In this interview segment, I’m asked how I feel about my life story being the basis/inspiration for a TV Series on a major network.
In my previous post, I talked about a Federal trial that took place in January of this year wherein I represented a client who was charged with 3 counts of Hobbs Act Robbery and facing 30 years to life in prison. The victims of the crime picked him out of a line-up and testified against him at trial. The jury also saw him on surveillance footage at the scene of the robbery and the jury also saw and heard his video-taped confession wherein he admitted dressing up as a law enforcement officer in order to gain entry into a location where there was supposed to be a million dollars in cash hidden in a custom made secret compartment of the furniture.
I asked you all what you think the verdict was and why. I got some great answers. My client was found NOT GUILTY on all three counts. Many of you got that CORRECT. However, no one correctly explained why he was found not guilty.
Your next challenge (if you accept) is to succeed where everyone else has failed. To help, here are more facts: The million dollars in cash allegedly belonged to a business owner who had taken the money from his business and was hiding it to avoid paying taxes. My client was originally charged by the State of New Jersey when he was arrested. The Feds then came in and charge him Federally because the money was from a business that operated in interstate commerce. HERE IS THE KICKER… My client never got any money because after gaining access to the location and restraining the occupants, it was realized that the business owner had moved out of the location two weeks before. (This IS NOT a defense). I argued to the jury that the victims’ testimony was true. I further argued that my client had confessed and that the confession was real and that my client committed the acts he confessed to. I argued to the jury that although my client was guilty, the jury should find him not guilty.
So your challenge is to answer this question: Why did the jury agree with me and find him not guilty on all counts