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Samuel Michael Braverman

Samuel Braverman’s Legal Cases

8 total

  • People v. Vignold

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jun 29, 2012
    Outcome:
    Case dismissed.
    Description:
    Defendant accused of Murder, we interposed an alibi defense with witnesses. After pushing the DA to examine their witnesses and investigate ours, the investigation led to another man, who subsequently confessed to the murder. All charges were dismissed.
  • United States v. Dino Saracino

    Practice Area:
    Federal Crime
    Date:
    May 09, 2012
    Outcome:
    Found not guilty of all murder charges
    Description:
    Federal RICO with Murder in aid of Racketeering: 138 witnesses, 10,000+ pages of documents, 10,000+ phone calls and videos. NYTimes.com March 19, 2012 Killings of Officer and 5 Others Detailed as Mob Trial Begins By MOSI SECRET The off-duty police officer was ambushed by gunmen, and left to die in the street outside his home in Brooklyn. For two other men, the end came farther from home: they were killed separately in the basement of a man they had trusted, prosecutors say. One was a mob associate who wanted out of the life; he was shot once in the back of the head, never to be seen again. The other was an underboss who apparently had accumulated too much clout for comfort; his body was not found for nearly a decade. Those killings and three others, all from the 1990s, were described on Monday in the opening statement of Cristina M. Posa, a federal prosecutor. They are at the heart of the prosecution of Thomas Gioeli, whom officials called the former acting boss of the Colombo crime family, and Dino Saracino, who the authorities say was one of his hit men, on murder and racketeering charges in Federal District Court in Brooklyn. Ms. Posa said the murder crew was methodical in its preparations, trailing potential victims for days to determine their habits, luring them to the places where they would be killed, disposing of evidence and disposing of bodies. “As professional killers, that was their specialty — committing murder and getting away with it — until today,” Ms. Posa told the jurors, many of whom said during jury selection that they had known little of the ways of the mob. The prosecution plans to call cooperating witnesses who will describe how the killings were carried out. “The F.B.I. since the mid-’90s has been attempting to gather evidence on Gioeli by surveillance,” Carl Herman, defense attorney for Gioeli, said. “Sometimes they get a little desperate, your government, and that’s what happened in this case.” Samuel M. Braverman, a lawyer for Mr. Saracino, said there was no physical evidence that the homicides even happened. He said the prosecution could only present the testimony of sociopaths who could not be trusted. “I’m not here to tell you Dino is a choirboy,” Mr. Braverman said of Mr. Saracino. “He isn’t. I’m not here to tell you he didn’t commit the murders because he’s a nice guy. I’m telling you he didn’t commit the murders because he didn’t commit the murders.” This list of people who were killed for crossing the Colombo family is long. In 1991, Frank Marasa, known as Chestnut, was killed to avenge the death of a Colombo family member, prosecutors said. A year later, John Minerva took the wrong side in a war that split the Colombo family. He was killed in his car with another man, Michael Imbergamo, prosecutors said. In 1995, Richard Greaves wanted to leave the Colombo mob, so he had to be eliminated, prosecutors said. In 1997, Officer Dols was killed. Mr. Cutolo’s killing was in 1999. Katherine Kelley, an F.B.I. agent, said she was present at the wooded lot where Mr. Cutolo’s body was finally discovered; the toes of his shoes protruded above ground. She led a team of excavators, who, with small tools, removed the body, which she said was covered with bits of lime, its blackened and skeletal limbs hogtied behind its back. Mr. Saracino, wearing a crisp blue shirt and tie, his head shaved, offered no expression. He and Mr. Gioeli face life in prison if convicted.
  • People v. Brooks

    Practice Area:
    Violent Crime
    Date:
    Mar 28, 2011
    Outcome:
    Not guilty of all charges after jury trial.
    Description:
    Defendant was charged with Robbery in the Second Degree. Police claim that they saw him and another man knock out the victim, carry him across the street, and steal his property. The jury concluded the opposite-that Mr. Brooks was trying to assist the victim who had passed out.
  • People v. Cabral

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 16, 2012
    Outcome:
    Found Not Guilty after 7 minutes of jury deliberation
    Description:
    Client charged with gun possession. Police officers found a gun in client's car, but there were several other people using client's car on the evening in question.
  • People v. Gregory Thompson

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Outcome:
    Acquitted of murder charges, convicted of manslaughter under extreme emotional disturbance
    Description:
    Murder Trial
  • US v. Alexis Sanchez

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Oct 24, 2014
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty of some charges, hung jury on balance; post trial plea offer 90% below pre-trial offer
    Description:
    Hobbs Act Robbery Conspiracy
  • US v. Tyshea Mincey

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2003
    Outcome:
    Time Served
    Description:
    Defendant accused of running guns from Georgia to NYC. Convicted after trial. Appeal to 2nd Circuit granted on sentencing issues argued at district court. Resentenced to Time Served.
  • US v. Tito Melvin

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2008
    Outcome:
    Cert Petition Granted by SCOTUS
    Description:
    Narcotics conspiracy, guilty plea in district court. Petition for Cert granted by Supreme Court on sentencing arguments, remanded for new sentence. 4 year reduction in sentence.