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AZFamily.com - No-Knock Warrants Are Legal in Arizona, but Rare

Jason Lamm No-Knock InterviewSeptember 23, 2020

A Kentucky grand jury Wednesday brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor. Since the shooting, no-knock warrants have been banned in Louisville. In Arizona, they are legal.

"No-knock warrants are definitely an exception rather than the rule, and we’d like to think police reserve such a request for situations where there’s a real danger to their safety," said criminal defense attorney Jason Lamm.


AZFamily.com - Leslie Merritt Jr.'s Lawyer: 'He Lives With This Still Every Day of His Life.'

Jason Lamm Merritt InterviewAugust 18, 2020

Attorney Jason Lamm was interviewed by Good Morning Arizona regarding the recent court order that cleared his client, Leslie Merritt Jr., of the 2015 freeway shootings.

“While a court order is really significant to Leslie, the reality is that you can't scrub the internet,” says Lamm. "Yesterday was really significant, but at the end of the day, it's a token and symbolic gesture.”


AZFamily.com - Court Order Clears Leslie Merritt Jr in 2015 Arizona Freeway Shootings

Jason Lamm Merritt InterviewAugust 17, 2020

For five years, Leslie Merritt Jr. insisted he was not the person responsible for the 2015 freeway shootings. The charges against him were eventually dismissed. Now a judge has cleared his name.

“While a court may clear you, the internet doesn’t,” says Lamm. "The I-10 freeway shootings is a phenomenon that Leslie Merritt is still going to have to live with for the rest of his life, no matter what a judge says.”


12 News - Gym Owner Plans to Reopen Business, but Judge Ruling Doesn't Give Him the Power

Jason LammAugust 7, 2020

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Gov. Doug Ducey cannot keep gyms closed without allowing them to apply to reopen. According to attorney Jason Lamm, who is has worked as both a defense attorney and a prosecutor, the ruling does not allow gyms to reopen whenever they wish.

“It’s saying that the state of Arizona needs to get a system in place so that gyms can apply to reopen,” Lamm said. “It doesn’t give gyms the green light to reopen right away. Any gym or other establishment that opens before getting official permission from the state of Arizona could be subject to criminal penalties. They could be subject to civil penalties,” Lamm said.


AZFamily.com - Governor Ducey's Social Distancing Order Not Being Enforced, Likely Not Enforceable

Jason Lamm InterviewMay 12, 2020

According to Attorney Jason Lamm, the police may not have a choice when it comes to enforcing the social distancing portion of the Governor's executive orders, because the language may be too vague to be legally enforceable.

"When people are expected to comply with laws, the laws need to be definite and certain," said Lamm. "The governor's order, as applied to individuals, is more of a suggestion or recommendation that's subject to interpretation."


AZFamily.com - Family Remembers Man Killed Trying to Detain Suspects in Tempe, Attorney Weighs in

Jason Lamm InterviewMay 10, 2020

Police said Joey DeLegge was shot and killed as he was trying to detain hit-and-run suspects in Tempe. Criminal defense attorney Jason Lamm said Joey thought he was doing something good and it ended up costing him his life.

"If he would have called police and tell them he saw a hit-and-run, they would have told him to take down a license plate," said Lamm. "You're not authorized to use force or deadly force for a misdemeanor, so respectfully he was legally in the wrong."


AZFamily.com - Kiera Bergman Murder Suspect's Case Dismissed

Jason Lamm InterviewApril 2, 2020

The charges against the suspect arrested for the death of 19-year-old Kiera Bergman have been dismissed without prejudice. Criminal justice attorney Jason Lamm, who is not affiliated with the case, said if this happens at all, it's better to happen now as opposed to after a trial.

"When a case comes into the system, everyone assumes that it’s been thoroughly and properly investigated. In this case, it would appear that there was a rush to judgment and a lot of important details were missed," Lamm said. "It's really better to get it right now, as painful as it may be, than for this to happen years alter. It would be exponentially worse for everyone."


12 News - Accused Serial Public Masturbator in Court on Separate Charges as Accusers' Frustration Grows

Jason Lamm InterviewMarch 5, 2020

Ahmad Levon, 24, appeared on charges of failure to appear and lying to a law enforcement officer. His indecent exposure charges were not mentioned. According to Attorney Jason Lamm, if an offender racks up misdemeanors charged in different courts around the county, he or she may be able to escape scrutiny, since judges in justice courts may not be aware of other proceedings in other courts.

It is up to the County Attorney's Office to spot serial misdemeanor offenders and put the cases together as part of what he called a "global prosecution." "That most likely would best protect the community, and that would show that victims that, yes, this is being taken seriously."


FOX10 Phoenix - Lawyer: Serial Shooter Suspect Was Likely Near 2 Freeway Shootings

March 2, 2020

A landscaper once charged in freeway shootings in metro Phoenix during 2015 alleged in his false-arrest lawsuit that there’s a high likelihood that a car belonging to a man later charged in nine killings had been near the scene of two of the highway shootings, according to court documents filed Monday. Attorney Jason Lamm said in the documents that license plate readers picked up a plate matching six of the seven characters from killing suspect Aaron Juan Saucedo’s BMW near two of the shootings on Interstate 10. Lamm contends authorities should have examined Saucedo further.


AZFamily.com - Leslie Merritt Jr Seeks Order Clearing Him in Arizona Freeway Shootings

January 31, 2020

A landscaper once charged in freeway shootings that set metro Phoenix on edge during the summer of 2015 has asked a judge in his now-dismissed criminal case to issue an order declaring he was cleared of wrongdoing. Attorney Jason Lamm said in a court filing last week that a declaration of clearance would help him heal from the psychological effects of his arrest.


AZFamily.com - Paradise Valley Police Investigating Sex Assault at Mansion Party

Jason Lamm InterviewMay 16, 2019

Police are investigating a sexual assault that took place during a mansion party that was thrown for and attended by professional athletes. Five months later, police have made no arrests and have not named any suspects.

"There needs to be physical evidence some kind of lab reports," said Jason Lamm, a criminal defense attorney who has represented professional athletes in the past. "One would like to think that justice is blind and that every investigation is even handed... But the reality is police and prosecutors know that people of means, including professional athletes, will hire a top-flight attorney, someone like myself, who will absolutely scrutinize the investigation," said Lamm.


Phoenix New Times - Jason Rose's PR Firm Feud Escalates From YouTube to Restraining Orders

March 26, 2019

A feud between an ex-employee and two co-founders at heavyweight Scottsdale PR firm Rose, Moser and Allyn escalated from social media messages and an epic phone rant posted on YouTube to two restraining orders issued on Monday.

"We have absolutely no idea what is motivating this irrational behavior," said Jason Lamm, the firm’s attorney. "And frankly, it's sad. We hope her health is okay." He described Lively's statements as "either wildly false or unintelligible." "Our hope is that the restraining order will put a stop to this," Lamm added.


AZ Daily Sun - Flagstaff Boss Sentenced for Sexual Assault of Coworker

March 12, 2019

Noah Best was sentenced to more than five years behind bars for sexually assaulting a woman that worked for him at a small gathering after a work party in 2016.

“Anytime you’re convicted of sexual assault and further obstructing an investigation by tampering with witnesses, you’re lucky to get a minimum term from a judge,” Lamm said. “Judge Moran was fair throughout the trial and sentencing and that’s all you can ever ask.”


Nogales International - Ex-DEA Agent Gets Probation for Illegal Gun Sales

January 11, 2019

A former supervisory agent at the DEA’s Nogales Office whose illegal gun sales reportedly included selling a military-style assault rifle to a member of a drug-trafficking organization was sentenced this week to five years of probation. Defense lawyer Jason Lamm argued in his pre-sentencing memo that Gill’s crime was “one of willful ignorance” rather than the product of an ill-intended scheme, and therefore deserving of a mitigated punishment.


AZ Central - Leslie Merritt Jr., Once a Suspect in the I-10 Shootings, Wins Settlement From County Attorney

November 29, 2018

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., the man authorities had accused in a series of shootings on Phoenix freeways in 2015 before charges against him were dropped. Merritt's attorney, Jason Lamm, declined to comment Thursday about the settlement and the allegations against the state, citing the continuing nature of that part of the case.


Tucson.com - Former Arizona DEA Agent Admits to Illegal Gun Sales

August 15, 2018

A former federal agent in Nogales pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling firearms without a license, including two rifles sold to suspected drug traffickers. At the hearing, defense lawyer Jason Lamm said his client had worked out a side agreement with the prosecution in which the firearms seized at Gill’s house would be sold and the proceeds turned over to Gill. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Smith said that was accurate and that Gill was prohibited from possessing firearms.


Phoenix New Times - Montenegro, the Topless Text, and CD8 Race: The Juicy Details Keep Piling Up

February 24, 2018

Republican congressional candidate and former Arizona senator Steve Montenegro's "revenge porn" scandal looks like a good, old-fashioned Arizona dirty politics story.

"Anyone who would allege that my client Kent Lyons has engaged in any crime or civil wrongdoing is grossly misinformed on both the facts and the law," said Jason Lamm, a local criminal defense attorney.


AZ Central - Family of Veteran Killed in 2017 Pursuit Sues Arizona DPS for Wrongful Death

Jason Lamm Press ConferenceJanuary 25, 2018

The family of an Army veteran killed in a high-speed chase that stretched from Gilbert to Camp Verde has lodged a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

"His death was tragic and completely avoidable had DPS and Gilbert officers not violated agency policies and placed Brad’s life in danger," attorney Jason Lamm told The Arizona Republic in a statement. "The lawsuit filed seeks to hold responsible parties accountable and to effectuate change so that no other family must suffer the Moore family’s pain."


The Seattle Times - Ducey Opposes Bid to Question Him About Freeway Shootings

November 2, 2017

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is opposing a request to make him testify at a deposition in a false-arrest lawsuit filed by a man once charged in some of the freeway shootings that set metro Phoenix on edge for weeks during the summer of 2015. Merritt lawyers say Ducey inserted himself into the case when the governor triumphantly tweeted, “We got him!” five minutes after the landscaper was arrested in mid-September 2015. Merritt’s attorneys also said Ducey and his staff had meetings with law enforcement officials about the case and provided funding to investigate the shootings. “The circumstances of how the governor became aware of the arrest are most certainly at issue,” Merritt attorney Jason Lamm wrote in court records.


ABC15 - Phoenix Freeway Shootings: 2 Years Later, DPS Says Leslie Merritt Jr. Still "Our Guy"

September 22, 2017

It has been two years since the series of freeway shootings in Phoenix, and the lead agency on the case says Leslie Merritt Jr. remains the primary suspect in the investigation. Jason Lamm, Merritt’s attorney, released the following statement in response to Milstead’s recent comments:

During the pendency of the criminal case against Leslie, we were never presented with any evidence that placed him at the scene of any of the shootings. In fact, all we saw was evidence that placed him elsewhere and showed that he was not responsible. Now, more than two years later, the only new evidence we have seen is additional evidence that proves his 100% innocence.


AZ Central - Tempe Intruder Who Held Child Gets 9 Months in Jail, Deportation

September 18, 2017

The man who broke into a Tempe apartment and held a toddler while intoxicated in December has been sentenced to nine months incarceration along with lifetime probation. The defendant was represented by criminal defense attorney Jason Lamm who stated to the court that there are lots of open arms for Cohen in Israel. He also noted in court that his client had felt embarrassment and shame for what had occurred. Lamm said in a phone conversation that Cohen was very apologetic for what he had done. "He had a sense of relief," Lamm said about Cohen after his sentencing. "He feels a good sense of closure and was relieved that the family could have some closure."


ABC15 - Heston Silbert Deadly Chase: Family Seeks $4 Million After Deadly DPS Chase

July 24, 2017

A Notice of Claim has been filed against the State of Arizona and the Town of Gilbert after a man was killed in a high-speed chase led by the DPS Deputy Director. Moore's parents are seeking $4 million from DPS and $300,000 from the Town of Gilbert as damages. "Brad stole a car on Jan. 24 and it was wrong. But stealing that truck did not have to cost Brad his life," Lamm said.


AZFamily.com - 'Person of Interest' Identified in Phoenix Serial Street Shooter Case; DPS Denies Link to Freeway Shooter Case

April 24, 2017

Law enforcement sources have confirmed the identity of the "person of interest" in connection with the notorious "Serial Street Shooter" case. According to court documents, the 2015 murder of Romero involved the same type of handgun used in the Phoenix freeway shootings. Phoenix attorney Jason Lamm represented Leslie Merritt Jr. in the freeway shootings criminal case. He has filed a wrongful arrest lawsuit against the state on his client’s behalf. "The problem is DPS never compared Saucedo's gun to the evidence in the freeway shooters case," said Lamm.


AZFamily.com - Leslie Merritt Jr. Update: Freeway Shooting Suspect Takes Polygraph Test to Clear Name

April 19, 2017

eslie Merritt Jr. walked out of Maricopa County jail on April 19, 2016 after prosecutors dismissed all charges due to a lack of evidence in the case. Jason Lamm, attorney for Merritt, said the freeway shooting suspect volunteered to take a polygraph test to prove that he is not the correct suspect. A polygraph test, provided by Lamm, showed that Merritt was truthful when he told the polygrapher that he is not the Interstate 10 freeway shooter.


Phoenix New Times - Petrified Forest National Park Supervisor Admits Theft of Fees; UPDATE — Gets One Year in Prison

March 8, 2017

A supervisor for Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing $313,000 in park entrance fees in a long-running embezzlement scam. Baldwin's local defense attorney, Jason Lamm, says federal sentencing guidelines call for a probable 12- to 18-month prison sentence. That's less than she might have gotten if she hadn't cooperated with prosecutors, who offered leniency for making a "full and complete disclosure" as to what happened and accepting responsibility.


AZ Central - Scottsdale Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Shooting Ex-Husband

February 13, 2017

A Scottsdale woman was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated assault for shooting her ex-husband in 2015. Cerny declined to make a statement of her own in court Monday, instead deferring to criminal defense attorney Jason Lamm to comment on her desire to "put this all behind us" and focus on the family.


AZ Central - Attorney: DPS Releases Gun of Former Freeway Shooting Suspect Leslie Merritt Jr.

January 30, 2017

Jason Lamm, the attorney for the man formerly suspected of firing a gun at cars on Valley freeways, announced two wins for his client on Monday. The domestic-violence allegations against Leslie Merritt Jr. have been dismissed, and Merritt’s gun — the lone piece of evidence that had once tied him to the shootings — has been released by investigators. The issue with Merritt’s gun was the last holdout in a case that crumbled last year when an expert challenged the ballistics that implicated Merritt.


ABC15 - Peoria Car Dealer Jason Simpson to Be Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Two Underage Girls

January 5, 2017

After three investigations over a dozen years and a plea deal, 47-year-old Jason Simpson will be sentenced on Jan. 6 for crimes involving two teenage girls. Court records indicate that Simpson was previously arrested for sex crimes against a minor in 2003 and was investigated for sexual exploitation of a minor in 2006. According to his current attorney Jason Lamm, the charges in 2003 were dropped. Lamm declined to comment further on the current case until it is over.


AZ Central - Latest Ballistics Exam of Former I-10 Shooter Suspect's Gun Inconclusive

November 16, 2016

Results from a second, independent ballistics examination of a gun belonging to former freeway shooting suspect Leslie Merritt Jr. were inconclusive as to whether the firearm had been used to terrorize motorists driving on Valley freeways in the summer of 2015. Jason Lamm, Merritt's attorney, wrote that the report dated April 29 by criminalist John Murdock offered exculpatory findings that "represent the nails in the coffin that forever buries the State's already defunct case against Merritt."


KTAR News - Former I-10 Shooting Suspect Leslie Allen Merritt Charged With Violating Court Order

October 28, 2016

Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr., the former suspect in the Interstate 10 shootings, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly violating a protective order and making threats. All charges against Merritt stemming from the I-10 shootings were dropped in late April without prejudice. Attorney Jason Lamm alleged the state had to change the timeline of the shootings to fit its narrative in court.


Phoenix New Times - I-10 Shooter Investigators Still Trying to Tie Suspect's Gun to Case

July 26, 2016

Despite the threat of a lawsuit and allegations that its investigators tried to frame an innocent man, the Arizona Department of Public Safety continues to try to link Phoenix landscaper Leslie Merritt Jr. to four shootings in 2015 on the I-10 freeway. As DPS's ballistics testing was the only evidence linking Merritt to the crimes, the prosecution's case collapsed once Haag's report was revealed to Merritt's defense attorneys, Jason Lamm and Ulises Ferragut.


AZFamily.com - Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss 'With Prejudice' in Freeway Shootings Case

May 10, 2016

A Superior Court judge ruled on Tuesday the records and documents in the freeway shootings case be released with redactions so the public can read them.The records include a ballistics report that attorneys for Leslie Merritt Jr. say led to the dismissal of his case late last month.

"Mr. Merritt has been publicly accused, humiliated, embarrassed and dragged through the mud," defense attorney Jason Lamm said. "Mr. Merritt has, in fact, a greater right to have his name not maintained in its pristine status but restored to a pristine status because the charges have been dismissed, he is presumed innocent because he is in fact innocent based on the utter lack of evidence in this case."


NBC News - After Charges Dropped, Ariz. DPS Chief Says Leslie Merritt Jr. Still I-10 Shootings Suspect

Jason Lamm Court AppearanceApril 30, 2016

After charges were dismissed against a man accused in a high-profile Arizona freeway shooting case, the head of the state Department of Public Safety says he believes police arrested the right man. Prosecutors said they intend to proceed in the case against Merritt, who had been charged in four of the 11 shootings on or near Interstate 10 in the Phoenix area. Merritt's attorney, Jason Lamm, has said police made a rush to judgment. A ballistic expert found police ballistics reports were "insufficient were insufficient to constitute an identification."


KTAR News - Attorneys: There Was Never Any Evidence Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. Was I-10 Shooter

April 29, 2016

Defense attorneys for Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., the accused I-10 shooter, said there was never any evidence against their client in the case. Attorney Jason Lamm, alleged the state had to change the timeline of the shootings to fit its narrative in court. Lamm used cell phone records to show Merritt was at home on Aug. 29, the time of the second shooting of which he was accused. He also said Merritt’s gun was in the pawn shop at the time of the Aug. 30 shooting, the fourth Merritt was accused of.


AZ Central - Merritt's Attorneys: DPS Investigators Ignored Evidence in Phoenix Freeway Shootings

April 28, 2016

Leslie Merritt Jr. may never face a jury in the Phoenix freeway shootings, but on Thursday he got a trial-worthy defense. Defense attorneys who represented him in the now-defunct case skewered the Arizona Department of Public Safety, contending their client’s arrest was the product of ignored evidence and blatant tunnel vision. At a news conference in downtown Phoenix, attorneys Jason Lamm and Ulises Ferragut aired what would have been their presentation to a jury had Merritt’s case not been dismissed Monday. “There has never been any evidence that Leslie Merritt is the I-10 shooter, and we are confident that there will never be any evidence,” Lamm said. “Because Leslie Merritt is simply not the I-10 shooter.”


Phoenix New Times - Why Did Case Against Alleged I-10 Shooter Fall Apart? Defense Pushes to Have "Veil of Secrecy" Lifted

April 27, 2016

For many, there always was something fishy about the case against Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., the 21-year-old landscaper previously accused of being the “I-10 Freeway Shooter.” Now that the case has been dismissed and the gag orders previously placed on all legal parties and witnesses have been lifted, Merritt’s defense attorneys, Jason Lamm and Ulises Ferragut, are pushing the court to unseal all documents. At the time of Merritt’s arrest, “the Court had rightful concern” that this information remain secret so as not to taint the jury or influence any of the witnesses, they say, “but those concerns are now moot."


AZFamily.com - Lawyer: All Charges Against Accused I-10 Shooter Dismissed

April 25, 2016

All charges against the primary suspect in last summer's freeway shootings case have been dismissed without prejudice, defense attorney Jason Lamm said in a tweet. Leslie Merritt Jr, the father of two, has maintained that he had nothing to do with the shootings along I-10 last summer since he was arrested.


AZFamily.com - State Moving to Dismiss Case Against Suspect in Freeway Shootings

April 22, 2016

The state has moved to dismiss all charges against Leslie Merritt Jr., the primary suspect in last summer's freeway shootings case, according to Merritt's attorney. "There's no evidence against him to show that he's responsible for this," Attorney Jason Lamm said as he spoke outside court Tuesday morning, the day Merritt was released. "Our client was branded public enemy No. 1. He was called a domestic terrorist. He’s been in jail in solitary confinement for seven months. Our reaction? We’re thrilled."


AZ Central - 5 Issues in the State's Case Against the Phoenix Freeway-Shooting Suspect

April 21, 2016

Moments before 6 p.m. Tuesday, a man labeled by authorities last summer as a domestic terrorist walked out of Phoenix’s Lower Buckeye Jail, hugged his attorneys and faced the swarm of media cameras to thank “everybody for supporting me.” “Essentially the only evidence was the link between the gun pawned by Mr. Merritt and the bullets,” Attorney Jason Lamm said. “The state’s own expert now says that the identification or match that DPS made does not exist.”


AZFamily.com - Accused Freeway Shooter Files $10m Claim Against Ducey, Others

March 14, 2016

I-10 shooting suspect Leslie Merritt Jr. has filed a $10 million notice of claim against Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, the State of Arizona, Maricopa County and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. Merritt’s attorneys David Don, Ulises Ferragut and Jason Lamm allege the investigating agencies “suppressed evidence, ignored exculpatory evidence, intimidated witnesses and misused the legal process to bring false accusations against Mr. Merritt, who has remained deprived of his liberty until the present.”


Albuquerque Journal - Bail Lowered for Man Charged in Phoenix Freeway Shootings

November 16, 2015

A judge lowered bail Monday for a man charged in several freeway shootings that put drivers in metro Phoenix on edge two months ago, but wouldn’t let his attorneys call witnesses to back up a claim that he has an alibi. Defense attorney Jason Lamm said he appreciated the reduced bond, but kept pushing for more favorable bail. “For this man, a 22-year-old landscaper with two small children, $15,000 is like a million dollars to him,” Lamm said. “As we sit here, we have yet to see any evidence that puts Leslie Merritt Jr. along the I-10 freeway at the time of these shootings,” Lamm said.


AZ Central - DPS Investigating 'Road Rage' Shooting Near Loop 101 in Peoria

October 3, 2015

Department of Public Safety officials said it was incredible nobody died in what officials described as an "isolated road rage shooting incident" near Loop 101 and Bell Road in Peoria. Saturday’s isolated shooting comes after a string of 11 shootings along Interstate 10 that began Aug. 22 and left some area residents afraid to drive on the freeway. On Sept. 18 DPS officials arrested Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., on suspicion of being connected to the first four shootings. Jason Lamm, an attorney representing Merritt Jr., tweeted out after Saturday's shooting that "my client Leslie Merritt has an alibi."


ABC15 - Video: Attorney for Merritt Talks With ABC15

Jason Lamm InterviewOctober 1, 2015

Jason Lamm poke exclusively with ABC15 and stated he will be entering a not guilty plea for his client, Leslie Merritt Jr., in court on Thursday morning.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery told the media on Wednesday that Merritt could face over 100 years in prison. Lamm told ABC15’s Christopher Sign, “You can take the maximum sentence for any charges and run them together and create a big number." He said it is a theoretical possibility that his client could face 100 or more years in prison, but there is no practical likelihood of it happening.


AZ Central - Suspected Phoenix Freeway Shooter Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. Pleads Not Guilty

October 1, 2015

The suspect in several of the Interstate 10 shootings in Phoenix, Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., entered a plea of not guilty as he was was arraigned in Maricopa County Superior Court on Thursday morning. Merritt had previously declared his innocence, telling a court commissioner at his initial appearance in September, "I'm the wrong guy." Merritt's newly appointed criminal defense attorneys, Jason Lamm and Ulises Ferragut, proclaimed him innocent and said they are ready to fight for their client.


The New York Times - Identical Twins, One Charged in a Fatal Shooting, Create Confusion for the Police

August 8, 2011

At first, the murder case against Orlando Nembhard seemed solid, as witness after witness came forward to say they saw someone that looked just like him brandish a pistol in February outside a crowded nightclub and fire on a young clubgoer, who later died. But the case has turned shaky because someone who bears a striking resemblance to Mr. Nembhard — his identical twin brother, Brandon — was also at the scene in the early in the morning of Feb. 12. Jason D. Lamm, Orlando Nembhard’s lawyer, sought to reduce bond after learning that two additional witnesses had come forward to say Brandon had told them it was he, and not Orlando, who was responsible.


ABC News - Twin Brothers Complicate Arizona Murder Investigation

July 29, 2011

Orlando Nembhard has been in an Arizona since March 28 on murder charges, but he is poised to be released on bail because investigators now aren't certain whether the suspect in jail should be Orlando or his twin brother Brandon. Nembhard's attorney Jason Lamm said his client isn't guilty. "He's frustrated that he's sitting in jail for a crime he didn't commit… He's relieved to know that there's light at the end of the tunnel for him, and yesterday was the first step," said Lamm.

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