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MISTRIAL DECLARED IN TRIAL OF LA FIREFIGHTER ACCUSED OF BEATING WOMAN FOR FEEDING STRAY CATS

Press | October 6, 2014

Attorneys Robert Schwartz and Garret Weinrieb defend decorated Los Angeles City Firefighter Ian Eulian and his mother Lonieta Fontaine against felony charges of assault, battery and accessory for an alleged assault on a woman feeding stray cats in their West Adams neighborhood. After nearly a four week jury trial at the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building, Judge Frederick N. Wapner declared as a mistrial as the jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Weinrieb argued that Mr. Eulian acted in defense of his mother Ms. Fontaine after she was kicked to the ground by the alleged victim. The District Attorney’s Office has not yet decided whether to proceed with a retrial of the case.

Ian Eulian and his 70-year-old mother Lonieta Fontaine were charged in the alleged beating of Rebecca Stafford in September 2013. Surveillance video shows Eulian punching Stafford, but prosecutors claimed Eulian was protecting his elderly mother who was kicked by Stafford during the confrontation.

LA jeweler indicted on charges of mail fraud

Press | January 7, 2014

Odessa, Texas–A Los Angeles jeweler who once served as a reserve deputy sheriff recently was indicted on federal mail fraud charges after he allegedly tried to cheat a Texas couple for whom he agreed to help sell a diamond.

According to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Midland-Odessa Division, Billy Nubil Lulo, owner of Global Rings Jewelry Inc., sold a 22.03-carat emerald-cut diamond ring to Odessa residents Herb and Suzie Stokes in 2001.

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Lisa Robin Kelly of ‘That ’70s Show’ Arrested For Assault

Press | February 13, 2013

Mr. Naderi’s client was arrested for domestic violence. Mr. Naderi was in contact with law enforcement and the prosecutors office. The case against the client was never filed and prosecution had been avoided.

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Attorney Robert Schwartz Featured In Los Angeles Times Article On The Conrad Murray (Michael Jackson) Manslaugter Trial

Press | January 24, 2013

Defense attorneys fighting to acquit Michael Jackson’s personal physician of an involuntary manslaughter charge in the pop star’s death faced what many legal experts said was a series of insurmountable obstacles.

The lawyers had to overcome an incriminating interview their client gave detectives; contend with a victim loved by millions around the globe; and deal with a series of court rulings that limited their attempts to point the finger at another possible culprit: The King of Pop himself.

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The Alleged Burglar Bunch Reunites for Indictment

Press | January 22, 2013

Nearly all the members of the alleged Burglar Bunch were back in the same building today in L.A — but this time, it was to plead not guilty to a slew of charges.

Attorney Robert Schwartz Featured In The Leading Book On The Mexican Mafia

Press | October 24, 2011

It has been called the most dangerous gang in American history. In Los Angeles alone it is responsible for over 100 homicides per year. Although it has fewer than 300 members, it controls a 40,000-strong street army that is eager to advance its agenda. It waves the flag of the Black Hand and its business is murder. Although known on the streets for over fifty years, the Mexican Mafia has flown under the radar of public awareness and has flourished beneath a deep cover of secrecy. Members are forbidden even to acknowledge its existence. For the first time in its history, the Mexican Mafia is now getting the attention it has been striving to avoid. In this briskly written and thoroughly researched book, Tony Rafael looks at the birth and the blood-soaked growth of this criminal enterprise through the eyes of the victims, the dropouts, the cops and DAs on the front lines of the war against the Mexican Mafia. The first book ever published on the subject, Southern Soldiers is a pioneering work that unveils the operations of this California prison gang and describes how it grew from a small clique of inmates into a transnational criminal organization. As the first prison gang ever to project its power beyond prison walls, the Mexican Mafia controls virtually every Hispanic neighborhood in Southern California and is rapidly expanding its influence into the entire Southwest, across the East Coast, and even into Canada. Riding a wave of unchecked immigration and seemingly beyond the reach of law enforcement, the Mexican Mafia is poised to become the Cosa Nostra of twenty-first-century America. It has been called the most dangerous gang in American history. In Los Angeles alone it is responsible for over 100 homicides per year. Although it has fewer than 300 members, it controls a 40,000-strong street army that is eager to advance its agenda. It waves the flag of the Black Hand and its business is murder. Although known on the streets for over fifty years, the Mexican Mafia has flown under the radar of public awareness and has flourished beneath a deep cover of secrecy. Members are forbidden even to acknowledge its existence. For the first time in its history, the Mexican Mafia is now getting the attention it has been striving to avoid. In this briskly written and thoroughly researched book, Tony Rafael looks at the birth and the blood-soaked growth of this criminal enterprise through the eyes of the victims, the dropouts, the cops and DAs on the front lines of the war against the Mexican Mafia. The first book ever published on the subject, Southern Soldiers is a pioneering work that unveils the operations of this California prison gang and describes how it grew from a small clique of inmates into a transnational criminal organization. As the first prison gang ever to project its power beyond prison walls, the Mexican Mafia controls virtually every Hispanic neighborhood in Southern California and is rapidly expanding its influence into the entire Southwest, across the East Coast, and even into Canada. Riding a wave of unchecked immigration and seemingly beyond the reach of law enforcement, the Mexican Mafia is poised to become the Cosa Nostra of twenty-first-century America.

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Attorney Robert Schwartz Represents High Profile Gang Member Facing The Death Penalty In A Canoga Park Murder

Press | June 9, 2011

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A 25-year-old Latino gang member convicted in the racially motivated gang murder of a black Canoga Park bowling alley employee was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole.

Martin Sotelo, a member of the Canoga Park Alabama gang, was sentenced in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting of James Shamp. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Martin Herscovitz also ordered Sotelo to pay $15,916 in restitution for the burial of his victim and mental health costs of the victim’s family.

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Attorney Robert Schwartz Saves The Life Of Former Asian Boyz Gang Leader Marvin Mercado

Press | March 30, 2011

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry told the seven-woman, five-man jury to return to court on Tuesday for the start of the trial’s penalty phase, in which they will be asked to recommend death or life in prison.

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Attorney Garret Weinrieb Represents Cal State Northridge Math Professor Accused Of Urinating On Colleagues Door

Press | January 27, 2011

CSUN prof. accused of peeing on rival’s door

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Attorney Robert Schwartz Defends Long Beach Police Officer And Mayoral Candidate John Stolpe Against Sex Crime Allegations

Press | September 7, 2007

It looks like its not just senators that are getting caught with their pants down in public. Long Beach police officer and Mayoral candidate John Stolpe was arrested in April 2006 by a park ranger for engaging in cruising activities and resisting arrest in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. Stolpe maintains he is innocent and the victim of mistaken identity and police brutality by a rogue park ranger.

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