Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mr. (Not Quite) US Attorney

Look at him in court, acting like a grown up lawyer!
This fall, John got the opportunity to help with a case in federal court since he is interning at the US Attorney's office here in Boise.  One day, I was able to go and watch him and it was so much fun.  He always described things like I would be bored going to watch, but I thought it was really exciting. There was a lot of work put into the case, so it was really exciting when the jury found the defendant guilty.
The following is an email that was released to the US Attorney's office back in November:
I bolded stuff about John because I'm all obsessed with him like that. :)

Congrats to the trial team of Marc Haws, John Brassell, Angie Nyland, Danielle Narkin, Kristi Johnson & Cassie Morinville in United States v. Villasenor-Villa for guilty verdicts returned today.  After an eight day trial, the jury found the defendant guilty of multiple counts of manufacturing more than 1,000 marijuana plants, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, injury to government property and most notably, engaging a continuing criminal enterprise, which carries a 20 year mandatory minimum sentence.  The case involved a large-scale marijuana grow operation on BLM land in the Boise National Forest.  Marc led the case.  He gave compelling opening statement, closing and rebuttal arguments.  During the case-in-chief, Marc handled most of the 30 witnesses called by the government.  John, our U of I Law student extern in his first federal court trial, handled a number of witnesses, including an ATF nexus expert and a deputy sheriff who arrested the defendant, and performed like a seasoned trial attorney.  Angie provided impeccable ALS work and was present for each day of trial.  Among other duties, Danielle was instrumental in pretrial prep, and in preparing briefs and jury instructions.  As usual, Kristi and Cassie handled the 30+ witnesses without a hitch, no easy task because multiple witnesses were recalled.  Thanks to the investigating agencies: DEA, BLM, & Nampa PD for their great work investigating the case.  Sentencing is set for February 4, 2015.  Well done, Marc, John, Angie, Danielle, Kristi & Cassie!

Yesterday, the defendant was sentenced to 24 years in prison and this article was published about the case.

I am just so proud of how much John has accomplished the last couple years in law school, it is amazing what can be learned in such a short time.


Ellen said...

Way to go John! Although we're not surprised here. Shane just said, "that's our John!" Ha! Life is Good :)

Kristen said...

That is so awesome!!!! That must feel so good to have that under your belt! And don't worry, Mary, I think that court stuff is exciting, too. Probably because of my mom or something. ;)

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