Fried Frank represented pro bono CJA client Mr. L, who on April 25, 2018 was sentenced by US District Judge George B. Daniels to the mandatory minimum of 60 months on one count of possessing a gun in connection with conspiracy to commit an armed robbery. In 2016, the government indicted Mr. L on three counts that would require a mandatory minimum sentence of 180 months. Fried Frank was substituted in for Mr. L's prior counsel a year into the case and after plea negotiations had broken down. The Fried Frank team persuaded the government to take the top charges off the table, which greatly reduced the client's sentencing exposure. Shortly before sentencing - perhaps as a result of buyer's remorse - the government made additional allegations that could have caused the court to sentence above the 60 month mandatory minimum. But at the sentencing hearing, Judge Daniels was not persuaded that those allegations called for a longer sentence. This was Mr. L's first criminal conviction, and he is 22 years old.
The Fried Frank team included litigation partner Lawrence Gerschwer, litigation special counsel Jennifer L. Colyer, and litigation associates Chelsea P. Azrak (who handled the plea and the sentencing argument before Judge Daniels) and Danica L. Brown. The team was assisted by many partners and associates in the Litigation Department who participated in moot sentencing arguments.