Judge Dismisses Racketeering Convictions

By: Wallin & Klarich

Wallin & Klarich Criminal Defense Attorneys Compliment the Successful Use of a Government Misconduct Motion

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times describes the story of George Torres, a 52 year old supermarket mogul, who was recently convicted in a massive racketeering case and was awaiting sentencing in federal prison. That sentence had the potential to be a life sentence, but thanks to the discovery of new evidence, and thorough work by his criminal defense attorneys, a federal judge tossed out the most serious conviction against him.

Prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s office turned over tape-recorded conversations that contained information that was beneficial to the defense’s case. Attorneys for Torres had suspected that there were missing tapes based on testimony and evidence that came out in trial. This led them to file a government misconduct motion that asked that prosecutors search for and turn over any additional recordings. While prosecutors opposed the motion, the judge ordered them to perform the search, which ultimately resulted in the discovery of the recordings.

In light of the tapes, prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson that some of the convictions against Torres should be voided and that those charges would not be refilled. This led to Wilson dismissing a pair of racketeering convictions that included solicitation of murder.

This case demonstrates the importance of acquiring a qualified, experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your rights. In this case, George Torres was on trial for his life, and a lesser defense team may not have filed the motion that led to the discovery of this missing evidence. Instances like this occur quite often and overworked public defenders may not have the time to pursue such an avenue of defense. That is why it is so important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney in California to defend your rights.

When the stakes are so high, you need to utilize all resources at your disposal. At Wallin and Klarich we pride ourselves in working together as a team so we are able to get the best results possible in all of our serious felony matters. With over 30 years of experience, Wallin & Klarich attorneys have dealt with all aspects of criminal cases before, and will be able to give you the best possible chance to win in court. Our aggressive attorneys are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to advise you on your case. Call us today at 1-888-280-6839. Also, visit us online at www.wklaw.com to learn more about your case and what can be done.

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