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Three acquittals in Trinidad murder trial

By Gary Emerling of WTOP – Tuesday, April 12, 2011

“…. As verdicts were read for one of the Bentons, a young man left the courtroom with tears streaming down his face, and shouts could be heard outside. After hearing he was acquitted on all counts, Christian Benton placed a hand on his face and leaned over in his chair. “It’s not good that Alonzo Robinson passed. I’m not happy about that at all,” said Heather Pinckney, defense attorney for Joshua Benton. “But I am very happy that this jury did its job.”

Second Suspect Pleads Guilty in D.C. Double Killing

By Keith L. Alexander – Friday, August 21, 2009

“….Angela Hernandez, like Peiro Fuentes Hernandez, is originally from El Salvador. In addition to deportation, she faces a maximum of 110 years in prison, although because she has no prior convictions and pleaded guilty, Angela Hernandez’s court-appointed attorney, Heather Pinckney, said she hopes her client receives a lesser sentence.”

Witnesses Describe Shooting of 17-Year-Old

By Henri E. Cauvin – Wednesday, January 31, 2007

“…. Magistrate Judge J. Dennis Doyle, after reviewing the account and listening to arguments from the prosecutor, Magdalena A. Bell, and the defendant’s attorney, Brandi Harden of the D.C. Public Defender Service, ordered Mackabee held without bond before another hearing Feb. 12. “

Jury Deadlocks in Case That Relied on DNA

By Henri E. Cauvin – Saturday, April 15, 2006

“…. Jenkins’s attorneys, Edward J. Ungvarsky and Brandi Harden of the D.C. Public Defender Service, attacked the case and put forth enough alternative theories to raise questions among the jurors.

After the jurors reported their deadlock Thursday, the judge declared a mistrial. A hearing was set for later this month to discuss any plans for a retrial.”

D.C. juror is charged after skipping day of murder trial

By Keith L. Alexander – Saturday, March 6, 2010

“…. Under questioning by his attorney, Brandi Harden, Alexander testified that when he sat in the jury box during the first day of the trial and watched Dixon on the bench, he found it difficult to focus on the evidence. His mind wandered, he said, to the days of watching his father. “Being in the courthouse affected me emotionally. It was a little difficult,” he said.”

Shooter Had Big Plan, Say Officials

By Keith L. Alexander – Saturday, March 6, 2010

“…. Under questioning by his attorney, Brandi Harden, Alexander testified that when he sat in the jury box during the first day of the trial and watched Dixon on the bench, he found it difficult to focus on the evidence. His mind wandered, he said, to the days of watching his father. “Being in the courthouse affected me emotionally. It was a little difficult,” he said.”

A Morning of Terror and Flames

By Keith L. Alexander and Henri E. Cauvin – Wednesday, December 20, 2006

“….Initially charged by police with assault with intent to kill in the Saturday morning incident, James, 48, appeared yesterday in D.C. Superior Court and was charged with arson after prosecutors reviewed the evidence against him. “

Shooter Had Big Plan, Say Officials

By Allison Klein and Aaron C. Davis – Thursday, May 1, 2008

“…. At his arraignment yesterday in D.C. Superior Court, Johnson pleaded not guilty to assault with intent to kill while armed. Public defender Brandi Harden argued”

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Public Defender Intern Recalled As Positive Example for Youths

By Jonathan Mummolo and Omar Fekeiki – Sunday, July 1, 2007

“…. Heather Pinckney, a trial attorney with the public defender’s office, said Richardson told her that few of the people he grew up with in Far Rockaway, N.Y., went to college or left the old neighborhood.”

Doubts Raised in Case Against Man Accused of Slaying Girl, 17

By Henri E. Cauvin – Thursday, September 14, 2006

“….When Lesene was brought before Magistrate Judge Michael J. McCarthy yesterday, defense attorney Brandi Harden, of the D.C. Public Defender Service, challenged the charging documents filed by the U.S. attorney’s office.

She cited inconsistencies in the accounts of the two witnesses cited in the documents. One witness reported that Lesene was wearing a mask, but the other made no mention of a mask, according to the papers.

It was that discrepancy that appeared to most trouble McCarthy. “That’s a big difference,” he told Assistant U.S. Attorney David Gorman.”