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Melanie Roe’s Legal Cases

18 total


  • FAMOUS EAGLE MOUNTAIN DOUBLE HOMICIDE AND SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES TRIAL: NOT GUILTY ON ALL MURDER COUNTS

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    ACQUITTED on not one, but TWO murder counts. Client RELEASED from custody!
    Description:
    With 8 co-defendants at the commencement of trial, this case was the largest murder case in the State of California in 2005-6. A highly publicized 3 week trial, this case was won on Attorney Roe's painstakingly brutal cross-examination of nine (9) eye-witnesses to the killings.
  • CHUCKAWALLA 5 MURDER CONVICTION REVERSED ON APPEAL

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    2nd Degree Murder Conviction REVERSED
    Description:
    In 2008, Attorney Roe tried a 3 week murder trial involving five (5) co-defendant inmates at Chuckawalla State Prison. While attorney Roe's objections to unconstitutionally seized statements of her client were sustained, and evidence excluded, other evidence re co-conspirator statements did come in despite Attorney Roe's vehement objections. Client was prejudiced by the admission of this evidence, convicted, but 4th District Court of Appeals agreed with Attorney Roe's objections and REVERSED the conviction.
  • SALACIOUS SEX TRIAL AGAINST DESERT REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER'S CNA ENDS IN NOT GUILTY VERDICTS ON ALL FELONY SEX COUNTS

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    The jury ACQUITTED the accused of all 6 felony counts brought by the D.A.
    Description:
    This was one of the most salacious and overly-publicized trial of 2007 in the Palm Springs area attracting such spectators as the infamous Gloria Allred, attorney for the female complaining witness who claimed my client, a 13 year certified nursing assistant at DRMC, sexually assaulted her in her hospital room. Defense produced internet evidence from the claimant's social websites that greatly destroyed her credibility through impeachment not to mention a long stream of witnesses voaching for the accused's sterling character and reputation in the nursing community.
  • THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS: ATTEMPTED MURDER AND AGGRAVATED MAYHEM CHARGES DISCHARGED AT PRELIMINARY HEARING

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    The accused was DISCHARGED on all felony counts including ATTEMPTED MURDER, AGGRAVATED MAYHEM, ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON (FIREARM), AND CONSPIRACY. This young man was SET FREE and he went home to his family.
    Description:
    This case began in 2009 with a shooting in the parking lot of a gang-infested apartment complex in Banning, CA leaving one man to live the rest of his life as a paraplegic. Attorney Roe's cross-examination of an eye-witness to the shooting revealed the shooter actually fled in a white/silver Lincoln Towncar, and not a tan/gold-colored Cadillac (which the defendant was known to drive) as reported to law enforcement. Law enfrcement and the District Attorney of Riverside County shamelessly failed to pursue leads of an unrelated traffic stop on a white Linclon Towncar made within a few miles of the incident and within 70 minutes of the shooting. Encrypted disptch logs revealed: (i) the seizure of a firearm from the town car (and of note: two missing rounds, the same number of shots heard by a witness to the shooting); and (ii) the subsequent arrest of two Hispanic males (shooter was identified as an Hispanic male). The accused was a Native American Indian.
  • MEAN GIRLS MEET BOYS 'N THE HOOD: MULTI-VICTIM CHILD MOLESTATION CASE DISMISSED AFTER JURY HANGS

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    ALL MOLESTATION CHARGES DISMISSED AFTER JURY DEAD-LOCKED WITH A MAJORITY IN FAVOR OF THE DEFENSE
    Description:
    The year 2010 found Attorney Roe in another highly publicized sex case; highly publicized partly because the accused is both a prominent member of his community and local little league coach. The accused professed his innocence from day one. This man's nightmare began when three young female family members, all of whom despised the accused because his house rules prohibited young boys/men to be in the family home when not accompanied by adults, were led to the stand where they testified not once, but twice, that they had been molested many times in many different locations, and even raped, by the accused. The girls portrayed themselves as something purer than the driven snow, something not usually seen in the Desert. Snow, that is. Attorney Roe skillfully dissected each and every statement the girls made, exposed the inconsistencies, falsehoods, and absurdities along the way. The final blow came when Attorney Roe subpoenaed the neighborhood boys to the stand to give jaw-dropping testimony detailing the sexual proclivities and experience of the female witnesses.
  • ATTORNEY ROE GIVES BACK AND TRIES 3 WEEK TORTURE CASE PRO BONO PUBLICO

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    Pending appeal
    Description:
    In November 2009, Attorney Roe, tried a 21 count, 3 week torture, robbery, burglary, false imprisonment case pro bono publico. The case was selected as the accused, a modern day Gideon, was representing himself after a 13 year battle through the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal, with reversal by that court and remand to the Superior Court for re-trial. Attorney Roe vigorously defended the accused free of charge for 18 months through verdict and maintains that the RIverside County District Attorney's Office was ethically bound to recuse itself after it was learned the complaining witness was then employed by the very agency prosecuting this man and that she had access to the government's files and had even worked on them, evidencing a strong conflict of interest. Attorney Roe successfully halted the government's attempts to allege one-strike rape counts at the eleventh hour, almost 13 years after intial filing of the felony complaint. This was significant as it effectively prevented a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. At trial, Attorney Roe argued the matter was over-charged, that the evidence did not support a torture count as the complaining witness did not sustain great bodily injury, that she delayed 2 days before seeking medical attention, and only did so because a victim-witness advocate suggested she do so, not because there was any need to, that she did not have x-rays, medication, hospitalization, or any further medical follow-up after the initial visit. Case is pending appeal on numerous grounds of prosecutorial misconduct.
  • JUDGE, THE VICTIM WANTED A FOUR-SOME, AND WE'RE NOT TALKIN' TENNIS

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    DISMISSED first day of trial. Couple now live happily ever after and apart.
    Description:
    This domestic violence matter was an absurd case, by anyone's standards, and yet it was still filed by the San Bernardino County D.A.'s Office in 2010. Here, husband and wife get into an argument about who is getting what in the divorce. Husband sees where things are going, leaves. Wife and daughter admit later that they concocted a story of domestic violence as leverage in family law court. Daughter hits wife/mom in face with a door, police respond and photograph injuries. Wife maintained she was fearful for her life up to trial, that is, until Attorney Roe pulled from her sleeve wife's recent emails to husband requesting he chaperon her during a four-some in Sin City so she would feel safe.
  • DUI DISMISSED AFTER TRIAL IN THE INTERESTS OF JUSTICE

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    DISMISSED AFTER JURY HANGS
    Description:
    This was a DUI on DUI case deserving of a classic one-two punch. Client gets call from partner that she had just been in an accident and to come quick. Police respond quicker and arrest partner for DUI. Police then arrest client for DUI. Attorney Roe's former partner gets partner's case dismissed which only makes th D.A. want a conviction even more on Attorney Roe's client. Trial proceeds in 2009. D.A. is ordered before trial not to mention the sexual relationship or orientation between the two partners. When D.A. finally realizes her case is going down in flames courtesy of Attorney Roe's foundation objections re blood alcohol evidence, D.A. chooses to ignore the judge, his rulings, ethics, etc. and goes ahead and prejudices the accused with the irrelevant sexual orientation evidence. Even so, jury hopelessly deadlocked and the Judge, upon Attorney Roe's speedy invitation, dismissed the case in its entirety.
  • DEAF AND MUTE DEFENDANT DISCHARGED OF ALL COUNTS OF CHILD MOLESTATION AT PRELIMINARY HEARING

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    ALL CHARGES WERE DISCHARGED AT PRELIMINARY HEARING AND DEFENDANT WAS SET FREE
    Description:
    Perhaps one of Attorney Roe's most challenging cases: how to defend a client that cannot hear his attorney, or speak a single word. Fortunately for this man, Attorney Roe utilized the services of sign language interpreter Betty Ludwig. With Ms. Ludwig's assistance, the client explained his side of the story. He had been invited to live with a single mother of 2. She had a gambling addiction, and once defendant moved in, she started spending inordinate amounts of time at the casino leaving the kids with defendant. When the client told the woman (in writing) it had to stop, and that he would report her to CPS and INS if it didn't, child molestation charges sprung up out of thin air. At preliminary hearing, the small boy admitted he was touched, but only on his tummy, and no where else, though mother, who had always been at the casino, was adamant the touching was far worse.
  • CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FATHER IN BI-RACIAL MARRIAGE DROPPED AT PRELIMINARY HEARING

    Practice Area:
    Criminal defense
    Outcome:
    FELONY CHARGES OF CHILD MOLESTATION ARE DROPPED
    Description:
    Husband and wife are a bi-racial couple with several small children. Upon moving into a new apartment, in 2004, daughter has a slumber party. One of the guests, another small child, claims the defendant molests her. Ample evidence of racial epithets and harassment by child's mother immediately after party and before claim was presented along with evidence that mother had also been a survivor of child molestation and was hyper-sensitive.