Bill Swor, a prominent criminal defense attorney who has defended terrorism cases in the past, said the charges suggest that the federal government is "being cautious in how they charge the case."
"They don't want to make it bigger than it really is," Swor said. "(The charges suggest) that they don't have any evidence that this person had any real attack plan, or any activity planned."
Swor said the case, which involves an undercover FBI agent selling grenades to Gregerson in a setup, raises a crucial question: "Is this a situation where you've got someone who is just talking, and but for the activity of the government, would never take any action?"
CINCINNATI - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says he didn't get a fair trial when he was convicted on corruption charges nearly two years ago. Now, Kilpatrick's attorneys are set to go before an appeals court in Cincinnati. But it won't be easy.
"Every criminal defendant has a mountain to climb in order to get a conviction overturned"
"Trial courts decisions are rarely reversed."
The first quote is from William Swor. The second is Peter Henning. Swor is a top defense attorney while Henning is a former federal prosecutor and current Wayne State Law Professor. But both agree that it does not bode well for Detroit's former mayor
DETROIT - Former Wayne County assistant executive Michael Grundy will spend several years in prison after taking a plea deal in a case that accused him of accepting kickbacks when he was at the helm of the county's health care program.
LANSING — William Swor, of Grosse Pointe Woods, is an attorney with William W. Swor, and has practiced federal criminal and immigration law for more than 40 years. He is on the board of directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan as well as the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Swor is a member of the Practitioners Advisory Group to the United States Sentencing Commission. Swor earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oakland University and a law degree from Wayne State University. He will represent members submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan.
DEARBORN — ACCESS has named its new board president, attorney William W. Swor, who, along with the board, will continue to support the nonprofit social and economic services organization in fulfilling its mission and vision of enabling and empowering individuals, families and communities to lead informed, productive, and culturally sensitive lives.
“When you’ve got a defendant who has received as substantial a sentence as Bobby Ferguson did, it seems that either the government doesn’t have confidence in the previous conviction or is just engaging in piling on,” veteran defense lawyer William Swor said Monday.
Like the corruption trial, the bid-rigging case alleges Ferguson capitalized on his friendship with Kilpatrick to fix bids and receive millions in public contracts.
“To the extent the two cases are inter-related, there’s an argument that (a conviction) would be concurrent, so why is the government wasting all of these additional taxpayer dollars?” Swor asked.
Prominent local defense attorney William Swor, who has successfully fought deportation orders, said discretion in immigration cases comes only when political or public pressure is on the government. He should know. He represented Kaso, the U-M student who, along with her mother, escaped deportation.
“This is purely a political decision — who goes and who doesn’t,” Swor said. “Unless there’s some political cost or perceived political cost, they’ll do whatever they want.”
“If this is going up on appeal, or if he thinks he hasn’t done anything wrong, why should he say anything?” said prominent local defense attorney Bill Swor, who represented Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi in the country’s first terrorism trial with the charges ultimately dismissed in 2004.
As for Kilpatrick’s sentencing statement Oct. 10, in which he denied committing certain crimes, Swor said: “Here’s a man who pled not guilty and went to trial asserting his innocence ... so if he believes in his innocence, why would someone expect him to apologize for something he doesn’t believe he’s done?”
Prominent defense attorney William Swor, who has known Thomas for decades, said getting fired by a client comes with the territory of being a defense lawyer. But it still hurts, he said.
“He is very loyal to his clients, and for his client to be disloyal to him must have been extremely disheartening,” Swor said of Thomas. Still, he noted: “Clients do this. ... This is a client’s life, and when a client’s life is on the line, they’ll do what they think they have to do.”
By Tresa Baldas, Jim Schaefer, M.L. Elrick, Cecil Angel and David Ashenfelter
Detroit Free Press Staff Writers
"Certainly, whatever leverage a conviction would have given the government to force Bobby Ferguson to cooperate ... it's certainly diminished," said defense attorney Bill Swor, a longtime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "If he didn't want to cooperate before, there's nothing new, and no new leverage that the government has."
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