Pro Bono Team Secures Dismissal of Charges Connected with Inauguration Day Protest
With Bryan Cave’s two clients next scheduled for trial, federal prosecutors dismissed all charges against them, vindicating their First Amendment rights to publicly protest the inauguration of Donald Trump. The prosecutors dismissed 129 cases in all, while choosing to proceed against 59 remaining defendants.
Led by Kristin Robinson, Mark Srere and Dan Schwartz, Bryan Cave’s team aggressively fought the multicount felony indictment. The team, which included first-year associates Colin Harris and Jason Semmes as well as paralegal Eileen Weiss, filed multiple motions to dismiss, sifted through terabytes of video discovery, retained experts and were set to try the case when it was continued just three days before the Dec. 18 trial date. Upon hearing of the dismissal, both clients expressed relief that they no longer face criminal charges for standing up for what they believe.
Srere is the leader of Bryan Cave’s White Collar Defense & Investigations/Securities Enforcement and Litigation Client Service Group. He defends individual and corporate clients that are targets of criminal prosecution, from grand jury appearances to trial.
Robinson defends individuals and corporations under investigation by government agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Food & Drug Administration, and the Department of Justice.
Schwartz has more than 30 years of practice representing clients in a wide array of matters involving federal government regulation and enforcement. He has focused particularly on national security, corporate compliance and white collar criminal defense including conducting internal investigations and audits, replying to grand jury and other investigative subpoenas, negotiating resolutions of government investigations and allegations, and designing and implementing corporate compliance programs.
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