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Ranking Rankin

01/07/2011
By Craig
Ranking Rankin

Reporting Last Week’s News Today  It’s official. Judge Michael Rankin is to inherit the caseload of retiring Judge Brook Hedge.  And along with that comes the Wone case and October 2011 trial.  As it appears on the DC Superior Court website: 12/30/2010 Event Scheduled Event: Pretrial Conference Date: 09/07/2011  Time: 4:00 pm Judge: RANKIN, MICHAEL L Location: Courtroom 517   12/30/2010 Judge Caseload...
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In The Beginning

01/03/2011
By Craig
In The Beginning

First Night(s) Over the past three years we’ve heard from a number of people who lived on Swann Street at the time of Robert’s murder.  Many of them still do. Almost all vividly remember the night of August 2, 2006 and the initial rounds that investigators made around the immediate neighborhood.  It was this first round of investigation...
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2 Down, 1 To Go

12/28/2010
By Craig
2 Down, 1 To Go

The Long, Strange Trip Continues There may be no better time than the holiday slows and the two-year anniversary of the site to take stock of what’s happened and what lays ahead.   A year from now the civil trial will be over.  We joked that by the time this project was completed, we could’ve almost been lawyers.  That assumes of...
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Let Regan Be Regan

12/23/2010
By Craig
Let Regan Be Regan

White Shoes and Black Hats? Ten years ago the American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable published a white paper (later revised in 2006) that addressed how the “Lack of respect and confidence seems to have developed in the public’s mind for the trial practice…”    Lawyer bashing is as old as the Bard, and more than likely even predates that famous...
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Last Minute Gift?

12/20/2010
By Craig
Last Minute Gift?

For Sale, No Sale or Sold?  According to a large real estate display add in the local community paper, The DuPont Current, 1509 Swann Street is still up for sale and it remains listed at $1,599,000.  Quite a stocking stuffer. Yet there is some confusion over whether the house is still on the market or not. ...
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Washington Merry-Go-Round

12/17/2010
By Craig
Washington Merry-Go-Round

“Who’s on First?  What’s on Second?” It’s a feature of DC Superior Court, and perhaps with other jurisdictions for all we know, that judicial calendars rotate annually.  Stick around these parts long enough and you get to see this play out more than once. A year ago at this time, defense counsel and the government were...
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Paper Trail

12/15/2010
By Craig
Paper Trail

Judge Brook Hedge’s Lasting Impact The dust has settled from last Wednesday’s jam packed status hearing.  Judge Hedge ruled officially on five pending motions. Oral rulings in court parlance; there was no paper released on any of her decisions, so the only public record we have of that day is by way of the DC Superior Court database.  And...
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Cold Comfort

12/09/2010
By Craig
Cold Comfort

Plaintiffs Win the Day at Status Hearing Frigid weather and long, long lines greeted the Court Set at Moultrie on Wednesday morning.  Jurors, attorneys, defendants, media and even judges braved the cold and stood in lines that snaked around the building, some waiting nearly an hour just to make it to security and the mags. The long...
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As Time Goes By

12/08/2010
By Craig
As Time Goes By

Going Back to Moultrie It’s been nearly six months since the verdict came down in the criminal case.  Judge Lynn Leibovitz’ summertime dose of  cold comfort has given way to an unseasonable blast of frigid weather here in America’s Hockey Capital. Today marks our second trip to Judiciary Square since the June 29 ruling; the last was...
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21 Hours

12/03/2010
By Craig
21 Hours

Plaintiffs Reply to Defense Opposition on the 5th Under DC Civil Code Rule 30(d)(2), the plaintiff is entitled to one day of seven hours of deposition testimony for each defendant, absent a further order of court. Multiply that by three and Kathy Wone has the opportunity, if her Covington team chooses to run out the clock, to...
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Purpose of this Site

On August 2nd, 2006, Washington attorney Robert E. Wone was murdered at 1509 Swann Street. Over two years passed before any criminal charges were filed - and then only conspiracy, obstruction of justice and crime scene tampering charges were brought against the Swann Street housemates, all present in the home on the night of the murder: Joe Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky.

On May 17, 2010, a DC Superior Court trial got underway and all three defendants were all acquitted in that bench trial on those pending charges.

Nearly four years later, very little seems clear about what happened that night and who murdered Robert Wone. A cloud of suspicion remains over the Swann Street defendants who have denied any involvement in the murder of their friend or in the alleged cover up.

Judge Lynn Leibovitz found a moral certainty in their collective guilt, but not evidentiary certainty. Civil proceedings in a wrongful death suit filed by Robert's family is the next chapter in this tragic story.

We continue to work together seeking answers to the mystery of Robert Wone's murder and in finding justice for his memory and legacy.

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