijuana as evidence, the case was dismissed and the defendant was discharged.
We persuaded the trial judge to suppress key evidence obtained against our client from a telephone conversation that was wiretapped by law enforcement authorities without obtaining proper justification prior to the interception.
We persuaded a trial court judge to suppress evidence against our client because he was improperly stopped, questioned, and frisked by local police based merely on a hunch.
We were successful on appeal in establishing that the seizure of several pounds of cocaine by the state police was unlawful because they did not have a warrant to search the defendant’s apartment.