D.C. Appeals Court Vindicates Man in Double Homicide Over Trial Missteps, Leaving Families Grappling with Justice Denied

Washington, D.C. — In a legal twist that underscores the intricacies of the U.S. justice system, the D.C. Court of Appeals recently ruled a mistrial in a convoluted murder case involving Alphonso J. Walker. Accused of the 2018 murders of Antone Brown and Dalonte Wilson, Walker’s case was deemed tainted due to significant procedural errors, ultimately leading to a controversial dismissal. Initially charged with the shooting deaths of Brown, 44, and Wilson, 23, during a drug-related gathering in Northeast Washington, Walker faced a challenging trial fraught with credibility issues among key witnesses. Critics of the … Read more

Judge Upholds Defense Counsel Assignment in High-Profile D.C. Murder Case Amidst Defendant’s Objections

WASHINGTON — A judge in D.C. Superior Court has upheld a decision not to allow a murder defendant, involved in a complex and violent case, to change his defense counsel for the fourth time. This ruling came despite the defendant’s claim of compromised rights to a fair trial. Sherman Holley, 46, stands accused of the premeditated murder of 53-year-old James Brooks Jr., as well as additional charges including arson and assault on a police officer. The fatal confrontation occurred on January 15, 2023, in southeast Washington, where Brooks was allegedly stabbed multiple times after a … Read more

New Wage, Ticketing, and Public Health Reforms Set to Roll Out Across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Starting July

Washington, D.C. – Starting July 1, a series of new legislations across Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia will bring notable changes ranging from wage adjustments to the legality of certain sales practices, impacting a wide swath of residents and businesses in the region. In the District of Columbia, the minimum wage is set to rise, moving from $17 to $17.50 per hour for non-tipped workers. This change reflects the city’s ongoing commitment to economic adjustments that accommodate living costs. For those who work for tips, their hourly wage will increase from $8 to $10, offering … Read more

Texas Judge Moves Lawsuit Challenging CFPB’s $8 Credit Card Late Fee Rule to D.C., Dealing Blow to Credit Card Industry

FORT WORTH, Texas – In a blow to banks and credit card issuers, a Texas judge has agreed to move a lawsuit challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s $8 credit card late fee rule to the District of Columbia. The ruling by Judge Mark T. Pittman is a setback for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and five other trade groups that sued the CFPB in March to stop the rule from taking effect on May 14. The CFPB accused the trade groups of engaging in “forum shopping” by filing the case in Texas to find … Read more