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Vincent John LaBarbera

Vincent LaBarbera’s Legal Cases

19 total


  • Military War Crimes

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Acquittal
    Description:
    "Marine Dream Team" Obtains Historic Acquittal on Behalf of Pro Bono Client The allegations against Nazario stemmed from the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq in November 2004. According to the indictment and trial testimony, Nazario's squad began to attack through Fallujah on the morning of November 9, 2004. Several hours into the fight, the squad began taking fire from the house in question, killing one of Nazario's squad members. The Marines assaulted into the house and found four military-aged males, at least three AK-47's with hot barrels, spent casings and the smell of gun powder. Shots were fired and the four insurgents were allegedly killed. The government did not have any eyewitness testimony or evidence as to what took place. The allegations were that Nazario killed, or caused others to kill, the insurgents. "At the end of the day, this jury of civilians simply wasn't willing to second guess a Marine and resented being placed in a position of having to do so," said Marine Dream Team member Douglas Applegate. "Fallujah was the most brutal and bloody house-to-house fighting that the Corps has experienced since the Battle of Hue City in 1968." Applegate spent a significant amount of time in Iraq prior to his retirement, and provided the defense team with invaluable insight into the rules of engagement and the environment on the ground in Iraq. The Marine Dream Team's only non-Marine, Vincent LaBarbera, commented post-trial that this case "was purely politically driven to support some still-unknown government agenda -- most probably, the appeasement of anti-American Iraqi factions. Unfortunately, this young hero [Nazario] was the government's guinea pig." Of particular interest, in prosecuting Nazario, the government chose to focus on an honorably discharged Marine who was decorated for valor in combat. The flawed structure and composition of the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act contributed to the aggressive prosecution of this case, said the defense team.
  • 400 lbs of Marijuana, 40 lbs Cocaine

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2005
    Outcome:
    Dismissal
    Description:
    400 lbs Marijuana...40 lbs Cocaine...illegal search - reversed on appeal and case dismissed
  • Attempted Murder - Biker

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    Biker shoots ex's new lover in head - accused of attempted murder - found not guilty at trial
  • Death Penalty Murder

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2004
    Outcome:
    Saved from Death Penalty
    Description:
    Accused first degree multiple murder - Saved from Death Penalty
  • Multi Million $ Federal Telemarketing Fraud

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2004
    Outcome:
    Negotiated plea of 1 yr
    Description:
    Telemarketer accused of scamming 6 million - negotiated plea of 1 year & 1 day
  • Embezzlement

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    No jail time
    Description:
    Accused $50,000 Embezzler - negotiated plea - no jail time
  • Multiple DUI .23

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    2nd time DUI .23 BAC/Hit & Run - found not guilty of DUI at trial
  • Cultivation of Marijuana

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2009
    Outcome:
    Dismissed
    Description:
    Cultivation for sale Marijuana...58 plants plus 5 lbs - case dismissed during trial
  • Marijuana Grow in Forest

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    6 months home confinement
    Description:
    Federal Prosecution - Industrial Marijuana Grow (3,000+ plants) - negotiated plea of 6 months electronic monitoring
  • Child Molestation

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty
    Description:
    Day Care Husband accused of Child Molestation - found innocent on all counts at trial