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Weil Associate Chris Barraza Wins Criminal Jury Trial in Pro Bono Case

As part of Weil’s ongoing collaboration with the Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender, Chris Barraza successfully tried a criminal jury trial on August 17 and 18 in the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville, Maryland. Chris handled all aspects of the trial, including arguing pre-trial evidentiary issues, selecting a jury, examining five witnesses, and giving opening and closing statements. Caroline Saunders, a paralegal in the Patent Litigation practice, provided support on the matter as well.  

The State charged our client with assaulting his domestic partner, and our client, an older gentleman without a record of violence, claimed self-defense. Chris highlighted inconsistencies in the complainant’s testimony and established that the complainant committed prior acts of violence against our client and others. After about four hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. Both the client and the Office of the Public Defender are extremely pleased with the outcome.

Weil attorneys regularly collaborate with the Office of the Public Defender for Montgomery County as well as the Maryland Office of the Public Defender to represent indigent criminal defendants at the trial and appellate levels. Weil’s supervising attorneys for this project are Anish Desai and Adam Safwat.