district court

Recent Trial Court Victories

United States v. Hernandez, S.D. Fla. No. 98-cr-721 (upon agreement to dismiss habeas

petitions, full clemency for three members of the Cuban 5 granted)

Ramnaraine v. United States, M.D. Fla. No. 11-cr-00356 (granting motion to vacate sentence

under 28 U.S.C. § 2255) granted

United States v. Baggett, S.D. Fla. No. 09-cr-10016 (on resentencing, sentence reduced by 7

years below original 20-year-sentence)

United States v. Ladson, S.D. Fla. No. 08-cr-20897 (on resentencing, sentence reduced from

mandatory life sentence to 20 year-sentence)

United States v. Hinds, S.D. Fla. No. 08-cr-21104 (on resentencing, sentence reduced by 9 years

from original 15-year-sentence)

United States v. Morejon, S.D. Fla. No. 07-cr-20855 (successfully opposed mandatory life

sentence; on resentencing, sentence reduced by 12 years from original 20-year-sentence to 8


United States v. Clement, S.D. Fla. No. 14-cr-20306 (successfully contesting felony fraud

charges; felony charges dismissed)

United States v. Negrelli, N.D. Ohio No. 14-cr-162 (successfully contesting armed career

criminal charge and sentence enhancement; 3-year sentence instead of minimum15-year


U.S. v. Antonio Velasco, S.D.Fla. No. 14-cr-60153-DTKH (Jan. 2015) (trial victory;

not guilty of all charges of money laundering)

U.S. v. Sotolongo, 2014 WL 6830448, M.D.Fla. No. 6:13CR00099-JAJ-KRS

(granting motion to recuse district court judge)

U.S. v. Tardon, S.D.Fla. No. 11-20470-CR (June 7, 2014) (jury verdict finding $5

million in defendant’s property was not subject to forfeiture)

S.E.C. v. Altomare, S.D.Fla. 14-61196-CIV, 2014 WL 4388614 (Sept. 5, 2014)

(vacating SEC judgment against criminal fraud defendant)

Terrabank v. Salman Coral Way Realty, M.D.Fla. 09-cv-02308-RAL (Feb. 2016)

(trial court victory; court dismissed All Writs Act claim filed by Terrabank, N.A.)

Salman Coral Way Realty v. Stansell, M.D.Fla. 09-cv-02308-RAL (Oct. 2015)

(vacating U.S. Marshal’s sale of forfeited property and ordering return of property)

Pascual v. Rivera, S.D.Fla. No. 10-23833-Civ (Oct. 27, 2010) (rejecting

Congressman’s claim of federal question jurisdiction and remanding improperly

removed action claiming financial statement improprieties)

Salman Coral Way Partners v. Terrabank, N.A., S.D.Fla. No. 15-cv-24045-00 (Jan.

2016) (rejecting bank’s claim of federal jurisdiction and remanding improperly

removed action claiming improper forfeiture)

Siman v. Ocean Bank, S.D.Fla. No. 15-cv-24258 (Feb. 2016) (rejecting bank’s claim

of federal jurisdiction and remanding improperly removed action claiming improper