Dunn v. United States, 442 U. S. 100 (1979) — Successfully appealed and won reversal by an 8-0 vote an inconsistent declarations perjury conviction after briefing and arguing to the U. S. Supreme Court.
Watts v. Hadden, 469 F. Supp. 223 (D. Colo. 1979), 651 F.2d 1354 (10th Cir. 1981) — Won class action habeas corpus action brought on behalf for all youthful offenders confined in the federal prisons across the United States. The federal judge ruled, after extensive evidenitary hearings, that Griffin Bell, the Attorney General of the United States, was violating the federal Youth Corrections Act by failing to segregate and treat youthful offenders in institutions separated from regular adult offenders in accordance with their federal sentences, and that the U. S. Parole Commission was violating federal law by refusing to conditionally release said offenders after they had successfully completed their treatment and programming.
United States v. Winner, 641 F.2d 825 (10th Cir. 1981) — Won dismissal of federal fraud charges against a defendant who also served as a confidential informant for the U. S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York in the Robert Vesco-Libyan plane bribe scheme. The federal judge dismissed the case after the Asisistant Attorney General and the Deputy Attoney General of the United States refused to appear pursuant to subpoenae commanding their presence for testimony in support of a motion to dismiss based upon prosecutorial misconduct. Defendant, James Feeney, subsequently appeared for testimony before the U. S. Senate Judiciary which resulted in the publication of a white paper outlining federal governmental abuses in the conduct of federal undercover operations.
In the Matter of E. James Ujaama, Case No. 02-Y-167 (D. Colo. 2002) — Represented alleged Al Qaeda sympathizer who had been arrested on a material witness warrant in connection with the government's investigation of the 9/11 attack on the U. S. Pentagon. Challenged the propriety of detaining a person on a material witness warrant when no federal charges had been lodged against him, and no probable cause has been established to belive that he had violated any laws. The case was one of the first in the United States to challenge the legality of various provisions of the newly-enacted Patriot Act.
United States v. Grant Graham, Case No. 03-cr-89-REB (D. Colo. 2003) — Defended mid-level executive of Qwest Communications charged with various securities fraud offenses in one of the first corporate corruption cases brought by Attorney General John Ashcroft. After an eight-week trial and two weeks of deliberations, the jury acquitted the Defendant of three counts and deadlocked of the remaining counts.
Alexander v. U. S. Parole Commission, Case No. 04-cv-1935-RPM (D. Colo. 2004) — Won habeas relief on behalf of the last federal youth offender confined in the federal prison system. The Defendant has committed a heinous murder of a family of four on federal lands at the age of 16, and had been committed to serve an indeterminate sentence under the federal Youth Corrections Act. After forty-four years of confinement, and successive refusals by the U. S. Parole Commission to consider his conditional release on parole, the presiding federal judge ruled that the U. S. Parole Commission was violating federal law by refusing to consider the recommendations of the warden of the correctional institution where Alexander was confined that he had completedd his treatment and programming and was ready for release. Respondent U. S. Parole Commission appealed the decision to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The Solicitor General, however, refused to authorize the appeal and habeas relief was granted.