February 18, 2021: Today, the Appellate Division, Third Department, vacated the attempted murder conviction of our client, Shateek Lanier, who has been incarcerated nearly nine years. The court found that Mr. Lanier had been denied effective assistance of his appointed trial counsel. The Third Department's decision can be read here.
January 19, 2021: Today, the Hon. Allyne Ross, EDNY, granted our motion to reconsider a previous order that our client relinquish, as restitution, more than $16,500 he had been provided by friends and family while he was incarcerated, but which he had used to repay a loan, instead requiring him to pay restitution equal to 10% of his monthly income.
August 19, 2020: Today, the Hon. Sterling Johnson granted compassionate release to our client, James Dowtin, over the Government's objection, releasing him from his 15-year sentence for a narcotics racketeering conspiracy and discharging a firearm during the courts thereof. The court recognized that Mr. Dowtin suffered from various COVID-19 risk factors and that he had substantially turned his life around while incarcerated, explaining: "At sentencing, this Court encouraged Dowtin to make the most of his time in prison for himself and for his family. By all accounts it appears he has done so. Levitt & Kaizer associate Zach Segal assisted in the preparation of Mr. Dowtin's motion papers.has done so.