"Courts can only do so much without legislative authorization, and choose to do less because of institutional and political concerns," said Associate Attorney Benjamin Notterman, in an article analyzing the startlingly few reprieves granted to eligible, vulnerable inmates in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the Article Here.
A historical judgment for the #MeToo movement
Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma was quoted in an article about Harvey Weinstein's sentencing, and the implications of this "historial litigation." Read the Article Here.
A Case for Clemency
Margulis-Ohnuma's client Felipe Rodriguez was highlighted in a NY Times opinion piece that explores the power and need for clemency in America's justice system. Read the Article Here.
Lawsuit Alleges Male Guards at Albion Correctional & Other Facilities Routinely Sexually Abused Female Inmates
Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma and Victoria Medley were interviewed by WGRZ-2 about their new lawsuit against the NY State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Watch the Piece Here.
New York State Prison Guards Sexually Assaulted Female Inmates, Says Lawsuit
The Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma and the Law Offices of Daniel A. McGuinness P.C. sued high-ranking officials of the NY State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for permitting the sexual assault of five female inmates and covering up those assaults. Read the NY Daily News Exclusive Here.
Attorney Claims 'Insanity Defense' in Murder Trial of Ridgewood Artist
"This is a once-in-a-career case," explained Margulis-Ohnuma in closing arguments. Read About the Trial Here.
NYC man wrongfully imprisoned 27 years for savage murder of mom finally exonerated
"The chains have come off. God has taken them off and said, 'Okay, son, now you are free,'" says Marguils-Ohnuma client Felipe Rodriguez, about how it feels to be exonerated for a murder 30 years later. Read the Article Here
NYC Man Cleared in Murder Case After 27 Years Behind Bars
achary Margulis-Ohnuma, in coordination with the Innocence Project, secured the final exoneration of Felipe Rodriguez for a murder he did not commit. Read the Article Here
Brooklyn Man Cleared After 27 Years Behind Bars for Wrongful Murder Conviction
Margulis-Ohnuma's client, two years after being granted clemency, is now officially exonerated. "I will be absolutely, completely free," he said of the exoneration. Read the article here.
Age of Victim in Prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein, Long a Source of Confusion, Eased His Obligation to Register as a Sex Offender
The Washington Post quoted sex crimes attorney Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma about the high-profile Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case. Read article here.
Family of Bronx Man Shot by Police Sue for Wrongful Death
The Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma and the Law Offices of Daniel A. McGuinness P.C. filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of Miguel Antonio Richards after he was shot and killed on video by police in September 2017. Read article here.
Prison Used Inmate as Bait to Catch Perv, Then Punished Her
After being used unwittingly as bait to catch a predatory corrections officer, a female inmate refused to cooperate with prison investigators. So they put her in solitary confinement, then guards retaliated against her once she finally spoke up. Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma and Daniel McGuinness are suing corrections officials for the physical, mental, and psychological trauma she sustained. Read article here.
Sex Offender Pilot Gets Light Sentence in Kiddie Porn Case
Margulis-Ohnuma client was sentenced to six months in jail after a trial on child pornography charges. Read article here.
FBI Drops all Charges in Child Porn Case to Keep Sketchy Spying Methods Secret
"There's a sense in the courts that criminal hacking is not serious. That's death wrong," said Margulis-Ohnma, weighing in on the information obtained by the FBI by use of malware on the dark web. Read article here.
Father and Son to be Reunited After Cuomo Commutes Sentence After 27 Years
ABC News profiled Margulis-Ohnuma client Felipe Rodriguez after Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted him executive clemency. Read article here.
Cuomo's Commitment to Clemency Tested in 3 Murder Cases
Petitions for clemency on behalf of three men convicted of murder, including a Margulis-Ohnuma client, highlight the difficulty of Gov. Cuomo's clemency push. Read the Article Here.
NYPD cop who shot man in the head didn't use excessive force - jury
A jury ruled a police officer's fifth bullet in the back of the head was justified and not excessive force. Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma said that the jury "got it wrong on the facts" and plans to appeal. Read the Article Here.
Cop's excessive force trial hinges on single bullet
Judge Katherine Forrest ruled that the first four bullets which struck Mauricio Jaquez were justified, in the police shooting that resulted in Jaquez' death. The case hinges on the fifth and final bullet, which was shot into the back of Jaquez' head as he lay on the floor. Read the Article Here.
NYPD cop crossed line with fifth bullet shot at mentally deranged man: lawyer
Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma argues that the NYPD showed a "reckless disregard" for civil rights when Sergeant Flores shot a bleeding and immobilized Mauricio Jaquez in the back of the head. Read the Article Here.
Brooklyn judge nixes iPhone evidence in heroin case because authorities unlawfully used passcode
After an illegal search, a Brooklyn judge will not allow evidence obtained from an iPhone belonging to a Margulis-Ohuma client in an impending case. Read the Article Here.
Trafficking in Terror
Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma's case was profiled in a New Yorker article debunking the false connection between Al Qaeda and Saharan drug trafficking. Read the Article Here.
Judge Holds Officers' Actions in Fatal Shooting Immune, Except for Final Bullet
Sgt. William Flores must stand trial to determine whether the final bullet he shot at Mauricio Jaquez in 2009 was "reasonable." Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma, who represents Jaquez's estate in the civil case against Flores, says the family is looking forward to their day in court. Read the Article Here.
Man Jailed in '92 Killings and Later Cleared Sues New York City
Margulis-Ohnuma files a lawsuit against the city of New York on behalf of client Antonio Yarbough. Yarbough was exonerated and released after being wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 22 years. Read the Article Here.
EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn man who wrongfully spent 21 years in prison for triple homicide receives $3.6 million from state
"He won't have to worry about money for quite a long time," Margulis-Ohnuma told The Daily News, indicating that the financial security would allow his client to take a separate federal lawsuit against the city and the NYPD all the way to trial. Read the Article Here.
Wrongfully jailed for murder, Tony Yarbough finally has gravestone for mom, sister
Client Antonio Yarbough expressed his gratitude to an anonymous donor, who provided a gravestone for Yarbough's mother and sister in a previously unmarked grave. Yarbough, who was falsely convicted of slaughtering his family in 1992 and was recently exonerated, had hoped to purchase a gravestone once he secured employment. Read the Article Here.
Unit Confronts 'Staggering' Conviction Review Caseload
Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma praises the new Brooklyn District Attorney's "remarkable flushing out of a very, very bad era." Read the Article Here.
After decades in prison over murders, DNA evidence frees 2 New York men
"Anybody looking at this evidence with an open mind would see that there is no chance in the world that Tony murdered his mother and these two little girls," his lawyer Zachary Magulis-Ohnuma said. Read the Article Here.
Hamil: Tony Yarbough's Brooklyn murder conviction should be reversed
After speaking by phone to ZMOLAW client Antony Yarbough, Daily News journalist Denis Hamil came to the same conclusion Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma has: Antonio Yarbough is innocent. Read the Article Here.
Three New Yorkers plead guilty to global ATM theft
Margulis-Ohnuma client stepped up and "took responsibility" by turning over stolen funds and accepting a guilty plea for his part in what authorities are calling a "worldwide ATM withdrawal campaign." Read the Article Here.
Judge throws out charges against Brooklyn driving school operators who plead guilty to helping students cheat
Defense attorneys Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma and Michele Gelernt were successful in their argument that their clients, a husband-and-wife team, had been charged with the wrong crimes, leading to dismissal of the charges. Read the Article Here.