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James Farmer Wins First-Degree Murder Case
James F. Farmer and James E. Farmer represented Mr. Darnell Proctor, age 22, who was facing life imprisonment for charges including one count of 1st-degree murder, three counts of 2nd -degree attempted murder, along with a string of other felonies in connection with an alleged murder of an individual in Charles County.
The first step Mr. Farmer took was to hire a top-flight crime scene and homicide investigator to review all of the police actions taken from the time that they arrived at the scene of the crime until the investigation was complete. Mr. Farmer's expert indicated that there were numerous mistakes made by police during the investigation, and that many ballistic tests were not properly accomplished.
The State asked for Mr. Proctor to plea to 1st degree murder and a fifty year sentence - an offer that was immediately refused. As the case proceeded towards trial, the firm contacted all witnesses that were at or near the scene of the crime. Although Mr. Proctor had bought a rifle, which was the same caliber as what was used in the shooting, the firm prepared a convincing Motion to Suppress the purchase of this rifle at trial.
A few days before the trial was set to begin, a Court Hearing was set as a result of Motions filed by Mr. Farmer, to cause the State to produce additional evidence which had not been provided to the Defendant. After the Judge denied a State's Motion, a plea of manslaughter was finally agreed upon by the State and Mr. Proctor. The plea agreement dismissed all other charges, and Mr. Proctor would serve a period of seven years in jail with along with a violation of probation from a previous drug case, to run concurrent with those seven years. Thus, Mr. Proctor had been in jail for almost a year and with all probability would be at home within three years of his sentencing. Two co-defendants were charged as accessories after-the-fact, however, in accordance with the plea agreement, their cases were dropped by the State.
Mr. Proctor's family and friends were delighted at the results and indicated that the representation by James F. Farmer and James E. Farmer was outstanding.
"Plea in manslaughter case garners 7 years for shooter" - Wednesday, February 23, 2011 "Fugitive held without bail in rifle killing" - Friday, May 21, 2010
"Murder suspects nabbed in Va.- Accused shooter and his alleged accomplice caught" - Friday, April 30, 2010
"Police find victim of gunshot in road; Investigators probe homicide in Charlotte Hall" - Friday, April 16, 2010
James F. Farmer, P.A. Represents Juvenile Bomb Maker
James F. Farmer, P.A. represented a juvenile in connection with igniting an explosive device, at approximately 11:54 a.m. on September 6, 2010. The device was made by a juvenile who was interested in the occurrence of a chemical reaction once certain chemicals and materials were combined. The home-made bomb was exploded and the case was investigated by the Office of the Fire Marshall and the Calvert County Sheriff's Department.
Mr. Farmer's client faced felony charges for manufacturing an explosive device and possession and distribution of a destructive device, in addition to other charges. Mr. Farmer was able to have the juvenile put on a short period of house arrest followed by probation.
"Boys confess to exploding device" - Friday, September 10, 2010
Prosecutor Gets a Lawyer for Girls in Lawsuit
Two teenage girls and their mother face charges in a lawsuit, which was filed by an acquitted suspect in a rape case. When they arrived to court, the girl's mother had not sought representation by an attorney for the girls, and a prosecutor from the St. Mary's County State's Attorney's Office intervened. He went to his office, along with several other individuals, and telephoned Mr. James F. Farmer, who agreed to take the case. The State's Attorney indicated that he had wanted to see the girls get a top-flight lawyer, thus he had Mr. Farmer represent the girls pro-bono. The case is still ongoing and Mr. Farmer believes that the charges will eventually be dismissed. He is also filing counter-claims against the alleged victim and his attorney's for legal fees and costs.
"Prosecutor gets a lawyer for girls in lawsuit- Acquitted rape suspect pursues civil claims against his accusers" - Friday, March 11, 2011
"Attempted murder charges dropped"
(The Enterprise, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008).
Two charges of attempted first-degree murder were dismissed by St. Mary's County prosecutors. Defense Attorney James F. Farmer, Esquire, discusses his representation of Michael D. Redman, 34, for charges that Mr. Redman attempted to hire an individual who was incarcerated to kill his wife. Detectives had taped three conversations between Mr. Redman and the alleged hit man. Mr. Farmer was able to convince prosecutors that, under the statute, the evidence was not sufficient to convict Mr. Redman beyond a reasonable doubt. Mr. Farmer also arranged a psychological evaluation of Mr. Redman which indicated that he was not the type of individual who would commit such an act. Based on that evidence, the State's Attorney agreed to dismiss the charges and the charges will be able to be expunged on behalf of Mr. Redman.
Record Judgment Awarded in St. Mary's County
Record Judgment in the amount of $1,250,000.00 received by Claimant. The law office of James F. Farmer, P.A. were involved in a record settlement stemming from an automobile accident in St. Mary's County. James F. Farmer, Esquire, was able to negotiate a 1.25 million dollar settlement for a 23 year old woman who was seriously injured. Mr. Farmer, upon taking the case on, knew that the Defendant owned a waterfront farm in an adjoining county and pursuant to the law in Maryland regarding fraudulent transfers, he filed suit immediately. The insurance policy which covered the Defendant was $500,000.00 and the insurance company made an offer for a full and final settlement of $500,000.00 to Mr. Farmer and his client. Mr. Farmer flatly rejected the offer, proceeded to have the farm appraised and was able to receive an additional $750,000.00 from the Defendant personally in order to compensate his client for the accident. Part of the ongoing preparation by Mr. Farmer's law firm was an Economist preparing future lost wages for his client since she had to change career fields and the medical testimony of a large amount of future medical bills which would be required to bring his accident back to her pre-accident state. To the best of any recollection and review of the court records, there has never been such a large settlement in this county, nor has any Plaintiff ever received such a large sum of money.
The settlement is discussed in the article, Failing Economy Slows Settlement from 2007 Crash ( The Enterprise, Friday, Feb 27, 2009). This was the third time in the last eighteen months that Mr. Farmer had received a significant amount of money from a Defendant by pursuing a Defendant's assets beyond the insurance policy limits.
The following cases were prevalent news stories in the Southern Maryland community:
State v. Bush
Mr. D. Bush faced approximately 50 years in jail with a mandatory minimum sentence. James F. Farmer, in plea talks with the prosecutor, was able to point out several technical problems with the State's case. As a result of Mr. Farmer's legal work, Mr. Bush walked out of court with only a minimal fine. Under normal circumstances, Mr. Bush would have suffered a significant period of incarceration.
State v. Darus
Mr. D. Darus faced numerous charges after allegedly striking a police office and fleeing on foot. He had an extremely bad criminal history. This "Copper Bopper" was represented by James F. Farmer, who was able to get most of the charges thrown out. The case was resolved with Mr. Darus having to pay a mere $200 fine; most of the charges were dismissed because of Mr. Farmer's hard work and expertise.
"I didn't believe that Mr. Farmer could get the results that he did," said Darus at the conclusion of his case. "I am eternally grateful."
James F. Farmer represented a juvenile who was accused of writing a "hit list," in which he threatened to kill teachers, members of the school faculty and other students. When Mr. Farmer was retained by the youth's family, the school administration had already suspended him and was in the process of trying to expel this student from the county school system. Mr. Farmer was able to convince the school administration that this case did not warrant such a dire consequence for this particular young man. As a result of his efforts, the school decide not to expel this student.
This juvenile will now be able to apply and be accepted into colleges without the stigma of an expulsion on his record. Needless to say, his parents were extremely impressed with the results and extremely grateful for Mr. Farmer's hard work.