The following true stories are based on real cases involving people who
came to Steven Goldman for help, as they have been doing for almost three
decades. In each of these cases, the facts initially seemed to point towards
conviction. And in each of them, Goldman uncovered the true story and
convinced a jury that his client was not guilty. Each of these people
was facing many years in prison if convicted, but each of them walked
out of court a free individual.
Note that while the following stories are true, the names have been changed
to protect the client's confidentiality.
Accused of Murder
One hot July evening in the Summer of 1999, a fight began in the hallway
of a Bronx housing complex. A single shot rang-out. A man was shot and
seriously injured. Joseph Tyler was arrested and eventually indicted for
attempted murder in the man's shooting. He said he was innocent.
Joseph sat in jail for two years while his case lingered in court. The
prosecutor offered a plea deal of ten years, an offer which Joseph refused.
Joseph understood that he could be sentenced to as much as 25 years if
he were convicted after trial.
The prosecutor had five eye-witnesses, all of whom testified that they
saw Joseph pull the gun and shoot the victim one time from a distance
of only several feet. Goldman hired an investigator who found a witness
who said that Joseph did not have a gun and that the shooter was someone else.
Drawing on the witness's testimony, Goldman argued on summation that
the real shooter was the victim's friend. The friend must have been
aiming at Joseph, with whom he had argued, but missed and accidently shot
his own friend. The victim, Goldman told the Jury, accused Joseph of doing
the shooting in order to protect his friend.
After waiting for two years, the jury found Joseph not guilty of all charges.
Joseph walked out of the courthouse a free man.
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