It must be noted that the results in each case discussed below were not achieved by tricking the jury. The cases were won by presenting the whole truth. The prosecution’s version of events was incorrect or incomplete and the accused was in fact not guilty of the alleged offenses.
The case of Mr. H.:
Alleged charges included three counts of residential robbery, one count of residential burglary in two different residences against three victims, knife and gun use, three prior state prison commitment and strike prior allegations, Mr. H faced a minimum of 40 years in prison at 85% Time. The prosecution claimed that Mr. H. kicked in the door to his estranged wife’s house after she had obtained a restraining order against him, beat her, tied her up, stole the money and keys in her purse, tried to steal her car, took off running and then broke into the neighboring residence of an 80-year-old couple. The neighbor later told police that Mr. H confronted him inside his home and attacked him with a knife. His wife frantically reported to 911 that an intruder was killing her husband when the phone suddenly went dead. She testified at trial that Mr. H. tore the phone out of the wall, pointed a gun at her and demanded her car keys causing her to faint. Moments later, the SWAT Team descended upon the residence and arrested Mr. H. in the living room. Mr. Scharf discredited the prosecution case, proved that it was reasonable to believe the estranged wife was lying, that prejudice and confusion may have cataclysmically influenced the interpretation of events by witnesses and that Mr. H. never had the necessary criminal intent for any alleged crime. The jury found Mr. H. not guilty of all charges. Case dismissed.
The case of Mr. A.:
Alleged Charges included Possession for Sale of nearly Two Pounds of Marijuana with Strike Prior and State Prison Priors, Mr. A. faced 9 years in prison at 80% Time. The Prosecution claimed that Mr. A was present when police searched his residence and found more than a pound of marijuana in his bedroom closet, scales, pay owe sheets, photos depicting Mr. A. with large amounts of cash and more than two ounces of marijuana in and around the bathroom toilet. At trial, Mr. Scharf discredited the prosecution case and proved it was reasonable to believe that the police version of events was incorrect. The jury found Mr. A. not guilty of all charges. Case dismissed. The case of Mr. M.: Alleged charges included Possession of narcotics with state prison priors. The prosecution claimed that during a parole search of Mr. M.'s motel room, police found a syringe in plain view on a nightstand, 1.5 grams of methamphetamine and a "hype kit" with 4 syringes in the closet. At trial Mr. Scharf discredited the police version of events. The jury found Mr. M. not guilty of all charges. Case dismissed.