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David Olshansky wins highly publicized Murder Trial

Criminal law attorney David Olshansky wins the trial of the People of the State of Illinois v. John Bamberg. After two years and thousands of hours of preparation the trial of John Bamberg was held in the Circuit Court of Cook County's District 2 courthouse. John Bamberg was charged with the First Degree Murder of Marcus Davis and the Attempted First Degree Murder of his girlfriend Tuwanda Smith while they were allegedly having their vehicle repaired at Smitty's repair shop on Dodge Street in Evanston, Illinois. It was alleged that Tuwanda Smith saw John Bamberg walk up to the vehicle and fire approximately seven shots into the vehicle killing Marcus Davis and wounding her. At the hospital shortly after the homicide Tuwanda Smith was shown a photo array containing six pictures and she was unable to pick Mr. Bamberg's picture in that line-up. Later at the Evanston police station she was shown a second photo line-up and this time she did pick Mr. Bamberg's picture as the one whom she saw firing the gun into the vehicle. Mr. Olshansky argued that because Mr. Bamberg's was the only person used in both photo arrays that they were unreliable and unduly suggestive. David Olshansky hired private investigator Steve Glazier to track down, interview, and get statements from multiple independent eyewitness whose accounts of the events contradicted Tuwanda Smith's. Mr. Olshansky also hired a Harvard Medical Doctor who testified that because of debilitating injuries of John Bamberg it would have been physically impossible for him to have ran the way the eyewitness described, or hold the gun in the manner in which the eyewitnesses described. Mr. Olshansky described this case simply as the police focusing only on John Bamberg because of a known rivalry between the Davis and Bamberg families, and that the police failed to investigate any other potential suspects and focused solely on John Bamberg as the offender. There was allegedly gunshot residue found in a vehicle that Mr. Bamberg had rented during the time of the murder, however, Mr. Olshansky was able to keep that evidence out of the trial after a pretrial hearing attacking the validity of that evidence. There was extensive DNA and finger printing done during the investigation, none of which returned to Mr. Bamberg. During the week long trial the Prosecution did a great job with the evidence they had, Mr. Olshansky was just able to poke enough holes in their case to build reasonable doubt and eventually leading to the finding of Not Guilty.

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  • Date: January 29, 2013
    Charges: Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons
    Case Title: People v. C.D.
    Location: 26th and California, Chicago
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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  • Date: January 23, 2013
    Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon
    Case Title: People v. E.J.
    Location: Bridgeview, Cook County District Five
    Outcome: Motion to Suppress Granted, charges dismissed

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    Charges: Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child
    Case Title: People v. R.V
    Location: 26th and California, Chicago
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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    Charges: Armed Robbery
    Case Title: People v. D.L.
    Location: Markham, Cook County District 6
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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    Charges: Armed Robbery
    Case Title: People v. J.S.
    Location: Maywood, Cook County District 4
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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    Charges: Murder
    Case Title: People v. J.B.
    Location: Skokie, Cook County District 2
    Outcome: Not Guilty

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