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Fourth Department orders hearing on defense claims

Posted by on October 13, 2016 in Firm News | 0 comments

ETKS Partner, Brian Shiffrin,  filed a 440 motion to set aside the verdict convicting Jenise Haddad-Smith of Attempted Second Degree Murder. The prosecution claimed Haddad-Smith cut her husband’s neck while he was lying in bed in March 2010. *  *  *  * After being cut, Todd Smith was able to get outside where he yelled in the street that she had stabbed him. Police found Haddad-Smith inside with allegedly self-inflicted stab wounds, including an...

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Bill Easton appointed Richard Wilbern’s capital defender Wednesday

Posted by on October 7, 2016 in Firm News | 0 comments

Easton was brought onboard as Wilbern’s capital defender Wednesday. Easton said a federal death penalty prosecution is extremely rare. He added it’s a good sign local prosecutors expedited the review, saying it could mean they don’t feel it’s a capital crime, but regardless, Easton said his work starts now. “I’ll defend him as if his life were at issue, which it is,” Easton said. Read the TWC News article...

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Robert Forbes Jr., represented by Larry Kasperek, found not guilty of August 2012 homicide

Posted by on October 7, 2016 in Firm News | 0 comments

Forbes was charged with second-degree murder almost two years after the homicide. . . . Forbes’ attorney, Lawrence Kasperek, said there was no physical evidence against Forbes, only testimony from individuals who claimed Forbes admitted the crime to them. Kasperek said he thinks the jury did not find them credible. *  *  *  * “They had no objective evidence whatsoever connecting my guy to the crime,” said Kasperek, of the Easton, Thompson, Kasperek, Shiffrin...

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Rochester City Court Judge dismisses resisting arrest charge lodged against defendant, represented by ETKS associate Danielle Wild

Posted by on September 12, 2016 in Firm News | 0 comments

Following a pre-trial hearing, Rochester City Court Judge Ellen Yacknin agreed with defense counsel (ETKS associate Danielle Wild) that law enforcement had no lawful basis to detain, let alone arrest, the defendant.  In a decision issued August 31st, Judge Yacknin wrote, “Sergeant Leckinger lacked the reasonable suspicion of criminality necessary to forcibly detain defendant when he did so. Accordingly, any evidence that the police seized or observed as a result of defendant’s unlawful detention,...

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Innocence Project Exoneree Freddie Peacock awarded $6.2M for Wrongful Imprisonment

Posted by on August 10, 2016 in Firm News | 0 comments

Freddie Peacock, an Innocence Project exoneree and client of Neufeld Scheck & Brustin and ETKS, was awarded $6.2 million for his wrongful imprisonment. Western District Judge Michael Telesca said the same fragile mental state that made Freddie Peacock ill-equipped to fight the rape allegations against him when they were first brought in the mid-1970s also made it particularly difficult for him to serve time as a reputed sex offender in a maximum-security state prison....

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