Robert Fischer is Set to Go Free
Congrats to Arizona criminal attorney Dwane Cates on getting a murder conviction thrown out in the Robert Fischer murder case. This was the case in which a well respected Orange County Family lawyer, Robert Fischer, was accused of murdering his step daughter's husband in Queen Creek. This case garnered national attention and was even featured in a recent Dateline episode. Despite the lack of any DNA evidence, or even a motive, Robert was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder in December.
Fischer was visiting his family on December 10, 2010 when Lee Radder died of a single shot from Fischer's handgun. The state has claimed that Fischer, who is a former SWAT team police officer, staged the shooting to look like a suicide.
In reading some of the press that was released today, it is clear there continues to be a lot of misinformation regarding the case. For example the Arizona Republic cites Court Records saying "the gun was found in Radder's right hand despite him being left handed, and blood spatter indicated Fischer was in close proximity to the victim when he was shot." However, court records will also show that Dwane Cates provided evidence in court that the victim only wrote left handed. Dwane provided sworn testimony from the victims wife and even offered pictures of the victim playing golf right handed and using a power drill right handed.
On Friday, the trial judge ruled there was no evidence Fischer pulled the trigger. "The absence of the defendant's DNA and fingerprints on the gun means it is highly improbable that the defendant fired the gun,"
In addition, the State's entire case rested on a detective's testimony that Fischer staged the scene based on blood spatter. While Dwane Cates hired a world class blood spatter expert with 35 years of experience, the States expert lacked credibility in the judge's eyes. Judge Mullins stated that "the detective was a fledgling in the field of blood spatter, and his conclusion that the defendant manipulated the scene was not supported by the physical evidence, rendering it wholly lacking credibility"
I actually went to a few days of this trial. I was astonished that the jury came back with a guilty plea. There was no motive and no physical evidence. While there is no way anyone will ever know exactly what happened that night, there certainly seems to be reasonable in this case.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Congrats to Matthew Hug on the release of his new website; www.huglaw.com . Matthew is an accomplished criminal and appeals attorney in Albany NY. The new site features an interactive menu that displays all the different news outlets Matthew has appeared which includes ABC News and the New York Times among others.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
There has been a lot of political attention on the Federal Minimum wage lately. To help make sense of the issue, the Arizona employment law firm of Robaina and Kresin just launched a very cool interactive map that shows the minimum wage for every State in America along with the average salary for numerous other industries. You can access the minimum wage map here.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Congrats to the Law Firm of Sessums Dallas PLLC for the release of their new website: www.sessumsdallas.com The new site features a stunning picture of the firm's beautiful office building.
Sessums Dallas is an award winning medical malpractice firm in Mississippi. Besides medical malpractice cases, the firm handles catastrophic accident and injury cases.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Long Island Law Firm of Rosenberg & Gluck just launched an awesome slideshow. The slideshow goes through the history of motorcycle helmet safety - from the 1930's through today. It is amazing how far motorcycle safety has come in America! You can view the complete slideshow on their website at http://www.lilawyer.com/evolution-motorycle-safety/