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Press Release

Fish Attorneys Win Not Guilty Verdict in Federal Extortion Case

June 26, 2018

Press Release

Fish Attorneys Win Not Guilty Verdict in Federal Extortion Case

June 26, 2018

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On June 12, 2018, a team of Fish & Richardson attorneys won an acquittal for client Gary DeCicco after a trial in federal court in Boston.  Mr. DeCicco had been charged with attempted extortion in violation of the Hobbs Act and faced a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.  The government alleged that between 2013 and 2015, Mr. DeCicco tried to extort the owner of a newly-opened luxury car dealership in an attempt to gain an ownership interest in the business.  After a seven-day trial, the jury reached a not guilty verdict in less than an hour and a half.  Boston principal Thomas Frongillo was lead counsel in the case, assisted by Boston principal Caroline Simons and associate Jessica Perry.  During the trial, the defense demonstrated that the government had failed to preserve critical evidence during the investigation, which resulted in the court issuing a spoliation instruction to the jury.

“We are pleased that justice was done in this case,” Frongillo said.  “Federal extortion laws are complicated.  The jury carefully examined the evidence and reached a swift and correct conclusion.”

The case is United States v. DeCicco, Case No. 1:17-cr-10092 (D. Mass.) (Gorton, J.)