Client was a former state employee hired by a private company that did
work for the State Department of Corrections under contract. Client wrote
a letter to the editor of a newspaper expressing political views about
the President of the United States that were unrelated to his job or the
State Department of Corrections. Department of Corrections' officials
had him removed from the contract and fired because of the political views
he expressed. See articles from the Columbia Daily Tribune and other papers
concerning this case. Also see U.S. District Judge Scott Wright's
ruling in this case.
Our client had one breast removed as part of her cancer treatment. She
subsequently underwent breast reconstruction surgery during which the
blood supply was lost to the tissue to be used in the reconstruction.
Our client was forced to endure another surgery for repair of her breast
and did not have the outcome she otherwise would have received but for
the negligence of her surgeon. The case was settled before filing suit.
The terms of her settlement are confidential.
Prosecutors aggressively pursue DWI cases and not all DWI cases can be
beat. Mr. Susan aggressively represents all clients to achieve the best
possible result. In this case, the client faced a difficult third DWI
case and Mr. Susan developed a strategy to avoid jail time and to get
the client help in avoiding problems with alcohol in the future. Many
counties now have programs called DWI Courts. These programs supervise
clients on probation closely with requirements such as counseling, treatment,
and drug and alcohol testing. The DWI Court programs are not easy, but
in this case Mr. Susan was able to attend his client's graduation
ceremony from DWI Court.
Acting as appointed counsel, attorneys represented clients in two Kansas
City murder cases that received heavy media attention. Clients had confessed
in each case and the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney sought the death
penalty because of the nature of the evidence. After extensive investigation,
attorneys were able to convince the juries that death was not the appropriate
punishment. See articles on the cases from the Kansas City Star.
A woman was injured when struck from behind while stopped in traffic on
Stadium Boulevard. The impact from the crash pushed her into the car in
front of her causing extensive damage to both the front and rear of her
vehicle. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
Courts in the majority of jurisdictions in Missouri do not grant Suspended
Imposition of Sentence (SIS) probation in DWI cases. In this case, Mr.
Susan's client was a foreign student in the United States on a student
Visa and a criminal conviction would endanger the student's Visa status.
Mr. Susan investigated the issues, presented evidence in court, and convinced
the judge to grant an SIS probation despite the fact that such requests
are rarely granted. The client was able to continue with a successful
Elderly patient died from decubitus ulcers resulting from negligent care
by nursing home staff. Retained experts confirmed that sub-standard care
caused the ulcers and that a lack of subsequent medical care allowed the
ulcers to become infected ultimately leading to the patient's death.
A $350,000.00 settlement was approved by the court and apportioned among
the surviving family members for their loss.
A woman was injured when a tractor-trailer in which she was riding overturned
while negotiating a turn. Her claims against the trucking company were
settled on the fourth day of trial in the City of St. Louis. The terms
of the settlement are confidential.
Law enforcement regularly stop vehicles at sobriety check points to locate
intoxicated drivers, and such check points present unique legal issues.
In this case, police officers stopped Mr. Susan's client at a check
point and reported that the client failed field sobriety and breath tests.
The federal government has standards governing the conduct of intoxication
testing (NITSA standards) by officers and Mr. Susan used his training
in such standards to convince a judge that the arrest of his client was
faulty. The case was dismissed.
Police in Columbia often target areas frequented by college students for
DWI arrests. In this case, Mr. Susan's college student client was
pulled over because police alleged the client nearly drove off the road
three times and caused an accident. The arresting officer claimed the
student failed field sobriety testing. Mr. Susan investigated the patrol
vehicle's video footage, the surface conditions where the sobriety
tests were administered, and his client's medical history before filing
a motion requesting that the judge throw the case out because law enforcement
did not have reason to arrest. HSSO has a conference room dedicated to
the complete review of DWI cases. The judge granted Mr. Susan's motion,
the case was thrown out, and the student continued as a productive college student.