U.S. v. Bagdasarian, 652 F.3d 1113 (9th Cir. 2011)

Our very difficult defense in this cutting edge, aggressive DOJ prosecution for alleged violations of Title 18 U.S.C. Section 879 (a)(3) helped infuse new life into the modern scope of First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and political expression on blogs in internet chat rooms. Bagdasarian involved the determined prosecution by the federal government of… Read more »

Brian Glen Brewer v. Anthony Hedgpeth

This case was a post-conviction habeas corpus petition.  Mr. Brewer was sentenced pursuant to California’s Three Strikes law to four consecutive terms of 40 years to life after a jury convicted him at trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court for the alleged robbery of a credit union.  Mr. Brewer protested his innocence from the… Read more »

U.S. v. Castro-Carbajal, 439 F.3d 1149 (9th Cir. 2006)

This case involved alleged violations of Title 46 U.S.C. 1903 (Maritime Drug Enforcement Act — MDEA), involving 2,000 kilograms of cocaine located in a speed boat seized off the coast of Colombia by U.S. authorities.  This difficult case involved multiple defendants and complex jurisdictional and other legal issues, and after a jury trial, resulted in… Read more »

U.S. v. Scharringhausen, Case 96CR415-H

This was a very complex case involving alleged multi-million dollar investment fraud.  After a lengthy and difficult jury trial, Mr. Cortez’s client was acquitted of all the investment fraud charges.  Mr. Cortez’s client is a highly successful real-estate developer and engineer.

United States v. Frega, et al, 179 F.3d 793 (9th Cir. 1999)

This case involved the rare prosecution by the federal government of three long-time Superior Court judges and a prominent and very successful plaintiff’s lawyer for allegedly having conspired to violate federal RICO, mail fraud and state bribery statutes. The alleged RICO conspiracy conviction was thrown out on appeal.  Mr. Cortez’s client was a former Superior… Read more »

U.S. v. Corona

A case involving a hand-to-hand sale of approximately 5 pounds of methamphetamine to undercover DEA agents.  The first trial resulted in a hung jury; on retrial, Mr. Cortez’s client was acquitted without his testimony — an extremely rare defense tactic in an entrapment case.  Mr. Cortez’s client was a medical doctor.