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Criminal Conviction Reversed on Appeal

Today the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an opinion reversing the felony threats conviction of a client of Matthew B. Kaplan, The Kaplan Law Firm's Principal Attorney.  The government had argued that our client had threatened another person by asking that person, during the course of an argument, "What if I shoot you?" and "What if I shoot your car?"  The Court of Appeals—D.C.'s highest "state" appellate court—agreed with our argument that these words are not self evidently…

Sharp Drop in Appeals Reaching DC’s Highest Court

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has made available caseload statistics through the end of 2016.  (I often represent litigants in the Court of Appeals, which is the highest "state" court in the District of Columbia—appeals from this Court go to the United States Supreme Court.)  One surprising trend is a dramatic drop in the Court's caseload over the last several years.  In 2016 1,357 cases were filed with the Court (the overwhelming majority of these cases were appeals)…