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Cash and Cocaine, but No Conviction

By Henri E. Cauvin

Washington Post Staff Writer 

Monday, March 5, 2007

"The haul was unprecedented. A wiretap on the cellphone of a reputed drug kingpin led police to a stash house where they found almost 100 kilos of cocaine and nearly $1 million. A force of more than 100 federal and local agents swept up nearly a dozen suspects in raids across the region."  (Click here to read more)

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Prosecutors presented evidence of cocaine seized in a raid in U.S. District Court, but jurors were not persuaded to convict the suspects. (Photos From The U.S. Attorney's Office)

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On the Jury, Gene Weingarten Didn't Believe the D.C. Police's Eyes

By Gene Weingarten

Sunday, January 24, 2010

"Last week I was a juror in the trial of a man accused of selling a $10 bag of heroin to an undercover police officer. At the end of the two days of testimony, I concluded that the defendant was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I also concluded that he should be acquitted... The "eyes" officer in this case -- the only person who claimed to have seen the cash and drugs change hands -- testified that he had radioed the following description of the suspect: black male, black jacket, royal blue baseball hat, v-necked white t-shirt, sneakers, key on a chain around his neck, carrying a bottle of ginger ale. He said his view had been unobstructed, on a clear day, from a distance of 50 to 60 feet. Defense lawyer Jon W. Norris produced aerial photographs to prove that this was wrong." (Click here to read more)

Jon W. Norris Commentary on Robert Wone Obstruction Trial Begins

Mr. Norris and his cases are recognizable in George Pelecanos’ riveting Spero Lucas series of DC crime novels. Involving criminal defense attorney Tom Petersen.   “They were in a second-story office with a bank of windows overlooking D Street at 5 th , in a corner row house close to the federal courts. Tom Petersen, big and blond, sat behind his desk, wearing an untucked paisley shirt, jeans, boots…, his blond hair shaggy around his face, looking like an aged Brian Jones.”

The Cut by George P. Pelecanos

The Double by George P. Pelecanos