CGM&B Partner Marc Gann and Associate Zeena Abdi Serve as Defense Counsel in High Profile, Precedent-Setting Case
Trial of James Ryan Begins, with Experts Noting that This Unique Case will Test the Limits of Criminal Liability, and Set a Precedent for Criminal Blame and DWI Cases
Last week, the high profile trial of James Ryan began in Mineola – with founding partner Marc Gann and firm associate Zeena Abdi providing defense counsel in what is being called a precedent-setting DWI case. This unique case, which is making headlines both on Long Island and throughout the country, centers on the issue of criminal blame and DWI crimes. In the case, client James Ryan has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Nassau County Police Officer Joseph Olivieri – although Ryan was not the person driving the car that struck the officer, but rather set in motion a series of events that ended in his death. The driver of the SUV that was the vehicle which struck Officer Olivieri was never charged
The case began with opening statements and initial testimony last week. Legal experts are watching this high profile case carefully – as the issue of criminal liability and criminal consequences surrounding DWI charges are closely examined. According to Marc Gann, quoted in an AP story picked up in media outlets nationwide, “There’s nobody else to criminally blame so they blame Ryan. … It’s extremely unusual for a person not driving to be charged with a vehicular death.”
The closely-watched trial resumes this week. Following are links to some of the media coverage and quotes from both Marc Gann and Zeena Abdi surrounding this important case – which is sure to impact the future of DWI criminal law. Check back here for continuing developments on this precedent-setting case – and, as always, if you or someone you know is in need of experienced legal counsel surrounding DWI charges, call us anytime at 516-294-0300.