WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2009) — Just 30 days prior to trial and after a prolonged five-year legal battle that threatened to distort the meaning of the First Amendment, McDermott Will & Emery LLP secured a significant victory when the Justice Department dismissed all charges on behalf of Firm client Steven J. Rosen, and Keith Weissman (represented by co-counsel Arent Fox). Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobbyists, were charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 with improperly disseminating sensitive information.
This recent dismissal came following a string of important pre-trial victories, including the right to subpoena as defense witnesses a large number of former administration officials including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. On May 1st, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Virginia moved to dismiss all charges in the case, citing the recent court rulings that would make a conviction unlikely. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia signed the order dismissing the charges on the same day.
Mr. Rosen commended the work of his counsel in securing dismissal of all charges against him and Mr. Weissman, stating that it became clear to him, throughout the pretrial process, that he "was in the hands of genius."
The McDermott team responsible for the significant resolution of this case was led by Abbe D. Lowell, a partner and head of the Firm's White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group in Washington, D.C.
McDermott Will & Emery's White-Collar Criminal Defense Group is one of the United States' largest and most accomplished. Collectively our white-collar lawyers have tried hundreds of cases in federal and state courts throughout the country.