On December 17, 2013 Mr. English was named one of the top 100 trial lawyers for 2013 by The National Trial Lawyers Association.
Successful Resentencing after Booker
On April 27, 2011 Homes Valencia-Rios was represented by Greg English at his resentencing hearing in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Case No. 1:99-CR-389-RWR-2. He received 168 months (14 years) in prison. Since he had already served eleven years, with his accumulated good time credit the sentence was close to being time served. At his original sentencing hearing, where he was represented by another attorney before the case was remanded by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, he received 324 months (27 years).
Major Victory in Sentencing Case
In January of 2010, the Fourth Circuit decided United States v. Mark Lynn, 592 F.3d 572 (4th Cir. 2010), requiring the trial judge to clearly articulate how the 18 U.S.C. §3553(a) factors were applied in fashioning the sentence. The court, referencing Gall v. United States, stated that "a district court’s explanation of its sentence need not be lengthy, but the court must offer some ’individualized assessment’ justifying the sentence imposed and rejection of arguments for a higher or lower sentence based on §3553." Mr. Lynn, who was represented by other counsel at trial, had been convicted and sentenced to prison for 33 years. Mr. English handled his appeal and obtained the Fourth Circuit decision which vacated Mr. Lynn’s sentence. The court’s decision relied in part upon another case Mr. English had argued. Mr. Lynn received a reduced sentence when the case was remanded.
Mr. English successfully defended two defendants in separate trials in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia recently. On May 30, 2012, Kevin Sherman was found not guilty of sexual abuse. Previously, on December 9, 2011, Estrada Smith was found not guilty of sexual abuse even though the accuser claimed that he had raped her. In both cases, the cross-examination of the complaining witness by Mr. English resulted in acquittal.
Dismissals in Federal Cases
On May 11, 2012, Mr. English obtained a dismissal in United States v. Tura Gemeda, Case No. 1:09-253-10, in the U.S, District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Gemeda was charged with conspiring to bribe the D.C. Taxi Cab Commissioner.
Brandon Beale was charged in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia with conspiracy to distribute heroin. After eleven months of litigation his case was dismissed on November 7, 2014.
Favorable Disposition in Federal Case
Philip Simpson was charged in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer as part of the Anonymous online group's cyber-attacks against various entities. After a year of litigation the case was resolved by a guilty plea to a misdemeanor and a sentence of probation with home detention on November 21, 2014.
Amendment To Sentencing Guidelines
Effective November 1, 2013 Amendment #7 revised the Guidelines Manual provision governing how court-martial convictions are considered in computing a defendant’s criminal history. This change was made in response to Mr. English’s recommendations.