Students Win Federal Jury Trial
March 4, 2009
Pacific McGeorge students successfully prosecuted a woman who was convicted of assaulting a federal officer on February 24, 2009 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California.
Richard Shoemaker-Moyle, ’09, and Anthony Storm, ’09, conducted a two-day jury trial before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows. Jennifer Davis, ’09, provided trial support. Shoemaker-Moyle and Storm handled motions in limine, voir dire, prepared a trial brief and jury instructions, and presented the case under the supervision of an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
The woman was a passenger in car that was stopped in a suspected DUI incident in late 2006 on Travis Air Force Base. She became belligerent, was taken to a medical center for evaluation, and ended up kicking, punching and biting a police officer. She faces a large fine and significant jail time at a May sentencing on the assault charge and another related to an open alcoholic container.
“The defendant was represented by a well-known criminal defense attorney,” said Bob Parker, the director of the Pacific McGeorge Field Placement Program. “Our students did a superb job preparing the case and they also ethically handled a pre-trial issue that was detrimental to their side.”
Pacific McGeorge offers externship opportunities at nearly 100 approved government agencies, courts, and non-profit entities throughout the greater Sacramento area.