Acquittals/Not Guilty Verdicts


State v. Alexander Walkine, Cherokee County Superior Court, Indictment No. 15CR1284 (April 29, 2017)
Mr. Walkine was charged with Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of Malice Murder and Aggravated Assault and Cruelty to Children in the Third Degree, stemming from a shooting at an automotive repair shop. Mr. Steel argued to the jury that Mr. Walkine acted in self defense when the aggressive and hostile mechanic instigated a confrontation, seeking a fight. Mr. Walkine had two small children in his car as the argument escalated. Although the mechanic had no weapon on his person, the jury still found Mr. Walkine not guilty on all charges and after 19 months in jail, facing a life sentence, Mr. Walkine walked free.


State v. John Lampl, Clayton County Superior Court, Indictment No. 2011-CR- 01661-5 (March 23, 2017)
Mr. Lampl was a former elected official as well as the City Manager for the City of Morrow. Mr. Lampl was indicted for 16 felony counts of corruption while running the city. After 6 years of litigation and 4 days of trial in which a rigorous defense was presented by Mr. Steel, the prosecution caved after 2 witnesses out of an expected 14 prosecution witnesses testified. The case ended with a Nolo Contendre plea to 5 County Ordinances, 30 days of probation, a minimal amount of restitution while Mr. Lampl maintains complete innocence and now sues the people who wronged him.


State v. Adam Pina, Fulton County Superior Court, Indictment No. 15SC139566 (January 13, 2017)
Mr. Pina was charged in a multi-count Indictment charging Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery and related charges arising from a shooting at a Sandy Springs billards hall. Rejecting a plea offer to serve 35 years in prison, Mr. Pina trusted Mr. Steel’s trial preparation which resulted in the exclusion from evidence of a prior murder charge against Mr. Pina. After a one week trial, the jury returned not guilty verdicts on all counts as a result of Mr. Steel’s skillful defense.


State v. Morris Moss, Haralson County Superior Court, Indictment No, 14 CR 245 (March 4, 2016)
Mr. Moss was charged with Aggravated Assault (shooting) and Criminal Trespass. Mr. Steel presented a self defense claim. After a four day trial, Mr. Moss was found not guilty of all charges.


State v. Laphonso Davis, Fulton County Superior Court Case No. 14SC129341 (Dec. 2015)

State v. Laphonso Davis, Supreme Court of Georgia Case No. S16A1664 (Sep. 2016)
Mr. Steel was hired after Mr. Davis’s first trial resulted in a hung jury / mistrial with other counsel. Mr. Steel analyzed the transcript in preparation for the re-trial. Additionally, Mr. Steel filed a motion to bar the new trial seeking to have the trial court rule on the Motion for a Directed Verdict which had been timely requested in the first trial but not ruled on. Mr. Steel persuaded the trial court that it had jurisdiction to evaluate and rule on the Directed Verdict Motion, even after the mistrial was declared and the jury dispersed months before. After argument, the trial court found it had jurisdiction to rule on the Motion for Directed Verdict post mistrial and granted the Motion for a Directed Verdict, dismissing all charges that included malice murder drug crimes, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and eleven (11) other felony offenses. On September 6, 2016, the Georgia Supreme Court of Georgia dismissed the State’s effort to appeal the grant of the Motion for a Directed Verdict in a case of first impression in the State of Georgia.


State v. Chambers, Dekalb County Superior Court Case No. 06CR4481 (May 16, 2014)
After persuading the Court of Appeals to reverse Mr. Chamber’s conviction for Voluntary Manslaughter [321 Ga. App. 512; 739 S.E.2d 513 (2013)], Mr. Steel zealously prepared for his client’s retrial. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client was cleared of all counts.


State of Georgia v. Marlow, Cherokee County Superior Court Case No. 13CR0992 (2013)
Arguing before a three-person Administrative panel appointed by Governor Nathan Deal, Mr. Steel claimed that Ms. Marlow should not be removed from her elected office during the pendency of her criminal case in which she was charged with making false statements. The Panel ruled in favor of Ms. Marlow.


State of Georgia v. Roesser, Gwinnett County Superior Court Case No. 07-02406-7 (January 31, 2011)
After Mr. Steel won Mr. Roesser a new trial from convictions on Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession if a Firearm during the commission of a crime, Mr. Steel was retained to handle the retrial.  At the retrial, Mr. Steel convinced a jury to acquit his client on all indicted offenses.


State v. Scott, Dekalb County Case No. 09-CR-3431-06 (September 17, 2010)
After the first jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, Mr. Steel retried Ms. Scott’s case and persuaded a second jury to return verdicts of not guilty on charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony.


State v. Icenhower, Fulton County Case No. 09SC80375 (December 9, 2009)
Mr. Steel defended Mr. Icenhower on 31 counts of child molestation, rape and other crimes alleged to have occurred. As a result of Steel’s blistering cross-examination of the children’s therapist and the mother of the children, the Court granted a mid-trial motion for Acquittal, having found that the children’s statements were inherently unreliable.


State v. Coats, Gwinnett County Superior Court Case 07-B-4482-9 (July 3, 2008)
After a two-week trial, Mr. Coats was found not guilty of malice murder, not guilty of felony murder, not guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and not guilty of possession of a knife during the commission of aggravated assault.


United States v. Flores, Indictment No. 1:03-CR-493-ODE (United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia) (March 22, 2005)
Mrs. Steel represented Flores, one of over 20 people charged in a Mexican drug trafficking conspiracy. After a 2 week trial, her client was found not guilty of all charges and after almost 2 years in jail was freed.


State v. Smith, Henry County Superior Court Case #2004-SU-CR-203-M (August 30, 2005)
Mr. Steel acquitted his client of two (2) counts of Armed Robbery, two (2) counts of Kidnaping and two (2) counts of False Imprisonment in the face of three (3) cooperating co-Defendants who accepted deals to testify for the prosecution and implicated Smith as a perpetrator.

State v. Carlisle, Gwinnett County Superior Court Case #97-B-0731-1 (March 19, 2005)
Mr. Steel won nine (9) counts of this eleven (11) count Bill of Indictment, obtained an appeal bond after the two counts of conviction and then reversed the only felony conviction in Carlisle v. State, 273 Ga. App. 567, 615 S.E.2d 543 (2005), which was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 2006.

State v. Williams, Fulton County Superior Court Case #03SC07474 (2004)
Mr. Steel successfully defended Mr. Williams in his trial of Aggravated Sodomy, Aggravated Sexual Battery, False Imprisonment, and Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree- 2Counts. Mr. Williams was acquitted of all charges at trial in June, 2004.


State v. Carter, Fulton County State Court Case #02-CR-269154 (June 6, 2003)
Mrs. Steel convinced the jury that her client was not guilty of simple battery stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident.


State v. Carter, Clayton County State Court Case #02-CR-10473 (December 6, 2002)
Mrs. Steel achieved not guilty verdicts on reckless conduct and simple battery in a case in which her client was alleged to have attacked a girlfriend.


State v. Lancaster, Gwinnett County Sate Court Case # 2001D-0888-4 (August 30, 2001)
Mrs. Steel obtained a not guilty verdict in a case of Minor in Possession of alcohol.

State v. Davis, Fulton County Superior Court Case #Z92485 (1998)
Mr. Steel successfully defended Ms. Davis on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.


State v. Hufflin, Coweta County Superior Court Case #97R579 (1998)
Mr. Hufflin was found not guilty of multiple counts of rape, child molestation and cruelty to children after Mr. Steel successfully impeached the alleged victim, Mr. Hufflin’s step daughter.


State v. Dinning, Rabun County Superior Court Case # 92-CR-96-S (1997)
Mr. Steel successfully defended Mr. Dinning in his retrial of double murder charges, and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts.


State v. Gourley, Henry County Superior Court Case # 96-CR-0146 (1997)
Mr. Steel successfully defended Gary Gourley using a defense of self-defense against charges of murder and aggravated assault charges.


State v. Fuchs, Gwinnett County Superior Court Case # 97-B-602-4 (1997)
Mr. Steel successfully defended Toni Fuchs using a defense of Battered Women’s Syndrome

on the charge of voluntary manslaughter of her husband.


State v. Hagan, Coweta County Superior Court Case #93R390 (1994)
Mr. Steel and his former law partner successfully defended Mr. Hagan, a City of Atlanta police officer, charged with attempted burglary.



Cases Resulting in Dismissed Charges or Declined Prosecution


State v. David Cohen, Fulton County Indictment No. 16SC144430 (2016)
Mr. Steel was hired to represent an attorney in a well publicized case who was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Extortion (the underlying alleged threat being that the lawyer would file a lawsuit if the other party did not settle a client’s claims) and being a party to an unlawful surveillance (videotape). Related civil litigation had been in the courts for several years. Soon after the client was indicted, Mr. Steel filed a Motion to Dismiss the Indictment, attacking the constitutionality of the statute of Theft by Extortion as well as the unlawful surveillance statute. On November 30, 2016, the Fulton Superior Court granted the dismissal of the Indictment as to all counts, declaring both statutes unconstitutional.


State v. Cynthia “CJ” Becker ; In re Cynthia Becker, Cobb County Superior Court (2015),

In re: Cynthia Becker, Judicial Qualifications Commission (2015)
Mr. Steel was represented former DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Becker and secured a dismissal of a felony Indictment against Judge Becker. Mr. Steel also orchestrated a resolution with the Judicial Qualifications Commission.


State v. Roberto Rocha (Cherokee County Superior Court)
In this death penalty prosecution, Mr. Steel was successful in proving his client’s innocence and getting the charges dismissed prior to trial.


State v. T.H. (Fulton County Superior Court)
Rape and Sexual Assault indictment against a law enforcement officer were dismissed after Mr. Steel filed a slew of aggressive pre-trial motions following the Officer’s indictment.


State v. M.S. (Fulton County Superior Court)
Aggravated Assault indictment dismissed after a thorough investigation into the incident and alleged victim were presented by Mrs. Steel to State prosecutor.


In re J.R. (Cobb County Grand Jury Proceedings)
Mr. Steel’s representation of a decorated military Officer in a county-wide Grand Jury investigation paved the way to clearing his client of all suspicion of wrongdoing.


United States v. DY (United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia)
Mrs. Steel persuaded federal prosecutors not to prosecute her lawyer-client who was suspected of violating federal tax offenses and other state crimes.


United States v. T.S. (United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia)
Mr. Steel thoroughly investigated allegations against his client and persuaded federal prosecutors not to prosecute his lawyer-client who was suspected of violating federal tax offenses and other state crimes.


United States v. Adelaida Villareal (United States District Court, N. D. GA 1:02-cr-586)
Mrs. Steel’s client, who was charged in a multi-defendant drug conspiracy, spent 16 months detained in jail pending trial until Mrs. Steel secured a dismissal on the eve of trial.


United States v. T.H. (United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia)
The government filed a motion to revoke supervised release, but Mrs. Steel was successful in winning a dismissal of the petition.