McCool Pushes Judge for First Amendment Instruction in Trump Trial

Steven McCool, who is representing defendant Harris, told the judge outside of the presence of the jury last week that he’d be requesting a jury instruction on the First Amendment. What kind of jury instruction, Judge Lynn Leibovitz wondered, one that said we like it a lot?  I wish we liked it more, replied McCool, a former federal prosecutor. Apparently we don’t.

McCool and Coleman Secure Not Guilty Verdicts for Protestor Charged in First Trump Inauguration Trial

Following a four-week trial, Oliver Harris, represented by Steven McCool and Julia Coleman, was acquitted of multiple charges of felony rioting and destruction of property.  The government had arrested over 200 individuals, charging them with several crimes relating to the property destruction caused by a handful of individuals on the day of Donald Trump’s Inauguration in January 2017.  The government presented no evidence that Mr. Harris was involved in any acts of destruction.  During his closing argument, McCool argued that [t]he government wants to criminalize Mr. Harris’s First Amendment right to walk in protest of Mr. Trump. He didn’t break anything. And what does the government say? ‘He didn’t leave.’ Well, he gets to stay.  ‘[Mr. Harris] can think what he wants about Donald Trump — that’s not criminal,’ said McCool. He argued that the people who broke windows and committed more than $100,000 worth of damage weren’t on trial. ‘Those people are responsible for their own misconduct.’ 

After returning verdicts of not guilty for Mr. Harris, one of the jurors stated, “There was no evidence to support whether or not these six willingly participated in the riots or aided and abetted the rioters.  McCool commented that the “jury showed a deep appreciation for all our Constitutional rights. It came down to whether or not they were truly engaged in protected speech.  Following these acquittals, and acquittals and mistrials in the following Inauguration trial, the government dismissed all charges against the remaining individuals charged.  “Steve McCool, a former prosecutor who was a defense attorney for Oliver Harris in the first trial, calls the 129 dismissals long overdue. ‘Prosecuting individuals for exercising their First Amendment rights was never a good idea,’ he says.

McCool Secures Dismissal, Following 4-Month Trial, of All Charges in the United States Department of Justice’s Flagship FCPA Sting Case

After an 18-week jury trial, United States District Judge Richard J. Leon granted the government’s motion to dismiss all charges against Steven McCool’s client, Marc Morales, after the jury deadlocked in overwhelming favor of acquittal.  In cross-examining the government’s lead agents in the investigation, McCool used text messages between the case agents and the government’s informant “not only to attack the character of the informant but also to accuse an agent of being a bigoted, anti-gay misogynist.  For example, McCool asked the agent if his reference to ‘da hood’ in a text was meant to have ‘racial overtones’ and if he was expressing ‘a bias against gay people’ when he texted the informant about dressing up in chaps and spurs while making a reference to the Village People.  The jury foreman later told the Washington Post that the “texts were one of many things that point[ed] to an absolutely amateurish operation.  “The sting, which involved a fictitious deal to outfit the presidential guard of a small African country and a $1.5 million bribe to that nation’s defense minister, was lauded in early 2010 by Justice Department officials after FBI agents from the bureau’s Washington field office arrested 22 men and women and charged them with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

McCool Sharply Criticizes Biden’s Announcement of Blackwater Appeal

A lawyer for Blackwater guard Donald Ball, a former U.S. Marine from West Valley City, Utah, sharply criticized the U.S. government’s planned appeal.  “By announcing this decision in Iraq, through an elected official, the United States makes clear it has decided to do what is politically expedient, rather than what is just based on Judge Urbina’s unshakable findings that the prosecutors engaged in gross misconduct and intentionally violated Mr. Ball’s constitutional rights, attorney Steven McCool said in a statement.

McCool Wins Dismissal for Client Accused of Siphoning $32 Million

The day before jury selection was scheduled to start in a Tampa Federal courthouse, the U.S. Department of Justice asked the Judge to dismiss over a dozen mail fraud charges against Mr. McCool’s client.

McCool Wins Dismissal of Manslaughter Charges Against Former Blackwater Contractor

Ball’s lawyer, Steven McCool of Mallon & McCool, recently urged prosecutors not to pursue a case against his client. Writing to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in March, McCool said the government intentionally misled a grand jury to obtain a “baseless indictment being returned against Mr. Ball.

McCool Forces Dismissal of Lawsuit against His Client, Patton Boggs

Lead counsel for Patton Boggs, Steven McCool of Mallon & McCool, said that “after extensive discovery in this case, it was made clear to Ms. Colombo’s counsel that her claims against my client, Patton Boggs, were baseless. In our view, Ms. Colombo made the prudent decision in dismissing her case with prejudice instead of pursuing her unsubstantiated claims further.

McCool Saves Man Accused of 31 Homicides from Death Penalty

Following a 13-month jury trial, Rodney Moore, represented by Steven McCool, was sentenced to life imprisonment, after the jury refused to impose to death penalty.  Mr. Moore was facing the death penalty for his role in 31 homicides in Washington, D.C. over an 11-year period, “the most murder counts filed in a single case in the city.  In his closing argument, McCool asked the jury for mercy, and stated “I’m asking you to banish [Mr. Moore] into the bowels of a federal penitentiary for the rest of his life. 

McCool Secures Dismissal of Murder Charge against D.C. Nightclub Owner

William Spieler, the owner of DC9, a nightclub in Washington, D.C., was charged with murder, after Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced to the television media that Mr. Spieler and others had beaten a man to death.  Steven McCool, who represented Mr. Spieler, professed Mr. Spieler’s innocence from the outset of the government’s investigation.  After the District’s medical examiner’s office found no injuries consistent with a brutal beating, the charges were dropped as prosecutors acknowledged the “evidence did not support the case.  In addressing the murder charge against his client, Mr. McCool stated that Chief Lanier “at best acted irresponsibly in standing before television cameras and blaming [his] client for Mr. Mohammed’s death.

McCool Instrumental in Ensuring No Criminal Charges Brought Against Security Guard

Alonzo Wilson, a Washington, D.C. security guard represented by Steven McCool, will not face criminal charges after the death of a man who suffered a “cardiac incident and was “under the influence of a significant amount of cocaine when he was confronted and restrained at a Southeast Washington apartment complex.

McCool Obtains 12-Year Sentence for Former NSA Station Chief in the Death of His 3-Year Old Son

Brian O’Callaghan, a former NSA Station Chief, received a sentence of 12 years after pleading guilty to causing the death of his 3-year old adopted son.  The During Mr. O’Callaghan’s six-hour sentencing hearing, his attorney, Steven McCool, presented evidence of Mr. O’Callaghan’s medical history, including testimony showing that Mr. O’Callaghan had “served as a Marine in tours of Kosovo and Iraq, seen the aftermath of explosions, seen dead children and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.  Steven McCool described Mr. O’Callaghan’s history as a mitigating factor, stating, “He didn’t set out to do this.

McCool Successfully Argues for Probation for Man Involved in Illegal Conduit Contributions

Stanley Straughter, represented by Steven McCool, after admitting to “making more than $130,000 in individual and corporate contributions, disguising the fact that the contributions actually came from Washington, D.C. businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, received a sentence of “one year of probation . . . for [his] role[] in a long-running scheme in which Thompson pumped more than $3.3 million in illegal contributions to federal, state and District elections.

McCool Represents Government Contractor and Former Marine in Major Government Fraud Case

Joseph Richards, a decorated Marine veteran, represented by Steven McCool, was sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment for his role in a $31 million government contracting fraud scheme.  “Steven J. McCool, Richards’s defense attorney, said Richards was a ‘soldier’ who merely ‘followed orders’ in perpetuating the fraud. He said that after being charged, Richards had gone back to community college to get a degree.

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