Levi Feldman Testimonial
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Levi Feldman. I am 39 years old and have been a resident of Baltimore City for my entire life.
On July 5, 2006, I was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a handgun. As is often the case, I wasn’t guilty, but once I got into the system I was stuck with a bail that out of reach. I knew that state wasn’t going to offer me anything I was interested in, so all I could do was wait for my trial date.
Shortly thereafter, I met Brad MacFee, Sr. we discussed my case and all of the facts surrounding it. He seemed to think that the case could be won. Little did I know at the time that I would have to wait twenty months to get a trial.
So, Brad accompanied me to postponement after postponement until finally, on February 28, 2008, we were able to get a trial in front of Judge John Prevas, The Assistant State’s Attorney was Douglas Guidorizzi, on of the senior lawyers in their office. I am not sure, but all the time we got to trial I do not think that Mr. Guidorizzi had lost a case.
We picked the jury and started the trial. Brad and I worked together during the entire process. I had not had much luck in court before, so needless to say I was extremely nervous. Still, Brad was able to pick apart each of the State’s witnesses in little ways. He was able to attack their methods of investigation. He was able to attack their evidence and he was able to attack their recollection. He was also able to destroy the State’s chief witness by attacking her credibility and showing that she had a motive for lying to the police.
Finally, it was time for closing arguments. This was where Brad did something he promised me he was going to do since the first day we met. I did not know this, but on the last day of trial just before closing arguments were to begin, Brad planted a fake gun under the chair of one of the jurors. It was a women that was the foreperson. During his closing argument he explained to the jury what constructive possession meant and how when a gun is found it could have been placed in the location where it was found by anyone. He tried to explain to the jury that it was unfair to blame me for a gun that could have been placed where it was found by any of a large number of people.
Then to drive the point home Brad reached under the jurors’ chair and pulled out the gun. He turned to the deputy sitting in the courtroom and told him to arrest the juror. He said that she must be arrested because a gun had been found under her chair and since she was the closest person to it, she must have been the person that brought it into the room and put it there. I thought everyone on the jury was going to have a heart attack! Then he admitted that it had actually been him that placed the gun there, but that because of the way that constructive possession law works, it was the juror that would have to take the blame.
It seemed like a thing of beaut, but I still had my doubts. Every lawyer I had ever know had either threw me or lost at trial. After an hour or so the jury came back. We all stood up and when they said “Not Guilty” I wasn’t sure I had heard them correctly, Brad reached over, shook my hand and asked me what I wanted for dinner because he knew I was “sick of the crap they had been feeding me for the past 20 months.” It still took me 10 minutes or so before it sunk in that I was going home. Needless to say, this was one of the happier moments I can remember.
Brad and I are still in touch. We talk from time to time and he and I want to work together on some other projects at some point in the future. The unique thing about Brad is that he sees his clients as more than a dollar sign. Just because the case is over, doesn’t mean the relationship ends. He knows I am a good man with a lot of experience and much to offer younger people in the city and he wants to help with some of the things he has planned. Of course, there is little I wouldn’t do for him as well.
This has been my experience. If you’re reading this I assume it is because you have some legal issues that you are facing. I can’t tell you what to do, but I will say that if you want a guy that is real, will tell you the truth, will stick by you and who will fight like a dog for you, you need Brad MacFee, Sr. in your corner. I know I am a free man today because of him.
Best of Luck,