SIGNIFICANT CASES


CRIMINAL APPEAL: 

 

POST-CONVICTION-RELIEF PETITION, to FEDERAL COURT STAY of EXECUTION, and HABEAS CORPUS PETITION:  

     Mr. Rosenquist represented Debra Milke, after she was convicted of conspiiracy to murder her son, and sentenced to death after her Direct Appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court was denied.

     Mr. Rosenquist represented Debra in a"Post-Conviction-Relief Petition" (PCR), in State Court. After the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed her conviction, they issued an Execution Order. Mr. Rosenquist had the Execution Order stayed by the Federal Court, and filed a Habeas Corpus Petition.

     The only evidence against Debra was a confession she porportedly made to a police officer, she always denied. The confession was suspect, because the officer did not record it, even though his supervisor told him to, and it was not witnessed, even though there was another police officer outside the room.

     After months of investigating the police officer's background; Going through all the court cases the officer was involved in during his career, Mr. Rosenquist discovered a number of cases where the police officer was found to be lying by a Judge.

     During the time Debra was in jail, the head Psychiatrist formed an opinion that Debra did not have the capacity to kill her child. Debra was terrified of going to trial, so the psychiatrist worked with her, to learn to control her emotions. He was scheduled to testify at trial, to explain her lack of emotion, but the Judge did not allow it. At trial Dedra was emotionless during her testimony, which made her appear cold hearted, and unremorseful. 

    The jury did not hear evidence of the police officer's record of lying through out his career, and did not hear the psychiatrist's testimony of why she did not show emotion when she testified, so the jury belived the police officer.   

    The 9th Circuit Court of Apeals reversed Debra's case, based on the jury not hearing evidence of the officer's lying. Eventually Debra's case was dismissed, because of prosecutorial misconduct: The prosecutor's office disregard the officer's history of lying, and using the officer's testimony in other cases, without divulging his history of lying.

    *A book was written about Debra's Life. How she was sentence to death and how she was freed.

Title: A Stolen Life, The Debra Milke Story

Author: Jana Bommersback

Published: 2019

 

CRIMINAL TRIAL:


      Mr. Rosenquist represented the vice president of a company, in a Federal court trial involving six defendants. They were charged with multiple counts of Security Fraud. They were accused of running a scheme that stole fourteen million dollars from investors. The president of the company, who mastermined the scheme, agreed to testify against the defendants. The trial lasted six weeks, and ended in a dead locked jury on Mr. Rosenquist's client. A new trial was ordered. 

      In the interim Mr. Rosenquist negotiated with the District Attorney and FBI Agents. The negotiations resulted in all charges against his client being dismissed with prejudice.


CIVIL TRIAL:

 

     Mr. Rosenquist represented Meadowlark Lemon, of Harlem Globetrotters fame, in a lawsuit were he sued the owner of the Globetrotters and FUBU, a clothing designer, for using Meadolark's name, number, and image on a line of clothing, without his permission. The jury awarded Meadowlark $800,000.00 in damages.


CIVIL SETTLEMENT:

 

     Mr. Rosenquist represented a client in a lawsuit against Maricopa County and the City of Phoenix. The claim was based on negligence of their employees. At night they shut an unmarked gate across a bicycle/walking path along a canal. His client's bicycle hit the gate, flipping him over the handle bar, he landed bracking his neck. He was rendered a paraplegic. The case settled for $3.5 million.