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SKV Successful in Pro Bono Representation of Inmate Assaulted on Orders of County Official

In September 2015, pre-trial detainee Darrell Jacoby Mark was assaulted by over 20 inmates at the direction of Harris County detention officer Vanesha Lee in retaliation for filing a grievance against her. At the time Mr. Mark was attacked, Lee was smuggling drugs into the Harris County jail for inmates under her supervision and had been involved in a romantic relationship with at least one of these inmates for months preceding the attack. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office terminated Lee shortly after Mr. Mark was attacked, but she fled the jurisdiction and criminal charges were never brought against her. Following the attack, Mr. Mark, proceeding pro se, filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 prisoner civil rights case against Harris County, Lee, and Lee’s supervising sergeant.

“Varsity Blues”: United States and SKV client enter agreement for dismissal of charges

On October 12, 2021, Judge Indira Talwani of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts approved and unsealed a Deferred Prosecution Agreement resolving the case against SKV client William “Bill” Ferguson, the former Wake Forest Women’s Volleyball coach. Ferguson was indicted in March, 2019 in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions case.

SKV Prevails in the Sixth Circuit on Habeas Corpus Appeal

On August 12, 2020, SKV was appointed to represent Ricardo Edmonds under the Criminal Justice Act in his appeal in front of the Sixth Circuit. After Edmonds filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in May 2018 arguing that that the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines were unconstitutional, the State of Michigan conceded that Edmonds was entitled to habeas relief.