United States v. Toulu Thao
Description: Dr. Toulu Thao was arrested at gunpoint by five U.S. Marshalls at his office, the Fresno Office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was the first person ever to be prosecuted for allegedly filling our a government ethics form incorrectly. The government conducted a five-year investigation that resulted in nearly nine thousand (9000) pages of reports and documents. My office was able to establish that each of the charges against Dr. Thao were false, and that Dr. Thao actually filled out the ethics form perfectly. On July 8, 2009, all charges against Dr. Thao were dismissed. Dr. Thao returned to work at HUD on July 13, 2009. He will be filing a federal lawsuit against HUD in the near future to recover three and a half years of back pay and other damages. See his client evaluation of my office, located on this website.
Outcome: The entire federal case was dismissed.
People v. Pinheiro
Description: Client was charged with second time DUI with 0.15 blood alcohol level. Trial court denied motion to suppress evidence. I filed writ, which was granted, and all charges against client were dismissed.
People v. Lipe
Description: Client was charged with felony marijuana cultivation. Case was plea bargained to a misdemeanor with no additional jail time.
Outcome: Felony drug cultivation reduced to misdemeanor
People v. Volak
Description: Client was accused of assaulting a co-worker. While case was pending filing by the DA’s office, I authored a letter to the Deputy DA handling the matter and convinced him that the alleged victim lacked credibility. I further established my client’s good work history and reputation. The DA’s office thereafter decided not to file charges.
Outcome: Case not filed