A mere 5 days after Neil Rockind pulled off a stunning victory in the 48th District Court (check out the story here People v. Fawkes), Neil Rockind achieved yet another NOT GUILTY verdict at a domestic violence trial in the 46th District Court in Southfield, Michigan.
Andre Ellison came to our firm roughly 2 months ago and told us that he had been wrongly accused of domestic violence by an ex-girlfriend. The prosecutor had offered to reduce the charge to disturbing the peace, but Ellison knew that he had done nothing wrong – and turned down the offer. We set it for trial and forged ahead with preparations.
Monday, September 27th, the prosecutor called our office and, after a lengthy discussion, again offered to reduce the charge to disturbing the peace. We told her no deal and that we were ready to go.
On Tuesday the 28th Neil appeared at the courthouse at 8:30 am and soon after began jury selection. Following a masterful jury selection process, the trial began at roughly 2pm. The prosecutor called 4 witnesses, including a police officer that was called to the scene, a young man that allegedly witnessed the assault, the complainant herself, and the police officer that took pictures of her alleged “injuries.”
Following the prosecution’s proofs, it was extremely apparent that there were several holes in both the prosecution’s case and the story put forth by the complainant. First, the 911 call operator wasn’t called to testify – why? Second, the 911 call wasn’t played to the jury – why? Third, the police officer who took the complainant’s statement was not called to testify – why? Fourth, the video system that existed and was working in the place that the assault took place was mysteriously “not-accessible” and the video of the incident mysteriously disappeared.
Finally, and most importantly, the complainants story was simply implausible. Neil Rockind cross-examined her for nearly an hour and at the conclusion of her testimony I don’t believe that there was a single person in that courtroom that believed anything that she was saying.
Her lies exposed, Ellison took the stand to testify and emphatically stood his ground that he had not laid a hand on her. 2 hours later the jury returned with a verdict of NOT GUILTY.
A second NOT GUILTY in 5 days! That’s how we handle our business at NEIL ROCKIND, P.C.
Neil Rockind, P.C. is extremely experienced in handling all types of domestic violence/assault and battery cases. If you or a loved one is faced with any type of domestic violence charge, or an investigation by any policing agency regarding such a charge, please contact Neil Rockind, P.C. at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office directly at 248-208-3800 to schedule a free consultation!