Is Jared Fogle's Plea Deal Fair?

Written by Mark O'Mara on . Posted in Opinion

In July, authorities raided Jared Fogle's home and confiscated electronic equipment -- part of a broader investigation into the case of Russell Taylor, who had been executive director of the Jared Foundation, and was arrested for child pornography in May.

At the time, federal authorities made it clear that Fogle was not under investigation. Clearly, that position changed.

According to U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler, Fogle has been involved in a "five-year criminal scheme to exploit children." The famed former Subway pitchman is expected to plead guilty to child pornography charges and crossing state lines to pay for sex with minors. As part of his plea deal, Fogle will likely serve between five and 12½ years in prison.

If you think this sentence range seems light, you would be right, especially when you consider there are people serving life sentences for less egregious drug crimes.

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Masters of Advocacy Seminar in Orlando

Written by Mark O'Mara on . Posted in Education

I’ve teamed up with legal training superstar Adriana Linares to launch the Masters of Advocacy program. I founded the program to create a forum where well known attorneys, veteran trial lawyers, young lawyers and law students can share ideas about the pursuit of justice and the art of trying cases. On July 27, we held our first seminar: Dynamic Voir Dire and Jury Investigations. We had a great participation, including many assistant public defenders from the 7th and 18th circuits.

We’re currently building our fall schedule, and we may have an event near you soon.

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What is Justice for Sam DuBose?

Written by Mark O'Mara on . Posted in Advocacy

I sat down with reporter Amy Green from WMFE, our local NPR affiliate, to talk about the Sam DuBose Case. Amy referenced my recent CNN op-ed entitled “What Is Real Justice for Eric Garner?”, and she asked me what justice for Sam DuBose would look like. Sam’s family wants to make sure his memory is dignified, and that will only happen if Sam is one of the catalysts for fixing the criminal justice system -- particularly reforming how law enforcement officers interact with black men.

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From Zimmerman to DuBose

Written by Mark O'Mara on . Posted in Advocacy

I appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes as an advocate for the DuBose family. Chris, like many others, pointed out the apparent dichotomy between my representation of George Zimmerman and my current representation of Sam DuBose’s family. The truth is that criminal defense attorneys are also civil rights attorneys. For 32 years, I’ve been representing citizens accused in the criminal justice system, and I know firsthand that minorities, and black men especially, are disproportionately represented. Whether the facts supported it or not, the Zimmerman case launched a social movement that has raised the national awareness of racial inequity in our justice system. Chris asks me if I had it to do over again, would I still have taken the Zimmerman case, and I say “absolutely.” I cannot deny that it has given me the opportunity to take other cases like Sam DuBose, Mathew Ajibade, and Sean Grant, and it has given me the opportunity to speak out against an injustice that I’ve been fighting my entire career.

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