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Exceptional Defense Receives Media Coverage

The Law Offices of Doron Weinberg has provided clients with exceptional defense representation for more than four decades.  The quality of that work has been recognized in press attention in a number of our prominent, high-profile cases.  Read below for a sample of articles highlighting our work:

"Doron Weinberg Joins Trial Team in Guam Election Lawsuit"

Press release, January 5, 2011

Doron Weinberg, a highly regarded white collar criminal defense lawyer in San Francisco, recently joined as co-counsel to the trial team representing Carl Gutierrez and Frank Aguon, Jr. in their challenge of the 2010 gubernatorial election results in Guam.

"Best Lawyers Names Doron Weinberg as 2011 Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense in San Francisco"

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Doron Weinberg as the "San Francisco Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar Lawyer of the Year" for 2011.

"Piano Teacher Walks After Judge Dismisses Retrial"

The Almanac, Monday, November 2, 2009
"Fremont piano teacher Boping Chen, 59, whose March 2006 conviction on child molestation charges involving an eight-year-old Menlo Park girl had been overturned on appeal, got a reprieve of sorts on Monday, November 2 when a San Mateo County Judge dismissed a retrial of his case.

The dismissal does not establish Mr. Chen's innocence, but does clear his record, [Doron] Weinberg said.  Mr. Chen ended a three-year stay in San Quentin prison in early June after Superior Court Judge Stephen Hall had issued a writ of habeas corpus requiring the Department of Corrections to release him.

Judge Hall had thrown out Mr. Chen's conviction after concluding that his representation in the trial was 'not competent' in that his attorney [not Mr. Weinberg] should have engaged an expert to testify on behalf of Mr. Chen.

Mr. Chen's new defense team did test him. 'The evaluation came back saying that this man is not any kind of sexual deviant.' Mr. Weinberg said. 'He fits no part of the profile.'"

"Anti-Authoritarian" San Francisco Lawyer Heads Up Spector's Case

San Francisco Daily Journal, Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"An intellectual, anti-authoritarian force in Bay Area courtrooms and beyond for 36 years, [defense attorney Doron] Weinberg is making his first major appearance in a Los Angeles trial.  Weinberg is lead counsel for Phil Spector.  The music producer is charged with murdering Lana Clarkson, a 40-year-old, down-on-her-luck actress working as a House of Blues VIP hostess on the night of her death.  Spector's first murder trial ended in a mistrial after the jury deadlocked 10-2 in favor of conviction."

At a post-verdict press conference, the jury foreperson commented on the quality of the defense effort, saying "Mr. Weinberg - you were awesome."

"Killer" Found Not Guilty in Retrial

The Mercury News, Wednesday, November 1, 2006
"A Santa Clara County jury Tuesday found Roy Lopez Garcia not guilty of a 1996 murder, in a high-profile case made controversial by the prosecutor's reliance on a jailhouse informant found not credible in a separate case.

The verdict cleared the way for Garcia to be freed from custody for the first time in eight years.

As the clerk read the verdict Tuesday, Garcia's attorney Doron Weinberg inhaled deeply and embraced Garcia, who was sitting next to him.  Garcia's wife, Ester, held her clasped hand to her mouth, her tears and wedding ring shimmering.

'We are thrilled that this terrible ordeal that has been going on for eight years is finally over,' Weinberg said."

"Doctor Acquitted of All Sex Crimes"

The Gilroy Dispatch, Thursday, October 30, 2003
"For Dr. Raul Ixtlahuac and his supporters, there was an outpouring of joyful relief on Wednesday.

After deliberating for little more than a day, a jury found [Gilroy Kaiser Permanente physician] Ixtlahuac not guilty of five felony sex-crime charges that had threatened to send him to prison for more than a decade and ruin his medical career.

Ixtlahuac was emotionally overwhelmed when the verdict was read at about 11:00 a.m., according to his defense lawyer, Doron Weinberg.  For the doctor, three years of intense turmoil is over.

'We are very, very relieved and very grateful to the jury,' Weinberg said.  'It's reassuring that a group of citizens could look at a case this complicated and this emotional...and they could understand that [Ixtlahuac] is innocent....  They understood that the witnesses may believe, and they feel that something happened when in fact nothing happened.'"

"San Francisco Artist Acquitted of Charges"

Kansas City Star, Saturday, April 7, 2001
"A San Francisco artist whose vivid work uses 1960s-era LSD imagery and paper walked away Friday from federal drug charges a free man for the second time in nine years." If convicted [defendant Mark] McCloud could have faced life imprisonment.

McCloud's attorney, Doron Weinberg of San Francisco, contended throughout the trial that none of the artwork contained LSD, pointing to 33,000 sheets of untreated blotter paper and framed examples of blotter art seized from McCloud's home and stacked in the courtroom."

"Acid House"

San Francisco Weekly, August 30, 1995
"Mark McCloud's collection of 250 different [LSD] blotters, meticulously assembled over the last 20 years, comprises a psychedelic Smithsonian exhibit - a document of the Age of Acid that reveals the artistic strivings of the marketers of the quintessential drug."  But that career was interrupted in 1992, when the FBI arrested him on "conspiracy to distribute LSD" charges.

Put on trial in Houston in May 1993, McCloud faced a minimum of 10 years in prison. [His family hired] San Francisco defense attorney Doron Weinberg to prepare a thorough defense. After the prosecution presented several days worth of evidence and testimony, the judge, without hearing a word from the defense, granted a judgment of acquittal.

'Doron Weinberg saved my life,' McCloud says."

"Aguilar Case Post-Mortem - Jury: Bad Judgment His Only Offense"

The Recorder, March 21, 1990
"U.S. District Judge Robert Aguilar's only offenses were those of bad judgment, several jurors insisted Tuesday, the day after a jury ended his historic racketeering trial by deadlocking on seven felony counts and acquitting him on one charge of obstructing justice.

"The jurors agreed that the best attorney was Doron Weinberg, who represented codefendant Tham.  The jurors interviewed said he exercised a near-total mastery over the witnesses during cross-examination.  'He was the most eloquent person in the courtroom,' said [Jury foreman Carl] D'Amico.  He said the height of the trial was Weinberg's cross-examination of solo practitioner Edward Solomon, a prosecution witness who wore a hidden wire to secretly tape-record Aguilar.

'When Solomon took the stand, I said to myself, this is the key witness in the case,' said [juror Joan] McErlean.  'When Weinberg cross-examined him, it was riveting.  You could feel the whole jury was riveted.  When we broke, everyone said, 'Whew! Can you believe that?'"

"Aguilar Cleared on 1 Count; Mistrial on Remaining Seven - Prosecutors Did Not Prove Case, Juror Says"

The Recorder, March 20, 1990
"A federal jury acquitted U.S. District Judge Robert Aguilar of one count of obstruction of justice Monday but deadlocked on seven remaining felony charges, including racketeering.

'I think it's great the judge has been vindicated on this count' said Doron Weinberg, who represented Michael Rudy Tham, a codefendant."

"Innocent Man Freed After 2 ½ Years"

San Francisco Chronicle, November 30, 1980
"A man who spent 2 ½ years in prison for a rape and robbery he says he never committed was released yesterday in Alameda County Superior Court after prosecutors said they found evidence that exonerated him.

While in jail, aided by the common-law wife he married in court shortly before his conviction, [Keith Hart Jr.] hired San Francisco attorney Doron Weinberg to appeal his case. Weinberg and his investigators found evidence linking the Newark robbery to a group led by Oakland brothers David and Kenneth Moore, who were convicted just last March of a series of heinous crimes in the summer of 1978."