State v. SNF (12-1-00372-7) 2012
This was an extremely serious case that went to trial in November 2012, involving a young gang member charged with 2nd degree murder and four other serious counts, all of them his third strike which would have meant life in prison without possibility of parole. Not only did we have to prevail on the murder charge, but the remaining four counts as any one of them meant life imprisonment. The case was very complicated and lasted almost two weeks. It involved numerous motions by both prosecution and defense. Numerous witnesses were called by both sides and at the conclusion of an intense two weeks, an acquittal was reached by a jury. The client was found not guilty on all five counts and was immediately released from custody.
State v. JJO (07-1-01404-8) 2007
This case involved the criminal trial of a Spokane Police Officer charged with first degree assault with a deadly weapon. The incident occurred during the height of the public criticism of excessive violence used by police officers in Spokane and this officer was tried and convicted throughout the community before his trial even began.
The Prosecutor’s Office devoted a lot of time and resources into this case; it lasted almost two weeks and included experts from all over the country. This was a highly publicized and very complicated trial but the jury came back with an acquittal based upon self-defense. The community was in an uproar over the verdict, but the jury refused to talk to reporters. This case was a prime example of how the jury system works, twelve jurors came up with a unanimous but controversial decision based upon almost two weeks of facts and arguments that the general public did not hear.
Our client was reimbursed for all his costs, expenses, attorneys’ fees and back pay.
State v. JDH (10-1-00061-0) 2010
This case involved the successful representation of a man who was falsely accused of numerous rapes of his own daughter. A guilty verdict would have given this man over 100 years in prison. The Prosecutor’s Office in Stevens County offered a very favorable plea bargain that this man declined because he knew he was innocent. Robert Cossey and Associates even staged a mock trial in this case to make sure this client was comfortable with his decision of risking 100 years in prison by going to trial rather than accepting the plea bargain.
But the matter went to trial and lasted almost a week. It was a very complicated case and involved numerous witnesses and experts, but a jury acquitted him of all charges within a few hours.
State vs. RMB (P08000163) 2008
This case involved another Spokane County police officer charged with a serious assault during an arrest. After a high speed chase by car and then by foot, the victim was tackled by our client in a Spokane backyard where it was alleged our client kicked the victim in the face with steel toed boots. Pictures viewed in trial showed virtually no facial damage from this allegedly serious assault and our client was acquitted very quickly by a jury from our community.
State vs. DB (04-1-3086-3) 2004
A man with extensive criminal history was charged with assault of a child (his son) by beating him with an extension cord leaving permanent marks. Because of his past criminal record, the state refused to acknowledge that maybe he wasn’t guilty of beating his son. The father was looking at prison time and loss of his parental rights.
Alisha Smithson of Robert Cossey and Associates did such a thorough and complete investigation that we were able to easily prove that another individual did the beating. A verdict was reached in less than an hour with the jury demanding that he be released from jail immediately.
State vs. LC (10-1-01525-7) 2010
A City of Spokane employee was wrongfully accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the City of Spokane Valley. The client knew she was innocent and turned down an extremely favorable plea offer. A jury acquitted her of all charges.
State vs. DE (03-1-03450-0) 2003
Our client was an individual charged with murder and was looking at over 40 years in prison. This case proceeded to a jury trial. Before the verdict, the jury had voted 12-0 to acquit, but due to jury misconduct a mis-trial was declared. To avoid the risk of proceeding to another murder trial (in which the prosecution could prosecute more effectively), the client agreed to a plea bargain of less than three years in prison.
State vs. Nurse
Successfully defended an Eastern State Hospital nurse that was accused of stealing drugs from her employer. This was potentially a career ending case. She was looking at substantial incarceration. It became a factually complicated case that lasted several days. We were able to obtain an acquittal in a jury trial.
State vs. ET (11700323)
This case was a prime example of an incident that should not have ever been charged. Our client was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force who had served her country for over 20 years and had never been in trouble before. She was charged with criminal animal cruelty when her dog attacked a moose that was getting too close to her children while they were sledding close to their home.
This matter should not have been charged, should not have gone to trial, but a complete acquittal was obtained by a jury of her peers.
State vs. assault of a child
Our client was a father who was criminally charged with abusing his son after he spanked him for punching a teacher at school. This was another case of an allegation that should not have been charged, but our client was looking at prison time if we lost. It turned into a complicated trial in which the father was acquitted of all charges.