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Recent Notable Victories and Press

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Client cleared in Dallas Police Shooting wrongful accusation

Our client was wrongfully accused by the Dallas Police Department of shooting several police officers during a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas in 2016. For a time he was among the most wanted men in the United States. We were retained late in the evening after he turned himself into authorities, and we were able to quickly find evidence and secure his release.

Coverage related to clients wrongly accused in Dallas Police Shooting case


Not Guilty Jury Verdict for client originally accused of Intoxication Manslaughter

Our client in this case was originally charged with Intoxication Manslaughter. After quick action by our legal and investigative team, we were able to find evidence that our client was not the driver of the vehicle. The Dallas District Attorney’s Office refused to drop the charges, and so we went to trial. After a highly-contested trial, the jury returned a Not Guilty verdict.

The state then proceeded to seek a conviction for misdemeanor DWI. We filed a motion to dismiss pursuant to the Double Jeopardy clause, arguing that a jury had already returned a verdict indicating that our client was not the driver of the vehicle. The judge agreed and ultimately dismissed the case. To date, the real driver of the vehicle has not faced prosecution.

Case Dismissed after picking jury in Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child case in 2017

The day after jury selection in a Dallas prosecution for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, our client was offered a misdemeanor assault reduction. We turned it down and demanded a trial. The district attorney then immediately dismissed the case. More than two years of litigation resulted in long-overdue justice for our client. Tough case, meet tough defense attorney.

United States Attorney dismisses case against client charged in El Paso Federal Court with Possession of Child Pornography

Our client was charged in an El Paso federal court with Receipt and Distribution of Material Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Possession of Material Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Cause No. EP-16-CR0860. After we discovered discrepancies between what the FBI and DHS asked a judge to search and what they actually searched, we filed a Motion to Suppress Evidence based on a violation of our client’s Constitutional rights. Instead of having a hearing on the issue, the United States Attorney’s Office decided to dismiss the case, allowing federal authorities to save face.

Coverage related to our client charged in the Waco Biker – Twin Peaks case

In 2015, nine people were killed in a shootout at a Twin Peaks in Waco, Texas. Litigation is ongoing, and we are not offering comment at this time. There has been extensive press coverage related to this case, and the below is a sampling.

Coverage related to the Waco Biker case

Client “No-billed” by grand jury investigating shooting death case

Our client used deadly force during the course of his duty. We represented the client before and during a grand jury investigation. After almost a year, the Dallas County grand jury refused to return an indictment. Instead, our client was “no-billed” and cleared of all charges.

Coverage of Case Involving Waco teacher sending messages to student

Our client was charged with displaying harmful material to a minor. Litigation is ongoing, and we are not offering comment at this time. There has been extensive local coverage related to this case, and the below is a sampling.

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Judge returns a Directed Verdict of Acquittal in case involving trainer of professional athletes

Our client was an athletic trainer who had worked with numerous professional athletes. He was charged with assaulting a public servant and several other related charges. During a jury trial in Dallas County, attorney Paul Saputo requested that the court return a directed verdict of Not Guilty. After heated argument between defense counsel and the state prosecuting attorney, the judge agreed with defense counsel and granted a directed verdict of acquittal. Soon after, the Dallas District Attorney’s Office chose to drop all remaining charges.

Rare Not Guilty verdict in Rockwall County DWI

Our client was charged with Driving While Intoxicated in Rockwall County, a county with a notably high DWI conviction rate. Our client decided to try the case, and we were able to obtain a Not Guilty verdict. The state had blood evidence indicating a high blood alcohol concentration level, but the state’s lab procedures in the cases were called into question. The jury returned its verdict after approximately two hours of deliberation.

2016 Dismissal of Fort Worth Federal Possession of Obscene Visual Representation of the Sexual Abuse of Children

Our client was facing prosecution in the Fort Worth Division of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas for Possession of Obscene Visual Representation of the Sexual Abuse of Children in 2016. After hours of argument in federal court, we were able to secure the pretrial release of our client. We attacked the accusation on several grounds, including the jurisdiction of the charge. The United States Attorney’s Office subsequently filed a motion to dismiss the charge.

Hill County Money Laundering case Dismissed and civil asset forfeiture assets returned

Our client was charged with Money Laundering, DWI and Possession of Controlled Substance in Hill County after a traffic stop turned into a major arrest. The state also attempted to seize several thousands dollars of our client’s money through a civil asset forfeiture action. The case was set for trial. Prior to trial, we were able to convince the District Attorney’s Office to drop all felony charges and return most of our client’s money. In the end, our client accepted a plea bargain deal on the DWI case alone that required him to be on probation and pay a fine. All felony charges were dismissed.

Coverage of teen Lewisville client charged with hit-and-run death

Our client was charged in connection with a hit-and-run death in Lewisville. Litigation is ongoing, and we are not offering comment at this time. There has been extensive local coverage related to this case, and the below is a sampling.

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Two Montague County Indecency with a Child cases Dismissed

Faced with two charges of child molestation in Montague County, our client was facing the serious possibility of dying in prison. We vigorously fought the charges, with our client asserting his absolute innocence. On the eve of trial, we were able to convince the Montague County District Attorney to drop the charges. Our client ended up instead pleading guilty to two misdemeanor simple assault charges.

Coverage related to our client charged in Brown County with Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children

Our client was charged with Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child or Children in Brown County. Litigation is ongoing, and we are not offering comment at this time. There has been extensive local coverage related to this case, and the below is a sampling.

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Interviews & Other Press Coverage

Paul Saputo comments on Ager Hasan case regarding extradition to Canada

Paul Saputo Comments on John Rayne Rivello & Kurt Eichenwald Case

Paul Saputo Comments on Recent Local Immigration Enforcement

Paxton says the prosecution of the mother of four children “shows how serious Texas is about keeping its elections secure”; Saputo is quoted saying the case was “an enormous waste” of court resources.

American Bar Association interviews Paul Saputo regarding for law students involved in Social Activism

Paul Saputo Comments on Marijuana Legalization

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