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Criminal Defense and the Isleworth Case

Cop FigureWhether in Miami or throughout Florida, there is no shortage of people in need of a quality criminal defense attorney. Criminal defense was most recently in the news in an Orlando Sentinel article titled “Bob Ward wins new trial in wife’s Isleworth murder.”

Elyssa Cherney of the Orlando Sentinel writes, “For the first time in more than four years, ex-millionaire James ‘Bob’ Ward could leave prison an innocent man — for now. A Circuit Court Judge on Monday vacated Ward’s 30-year sentence for second-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of his wife Diane, ordering a new trial. Ward has been incarcerated since 2011 following a jury conviction. Because of the new ruling, the 67-year-old former real-estate developer has a chance to go home. ‘Now that Bob’s conviction has been vacated by the court, he is presumed innocent and he should be released,’ said Miami attorney Sean Ellsworth, who has handled Ward’s appeals. ‘Our next step is to seek a bond.’ Monday’s decision held that Ward’s original trial attorneys erred by not objecting to evidence that commented on his right to remain silent. In other words, the jury shouldn’t have inferred guilt based on what prosecutors said Ward didn’t say. The Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office is appealing the ruling. In the decision, Circuit Judge Jenifer Harris, who presided over the original trial, awards the new proceedings because the mistakes of Ward’s attorneys had a ‘reasonable probability’ of impacting the case’s outcome.”

The Law Offices of Gilbert & Smallman handles criminal defense matters of all degrees, both state and federal. We are available 24/7 for a free consultation.  If you or a loved one is in trouble with the law a good lawyer by your side is a must. Call us now to protect your rights and freedom. We have offices conveniently located in Miami, North Miami, Hollywood and Tallahassee.

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