“The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries.”
Attorney Robert A. George has been involved in many difficult, complex, and hard-fought contests. He has represented hundreds of individuals and business entities in government investigations and complex criminal litigation, and has a breadth and depth of experience in criminal matters, handling matters both in state and federal courts throughout the country.
Some of those cases are described below.
Mr. Correia was acquitted by a federal jury in Massachusetts in 2002 after Mr. George gained him a new trial and a jury re-trial for arson, mail fraud, and insurance fraud.
Louis R. Pagliuca
Mr. George secured federal jury acquittals for this Revere developer for thirteen counts of bank fraud, making false statements, and obstruction of justice, a trial which led to the dissolution of the New England Bank Fraud Task Force.
P.A. Landers Corporation
Mr. George won the Lambert family a 4.3 million dollar jury judgment against the P.A. Landers Corporation for negligent road maintenance.
Mr. George defended Mr. Martorano in his federal racketeering case, one in which hearings revealed the corruption between Boston’s FBI office and its informants.
Mr. George secured dismissals or reduced sentences in separate cases charging Mr. Bufalino with first-degree murder, armed robbery, and attempted murder.
Mr. George secured a reduced sentence in two separate federal organized crime racketeering cases and state indictments after extended negotiations with the United States Attorney’s Office.
James “Whitey” Bulger
Mr, George secured an approximately 6.4 million dollar wrongful death judgement in the United District Court in Boston, which was awarded to a family which lost its father, who had been gunned down by longtime FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger.
Mr. George handled this federal obstruction of justice case, in which the defendant served one-half of the time originally sought by the Government.
Attorney George’s career has included the representation of individuals and entities throughout the entire spectrum of the criminal justice system. Those cases include grand jury investigations involving police misconduct, health care, environmental non-compliance, bank, tax and securities fraud, and public corruption. He has also handled cases alleging criminal violations including obstruction of justice, conspiracy, racketeering charges, and money laundering.
A sampling of those cases follows.
Mr. George gained the dismissal of the indictments in this high-profile larceny and burglary case against this Revere police officer and gained his reinstatement as a police officer.
Institutional Fraud Investigations
Mr. George has defended defendants in the United States Funding, Dime Savings Bank, Com-Fed Savings, and Barnstable Community Credit Union federal investigations, investigations in which he successfully argued for lesser sentences.
Industrial Metal Recycling
Attorney George successfully represented the owners, operators and key employees from this company, as well as the James G. Grant Company, in separate federal tax investigations in the scrap metal industry.
The owners of this company served no prison time in their multi-million dollar federal tax evasion cases handled by Mr. George.
This Dedham police officer was acquitted for attempted murder in two different Superior Court cases in which he was represented by Mr. George.
Wellesley Police Department
This police brutality case was tried before a jury by Mr. George with Attorney James St. Clair which resulted in not guilty verdicts for both police officers.
Dedham Police Department
In jury trials handled by Attorney George, police officers John Landers and Peter Smart were both acquitted for police brutality and union fund fraud by the Attorney General’s Office.
Attorney George has also handled appellate matters in state and federal courts in Massachusetts and throughout this country.
Some of these arguments included the following cases.
Mr. George defended this fifteen-year-old Somerville boy in juvenile and adult proceedings in which he was charged with first-degree murder. This case was one of the most heavily covered criminal cases of its time and changed the juvenile transfer laws for homicide after Mr. George successfully convinced a district court to retain the jurisdiction of Mr. O’Brien.
Mr. George’s argument on this appeal changed perjury law in Massachusetts.
John J. Salemme
The Supreme Judicial Court. in a directed verdict of acquittal on a first-degree murder case after a jury conviction, reversed this case on the the basis of insufficiency of evidence after a trial judge had allowed the case to be decided by the jury. This appeal has led to the freedom of many persons convicted of a crime since 1985. Mr. George went on to secure a similar first-degree murder appellate acquittal the following year for Antonio Mazza.
Mr. George defended Mr. White in two jury trials for drug trafficking while he was a sergeant in the Massachusetts State Police Drug Control Unit. His appellate argument on the closure of the courtroom during jury selection resulted in his new trial.
This historic murder case followed a course that included his first-degree murder conviction, an acquittal, a reinstatement of that conviction, and a new trial.
Mr. George not only represented Mr. McCowen for murder in the nationally covered homicide case involving fashion writer Christa Worthington, but he also conducted historic juror misconduct hearings after the trial, handled the appeal, and filed a series of post-trial motions challenging the verdict.
Many of Mr. George’s criminal cases were quite public and have gained him a reputation for courtroom excellence. Some examples of those trials are below.
Ted Jeffrey Otsuki
Mr. George spearheaded this cross-country first-degree murder defense of one of America’s most wanted fugitives for killing a Boston Police Officer and wounding several others.
‘A first degree murder case in in which Mr. George gained an acquittal despite the conviction of co-defendant Shawn Drumgold, who was freed sixteen years later after his wrongful conviction.
First degree murder trial that focused on child abuse, in which Mr. George achieved a lesser charge after presenting the leading medical experts while impeaching the prosecution’s specialists.
First degree murder case in which Mr. George spearheaded the defense of Mr. Bennett, a man who was falsely accused in one of America’s most heavily covered trials. This case led to an overhaul of the entire Boston Police Department and the appointment of a new Police Commissioner.
In the so-called New Bedford serial killings case, Mr. DiGrazia committed suicide after being re-accused for these homicides after Mr. George had gained his freedom after focusing attention on other suspects.
This triple murder case handled by Mr. George was covered gavel to gavel by Rhode Island television stations for eight weeks and involved a complicated disassociative personality defense.
Mr. George handled this serial-killing first degree murder case, involving multiple jurisdictions, forensic testimony, and lengthy trials in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
A double murder case in which Mr. Parks was found not guilty in a case tried by Mr. George and in which all four co-defendants were found guilty.
Rebecca and David Corneau
A first degree murder investigation in which Mr. George gained freedom for his client after negotiating with and personally leading investigators to the Maine burial sights of alleged victims.
Mr. George conducted two jury trials for this high-ranking Massachusetts State Police Sergeant.
Mr George gained an acquittal after a jury trial for this National Hockey League scout and USA Hockey coach.
A nationally covered first degree homicide case.
Mr. George defended Mr. Universe competitor and bodybuilder Craig Titus in his Massachusetts extradition proceedings.
Attorney George represented Mrs. Rudin in Massachusetts against charges of murder in Las Vegas.
Siny Van Tram
Mr. George defended Mr. Van Tram in the infamous Chinatown Massacre case in which five men were executed.
Mr. George handled the juvenile and adult proceedings, as well as the appeal in which Mr. O’Brien was charged with first-degree murder.
Mr. George handled this juvenile homicide case, which caused the changing of juvenile transfer laws for the second time in the Commonwealth in a case involving the stabbing of an M.I.T. Norwegian exchange student.
Ray and Shirley Souza
A child abuse case which commanded national attention on issues of false memory and repressed memory syndromes, a defense which has been tied to the reversals of cases involving the same issues.
A rare acquittal for first degree murder by reason of insanity after Mr. George presented expert forensic testimony.
State Police Detective was sentenced to a lesser sentence in a multi-defendant corruption case after negotiations conducted by Mr. George.
Mr. George secured the acquittal of Mr. Hood for first degree murder after a jury trial.
Mr. George gained nn acquittal of attempted murder for this Wellesley College honor student on the basis of mental disease after a lengthy Superior Court trial.
In a highly publicized first degree murder jury trial, Mr. George’s client was acquitted of murder.
Mr. George gained the former Stoughton Police Chief an acquittal for public corruption and extortion charges after a jury trial.
Registered nurse was acquitted of twenty-five of thirty-two counts in the United States District Court charging internet pharmacy fraud, international money laundering, and drug distribution. As a result of Mr. George’s defense, wholesale changes were made in the Health Care Fraud Unit of Massachusetts’ United States Attorney’s Office.
Mr. George filed the complicated pre-trial motions that led to the disclosure of the disturbing informant/federal law enforcement relationships with informants, which resulted in calls for legislative reform and Congressional hearings on the handling of criminal informants across the country.