About John Cline
Success in a criminal case may be achieved by persuading the government not to bring charges; by obtaining dismissal of charges before trial; by securing an acquittal at trial; by obtaining a reversal on appeal; by negotiating a satisfactory resolution; or by a combination of these outcomes. Among the successful results that John and his co-counsel have achieved are the following:
  • The government terminated a major, long-running grand jury investigation in Florida without indictments after John and co-counsel filed sealed motions concerning violations of the attorney-client privilege by federal investigators.

  • John and co-counsel won reversal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit of a RICO conspiracy conviction and a 24-year sentence. Following remand, John and co-counsel negotiated a favorable resolution and obtained a sentence of time served.

  • John and co-counsel persuaded the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to reverse the fraud conviction of a commodities trader.

  • John and co-counsel won reversal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit of a money laundering conspiracy conviction and a 20-year sentence.

  • The government dismissed charges against a building contractor in New Mexico after John demonstrated to federal prosecutors that his client had not prepared the critical documents in the case.

  • John and co-counsel obtained the acquittal at trial of a prominent Chicago consultant on honest services fraud and other charges.

  • John obtained the acquittal at trial in federal court in New Mexico of a tribal leader charged with fraud and other offenses.

  • John and co-counsel convinced federal prosecutors not to charge a law firm in California based on alleged improper investigative techniques by an investigator the firm had used.

  • A man convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in New Mexico obtained federal habeas corpus relief and a plea agreement to time served after John and co-counsel established that the conviction was obtained through a violation of the Confrontation Clause.

  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the conviction of a lawyer for sex-related offenses based on the argument by John and co-counsel that the statute did not apply to the lawyer's alleged conduct.

  • After months of aggressive pretrial litigation involving classified information and other issues, John and co-counsel negotiated a favorable resolution for a government scientist charged in federal court with mishandling restricted data concerning nuclear weapons and other offenses.

  • John obtained an acquittal at trial on most counts in an environmental prosecution in New Mexico. The Supreme Court of New Mexico reversed the conviction on the remaining counts.

  • John and co-counsel negotiated a favorable resolution for a former FBI agent charged in federal court in California with mishandling classified information, mail fraud, and other offenses, following lengthy pretrial litigation over classified information and other issues.

  • John obtained the reversal of a murder conviction in New Mexico based on prosecutorial misconduct. Before the retrial, John moved to bar reprosecution on double jeopardy grounds. On a pretrial appeal of the double jeopardy issue, John and co-counsel persuaded the Supreme Court of New Mexico to bar reprosecution.

  • John and co-counsel persuaded the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to reverse in part the drug-related conviction of a Maryland defendant. On remand, the defense negotiated a resolution that reduced a lengthy prison sentence to slightly more than time served.

  • John secured the reversal of the conviction of a Maryland defendant for first-degree murder and other offenses in a triple homicide. At a retrial, John and co-counsel obtained verdicts of manslaughter. On a second appeal, the defense convinced the court to reverse the manslaughter convictions. Shortly before a third trial, John and co-counsel negotiated a resolution that resulted in a sentence of slightly more than time served.