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Client charged with Murder Released on House Arrest.

Article:
St. Mary's overdose murder suspect released to house.
(The Enterprise, September, 15 2017)


22 Year Old Charles County Man Found Not Guilty of Rape and Sexual Offense

Articles:
Rape Trial Ends With Not Guilty Verdict
(The Baynet, December 18, 2015)

Newburg Man Not Guilty In February Rape
(Maryland Independent, December 18, 2015)


Farmer Prevents Conviction for Waldorf Man Who Tweeted 'Kill All White People in La Plata'

Article:
Man gets probation for 'Kill all white people' tweet.
(WUSA9, April 12, 2016)


James E. Farmer retained to defend Murder charges stemming from the shooting on May 20, 2015, at a McDonald's in Waldorf.

Articles:
Details emerge in Waldorf, Md., shooting involving off-duty officer
(WTOP, May 30, 2015)

Police officer charged in Waldorf McDonald's homicide ID'd


Accidental Shooting Charges Not Prosecuted Due to the Efforts of James F. Farmer

Orlando B. was charged with 1st Degree Murder for shooting his wife, who ultimately died after complications in the hospital. James F. Farmer represented him and engaged in a long legal battle with the State. The case involved a very complex medical situation and a debate over the ultimate cause of death. Mr. Farmer was finally able to convince the State's Attorney that Orlando did not intend to kill, and saved him a likely lifetime jail sentence.


Farmer Gains a Victory For Redskin Player Charged with DUI -- Westbrook Acquitted of DUI Charges

Articles:
"Redskin player acquitted of DUI"
(SoMd News, August 22, 2011)

"Westbrook Acquitted of DUI, other charges"
(The Washington Post, June 28, 2010)


"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, 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, which Mr. Redman will be able to expunge.


James E. Farmer, P.A., Represents Juvenile Bomb Maker

James E. Farmer, P.A., represented a juvenile in connection with igniting an explosive device just before midnight on Sept. 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 homemade 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.

Articles:
Calvert Recorder
"Boys confess to exploding device" — Friday, Sept. 10, 2010


Prosecutor Gets a Lawyer for Girls in Lawsuit — This is a First

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 attorneys for legal fees and costs.

Articles:
The Enterprise
"Prosecutor gets a lawyer for girls in lawsuit- Acquitted rape suspect pursues civil claims against his accusers" — Friday, March 11, 2011


Record Judgment Awarded in St. Mary's County

Record Judgment in the amount of $1.25 million received by Claimant. The law office of James E. Farmer, P.A., was 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 settlement for a 23-year-old woman who was seriously injured. Mr. Farmer, upon taking the case, 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 that covered the Defendant was $500,000 and the insurance company made an offer for a full and final settlement of $500,000 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 from the Defendant personally in order to compensate his client for the accident. Part of the ongoing preparation by James E. Farmer, P.A., was having an economist calculate future lost wages for the client since she had to change career fields. The medical testimony also demonstrated a large amount of future medical bills for required care to bring her 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 damages for the client are 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 James E. Farmer, P.A., 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 also had an extensive criminal history. The "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."

Juvenile Case

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 decided 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.

To learn more about the law firm of James E. Farmer, P.A., contact our Waldorf, Maryland, firm by calling 301-965-0630.