Other Notable Cases

In 2008, the firm successfully represented a gentleman under investigation by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission for improper stock trading. After a 2 year investigation, the government agreed not to prosecute and a settlement was reached with the SEC.

In 2005, D. H. Wannamaker represented a Pakistani accused of being a terrorist. This case gained national attention. The case was dismissed and he was cleared of any charges.

In 2004, Mr. Wannamaker represented Mr. Rey Paniagua, a member of the Texas Syndicate, in an historic use of the R.I.C.O. statute. This was designated as “complex and voluminous litigation.” The Court departed from the applicable guideline range and gave Mr. Paniagua a sentence of 14 years.

In 2003, Mr. Wannamaker successfully represented an Austin attorney subpoenaed as a material witness in the celebrated case of State of Texas v. Celeste Beard, a woman accused of killing her husband.

Also in 2003, Mr. Wannamaker represented another Austin attorney who was subpoenaed to appear before a Harris County, Texas Grand Jury. The subpoena was quashed.

In 1995, in the U. S. District Court in Mobile, Alabama, Mr. Wannamaker was appointed to represent Anthony McCants, known as the “Bay Minette Rapist” on federal weapons charges. He was successful in gaining four not guilty verdicts for the more serious crimes of possession of a firearm during the commission of violent crimes. The jury convicted only on the two lesser counts of felon considerably shortening his sentence.

Also in 1994, D.H. Wannamaker represented Denton Allen Crank during the post conviction litigation in his death penalty case. This case was successfully removed from federal court and remanded to the state courts for further hearings. The Fifth Circuit stayed the execution and prolonged Mr. Crank’s life another year. Sadly, Mr. Crank was ultimately put to death. Crank v. Collins, 19 F.3d 172. During the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas, D.H. Wannamaker successfully represented a number of protesters exercising their 1st amendment rights to assemble and freedom of speech.

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