Weinberg Quoted as Expert

Weinberg Analysis of Mueller Investigation

Robert Mueller was true to fom
Wednesday, former colleague says

By Shelley Murphy and Travis Andersen | Boston Globe Staff | May 30, 2019

Martin G. Weinberg, a prominent Boston defense lawyer, said that Mueller has remained true to form during his time as special counsel.

“My experience of him when he was the US Attorney in Boston matches his performance as Special Counsel: he believes deeply in fairness and in process, his decisions were entirely evidentiary-based rather than being influenced by politics, personalities, emotions, or by any considerations extrinsic to the standards governing the conduct and charge decisions of federal prosecutors,” Weinberg wrote in an e-mail. “He treated everyone with respect but also with even-handed and consistent toughness.” Read more

Did Papadopoulos wire up? It sounds
like prosecutors wanted him to.

By Travis Andersen | Boston Globe Staff |  October 31, 2017

Should Papadopoulos have to testify against anyone else charged in the case, he can expect defense lawyers to attack his credibility in a similar vein, said Martin G. Weinberg, a prominent Boston defense lawyer who has tried several high-profile corruption cases.

“The starting point of any cross examination is that this man is a confessed liar who avoided more significant charges and has been cooperating with the government in his desire to avoid the destiny of those who don’t,” he said. Read more

Here’s how indictment could be leverage for prosecutors in Russia probe

By Travis Andersen | Boston Globe Staff |  October 30, 2017

…Could Mueller’s latest moves be checkmated by a pardon or commutation from the president?

Not likely, at least in Manafort’s case, according to Martin G. Weinberg, a prominent Boston defense lawyer who has tried many public corruption cases.

Weinberg, while stressing that Manafort is presumed innocent under the law, said the charges made public Monday allege “significant criminal activity” going back several years before Trump ran for president. Read more

Weinberg quoted as an expert

Union members were furious at Boston Calling,
official testifies at extortion trial

By Maria Cramer | Globe Staff | July 30, 2019

Martin G. Weinberg, a criminal defense attorney, said it makes sense for Linehan to seek immunity given that her name comes up so many times in the correspondence.

“Given that they’re prosecuting Mr. Brissette [and Sullivan], the others who are at City Hall associated with him could have a good-faith principal concern that they would want to be immunized before they testify,” Weinberg said. “Part of our justice system is to protect people by conferring immunity on them when the government is seeking to compel their testimony.” Read more

Judge: no clear FDA authority to regulate compounding pharmacy

By Eric T. Berkman | Mass Lawyers Weekly | June 20, 2019

"This decision should motivate defense counsel to do archaeological digs into the breadth of a federal administrative agency’s powers before conceding that such charges as conspiracy to defraud a federal agency relate to matters that are properly being regulated by the agency in question.” — Martin G. Weinberg, Boston Read more

New trial starts for man convicted in 1985 killing

By Maria Cramer | Globe Staff | June 7, 2019

"Given the magnitude of the testimony, it could present profoundly serious due process issues," said Martin G. Weinberg, a veteran defense attorney who is not involved with the case. "It seem fundamentally unfair for the defendant to be in jail based on an unfair trial, get a new trial and then have his new lawyer handcuffed and gagged by an inability to cross-examine." Read more

Suspended Newton judge declined plea deal that would have meant no criminal charges

By Andrea Estes, Shelley Murphy and Maria Cramer | Globe Staff | May 23, 2019

Suspended Newton Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph turned down a deal that would have allowed her to avoid prosecution — and possibly preserve her career — if she admitted that she illegally helped an undocumented immigrant elude arrest by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent according to several people briefed on the federal prosecutor's offer.

… Criminal defense lawyer Martin Weinberg added that Lelling's offer to Joseph is both rare and "rarely refused. About the only justification for turning down such an offer is that it often comes with the requirement of factual admisions of guilt." Read more

Prosecutors push forward with Boston Calling case

By Danny McDonald | Globe Staff | April 26, 2019

Martin G. Weinberg, a Boston criminal defense attorney not connected to the case, said the prosecution “will challenge the outer limits of the Hobbs Act.”

“It’s either at or outside the boundaries of extortion precedent,” he said.

Brissette and Sullivan are charged with extortion stemming from work for the Boston Calling music festival in 2014. The government says they allegedly threatened to withhold city permits for the festival unless organizers hired union stagehands. Read more

Judge said ‘reason to believeʼ Brian Joyce used lawyer
to hide alleged corruption

By Maria Cramer | Globe Staff | March 30, 2018

Martin G. Weinberg, a veteran criminal defense attorney who has advised Joyce, said Gortonʼs decision “is a vindication of a citizenʼs fundamental right to select his own counsel.” Read more

Here’s how Trump’s legal team may be
falling short of the mark

By Martin Finucane | Globe Staff | March 30, 2018

They know the intricacies of the law. “White­collar cases ordinarily come from thecontext of very complicated laws and regulations,” said Martin Weinberg, a prominent attorney in Boston who has defended clients for more than four decades. He said good white­collar defenders will have a “deep understanding of the criminallaw.” Read more

An embarrassing failure for federal
prosecutors in Boston Calling case

By Scot Lehigh | Globe Staff | March 22, 2018

"This was an unorthodox prosecution that was far outside the norm of federal extortion law," notes long-time defense attorney Martin Weinberg. That, I think, is a legal luminary's gentlemanly way of calling it a colossal case of prosecutorial overreach. Read more

Trial canceled in Boston Calling case

By Maria Cramer | Globe Staff | March 21, 2018

“This was the wise election among many bad options that [gives] prosecutors the option to ask the solicitor general to approve an appeal,” said Martin G. Weinberg, a veteran criminal defense attorney who has been following the case. “The government’s case is nearing its end in the district court.” Read more

Extortion case will go on, despite recent rulings some say undercut the case

By Maria Cramer | Globe Staff | March 1, 2018

“The Burhoe decision . . . creates a challenge to a federal prosecutor to show that this is not the overcriminalization of city politics,” said Martin G. Weinberg, a defense attorney. Read more

US attorney unnerves pot advocates, but those who know him say chill

By Maria Cramer | Globe Staff | February 7, 2018

“I don’t expect a licensed marijuana businessman to be indicted by this US attorney,” Weinberg said. “There are plenty of drug traffickers who operate outside the law that the federal government will focus its resources on.” Read more

Rosenberg's husband draws FBI scrutine

By Yvonne Abraham | GLOBE STAFF | DECEMBER 14, 2017

The FBI has begun looking into allegations that Bryon Hefner, the husband of state Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg, assaulted several men with State House connections while boasting of his influence on Beacon Hill, according to two people familiar with the inquiry. …

Defense attorney Martin G. Weinberg, who has represented many clients in corruption cases, said that to make a case against Hefner, federal prosecutors must show that “he controls Senate president Rosenberg’s office to the extent that he could . . . perform legislative acts and exchange those acts in a quid pro quo that would be the essential element of a political corruption prosecution.

”He said that such cases are far harder to make since the US Supreme Court unanimously overturned former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell’s public corruption conviction last June, and narrowed the grounds on which prosecutors can bring corruption cases. Read more

Irregular verdict form still an issue in pharmacist case

By Kris Olson | Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 25, 2017

Irregularities on the verdict form on which New England Compounding Center coowner and head pharmacist Barry J. Cadden was acquitted of 25 counts of second degree murder are unusual and noteworthy, local attorneys say. …

Boston defense attorney Martin G. Weinberg, however, thinks the form indicates not a lack of unanimity, but suggests instead that the number next to “guilty” merely represents jurors leaning in that direction but ultimately agreeing that prosecutors had not proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Read more

City official accused of extortion calls on judge to exclude key evidence

By Maria Cramer | Boston Globe Staff |  October 31, 2017

…The defense motion before Judge Leo T. Sorokin is “pivotal,” said Martin G. Weinberg, a criminal defense attorney who has been following the case.
Rules of evidence make it very hard for prosecutors to bring in allegations from one trial to prove the allegations in another, he said.
“There is a very high bar that discourages the addition of that kind of evidence,” Weinberg said.

“And for good reason: because a citizen charged with one crime should not have to defend against two.” Read more

Hernandez had CTE; lawsuit against NFL, Patriots filed

By Danny McDonald, Felice J. Freyer and Bob Hohler | GLOBE STAFF | September 21, 2017

Martin G. Weinberg, an experienced trial lawyer in Boston who is not associated with the case, said Thursday, “The medical evidence makes the inexplicable — committing a suicide right after an acquittal — understandable.” Read more

Was justice for Bella washed away?

By Nestor Ramos | GLOBE STAFF | JUNE 08, 2017

Were it not for the water, justice might have come easier for Bella Bond.

Had investigators found her in the Maxwell Street apartment where prosecutors say she died — had they seen the bruises and measured their sizes and shapes — then perhaps there would have been no deal for her mother’s tarnished testimony. … 

That left District Attorney Dan Conley’s office with three bad options, said Martin G. Weinberg, a Boston criminal defense lawyer. Read more