David Schertler

Free Press, Fair Trial…

10/28/2010
By Craig
Free Press, Fair Trial…

…and “Imminent Threats” In just over five pages, counsel for Kathy Wone, brushed back the defendants’ proposed gag order motion.  Filed yesterday was the Plaintiff’s Opposition to Defendants’ Motion to Enjoin Counsel from Making Extrajudicial Statements.  Submitted by Covington & Burling’s Ben Razi, Stephen Rodger and Brett Reynolds, with Patrick Regan in tow, they lean on DC...
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Posted in David Schertler, civil trial, legal strategy | 149 Comments »

Day 8: Wrap

05/27/2010
By Craig
Day 8: Wrap

Knife Fight The morning was spent trying to determine whether or not two key tests performed by semi-retired FBI trace evidence analyst Douglas Deedrick would be included. The tests involve his work on fiber transfers from an eight pound pork loin, meant to simulate human tissue, and his fiber imprint test using a substitute white cotton...
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Posted in David Schertler, Trial Coverage | 231 Comments »

Standing Room Only

03/19/2010
By Craig
Standing Room Only

Closing Night for Severance? Early into last Friday’s status hearing we learned of a letter that Joe Price counsel Bernie Grimm had sent (also on behalf of his three defense team colleagues) to Judge Lynn Leibovitz. Long described as one of the “great courtroom showmen,” DC’s very own George M. Cohan fired off this one-page letter on...
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Posted in Bernie Grimm, David Schertler, Glenn Kirschner, Judge Frederick Wesiberg, Judge Lynn Leibovitz, Lois Goslinoski, Robert Spagnoletti, Sarah Morgan, Thomas Connolly, Trial Countdown, legal motions | 10 Comments »

As Seen On TV

02/05/2010
By Craig
As Seen On TV

The January 15 Status Hearing DC Superior Court’s steam-powered rule that prohibits TV coverage of hearings has long vexed both seasoned journalists and cub reporters alike. Not dissuaded, and taking a cue from the rascals who are reenacting the Prop 8 proceedings in California (the federal civil trial concerning the legality of same sex marriage), we offer a similar...
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Posted in David Schertler, Judge Lynn Leibovitz, Robert Spagnoletti, legal motions | 20 Comments »

Past Is Prologue

11/03/2009
By Doug
Past Is Prologue

What Sept. 11th’s Transcript Foretells of Nov. 6th’s Hearing At 54 pages, the transcript of September 11th’s status hearing may seem a dry read.   “53 pages too much of legal jaw-boning…” perhaps.  But text is important.  Text is memory made real.  And like a great dramatic work, while drained of its live human electricity, the...
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Posted in Bernie Grimm, David Schertler, Glenn Kirschner, Thomas Connolly, legal motions, legal strategy | 12 Comments »

Our Worst Fears

10/30/2009
By Craig
Our Worst Fears

I Read The News Today, Oh God…  It’s accepted practice in Washington to release bad news late on a Friday afternoon.  But it wasn’t mere bad news that was going to hit on Halloween weekend 2008; this was a real-life horror story. Dominating the headlines as October 2008 was coming to a close, was the windup of Campaign ‘08.  Barack...
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Posted in David Schertler, Dylan Ward, Robert Wone, autopsy report, media coverage | 16 Comments »

Without a Net

08/24/2009
By Craig
Without a Net

“What’s the Story with Dylan?” We’ve seen the evolution of the Swann Street defendants’ legal representation; Price and Zaborsky first reaching out to friend Kathleen Voelker, and Ward’s immediate retaining of David Schertler.  MetroWeekly’s Bob Roehr saw the looming challenges: Parson acknowledges that with lawyers for the residents having become involved so quickly and the lack...
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Posted in David Schertler, Dylan Ward, Joe Price, Robert Wone, Victor Zaborsky, legal teams | 70 Comments »

Lawyering Up

08/21/2009
By David
Lawyering Up

Joe & Victor hire a friend; Dylan goes from zero to 60 in seconds For more than two years after the murder of Robert Wone, not a single charge was filed in the case.  Many believe one of the reasons was how quickly the three Swann Street housemates hired legal counsel. While the defendants have claimed they answered...
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Posted in Bernie Grimm, David Schertler, Dylan Ward, Joe Price, Robert Wone, Thomas Connolly, Victor Zaborsky | 70 Comments »

Drips and Slow Leaks

08/17/2009
By Craig
Drips and Slow Leaks

Missed Deadlines, Missed Opportunities The August 16, 2006 edition of the Washington Post had two pieces relating to Robert’s Murder.  On the editorial page was a letter to the editor from  high school classmate, Raymond John Mollica.  He tells us that in school they’d kid Robert about being the first Asian American president.  Years later,...
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Posted in David Schertler, Dylan Ward, Joe Price, Robert Wone, Victor Zaborsky | 1 Comment »

Big Guns

05/18/2009
By Craig
Big Guns

And A Full Dance Card It’s hard to say enough about the high caliber defense teams working on behalf of the Swann Street roommates.  Of the four attorneys, two stand out from their years as Assistant US Attorney’s in DC: Thomas Connolly and David Schertler. Connolly was best known for the dogged prosecution of James Nicholson,...
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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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