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Notable Criminal Cases

Represented former stockbroker in which indictment was dismissed.

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NYPD Officer found Not Guilty of Rape and Burglary
Won acquittal of NYPD officer on rape and burglary charges after a highly-publicized, two-month trial in which a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted while intoxicated. After a four-hour defense summation, the jury rendered its decision, described by the New York Post as “one of the most shocking verdicts in the city’s history.”
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Represented State Senator cleared of felony assault
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Criminal charges dropped against Staten Island doctor accused in a Medicare fraud
“[The defendant] was completely innocent,” said attorneyJoseph Tacopina. “The U.S. attorney’s office doesn’t dismiss a case after indictment unless they’re convinced of an individual’s innocence.”
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Former South Carolina Football Player, Vic Hampton, cleared of all wrongdoing in Nightclub Incident
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Jets Linebacker charged in Randolph Town Court
Through high-powered New York City attorney Joseph Tacopina, jets linebacker seeks probation.
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Mistrial Declared in Ex-Millennium Manager’s Fraud Case
Ex-Millennium Global Investments Ltd. portfolio manager was indicted on securities fraud charges following his arrest for allegedly participating in a scheme involving Nigerian sovereign debt. Jurors failed to reach a verdict. Read Article (pdf)

Tacopina’s client is cleared in scuffle with Prince of Monaco
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Taryn Manning Skates in Makeup Artist Attack Case
Actress Taryn Manning just dodged a bullet … the criminal case against her for allegedly beating down her makeup artist has been dismissed — with one small string attached. Read TMZ Article

Tacopina represents Missouri parents of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin
New York criminal defense lawyer Tacopina defends Lisa’s parents Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin in the media maintaining that they were not involved in the disappearance of their daughter. Read Article (pdf)

Joe Tacopina and private investigator Bill Stanton discuss the family’s search on Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos. [media_suite_shadowbox id=tlrhjl1t height=403 width=640 title=” content=’Video’]

Melanie McGuire
Beloved fertility nurse accused of murdering and dismembering her husband. Read Article (pdf), Read Article (pdf), Read Article (pdf)

Michael Jackson
As part of Jackson’s defense camp, Mr. Tacopina represented the pop singer’s closest associate in a controversial child molestation case. The Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office dropped all related charges of kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child against our client. Read Article (pdf)

Abner Louima
Procured acquittal after trial of Police Officer Thomas Wiese, one of four officers charged in Brooklyn Federal Court with infamous precinct house torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in August of 1997. Read Article (pdf)

Lillo Brancato
Procured acquittal on felony murder charges after trial of famed actor Lillo Brancato, who had appearances in HBO’s “The Sopranos” and the movie “A Bronx Tale”. Read Article

Representing famed actor with appearances in HBO’s “The Sopranos” and the movie “A Bronx Tale” charged with felony murder. Read Article (pdf)

van der Sloot
Successfully represented Dutch teen, Joran van der Sloot, and his father, Paulus van der Sloot, in litigation surrounding the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Read Article (pdf), Read Article (pdf), Read Fox Interview, Read Article (pdf)

Woman gets probation for fraud conspiracy with Supreme Court Judge
Procured the reinstatement of a California college student who was forced off her track team for working as an exotic dancer on the eve of commencing a Federal lawsuit asserting that the school had violated her constitutionally guaranteed right to self-expression. Read Article (pdf)

Teen Charged with Manslaughter
Brooklyn Teenager Faces Unprecedented Charge of Manslaughter in Death of 17-Year-Old in Jetski collision. Read Article, Read Article (jpg),Read Article (pdf)

NY Post Page Six Scandal
Represented NYPost writer Jared Paul Stern. Read Article (pdf), Read Article (pdf)

Georgio Chinaglia
Representing soccer legend in a complex extradition proceeding regarding stock fraud investigation. Read Article (pdf)

Kodak Bribery Scandal
Represented highly regarded land assessor charged in a wide-ranging bribery and money laundering conspiracy against the film conglomerate.
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Sticky Fingaz
Famed rapper cleared of gun charges. Read Article (pdf)

Mouseketeer Charged with Securities Fraud
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Sex Charges Dropped Against Karate Instructor
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Infamous Body Snatchers Case
Represented technician accused in high profile indictment.
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NYC Councilman Charged with Receiving a Bribe
Represented City Councilman charged in Federal bribery scandal for demanding $50,000 in cash and three apartment buildings at $1.5 million below their market value in exchange for his support of a Fairway supermarket in Redhook, Brooklyn. Read Article (pdf)

Salvador Dali Theft
Represented assistant deputy warden in surreal case of four Rikers Island guards charged with staging a fire drill in order to steal a work of art that had been donated to the prison by renowned artist Salvador Dali. Despite claim that our client masterminded the theft, we obtained the only “not guilty” verdict in the case. Read Article (pdf)

Brooklyn Judge Indicted
Represented Supreme Court Justice indicted on corruption charges of accepting gifts and money for preferential treatment in divorce and child custody cases. Read Article p.1, p.2 (pdf)

Parmalat – Corporate Fraud
Represented executives in world-wide criminal investigation of fraud by Italian conglomerate through a New Jersey branch of our legal practice.

Gym Teacher Sex Abuse
After emotionally charged trial, obtained complete acquittal for Long Island elementary school gym teacher accused of sexually abusing nine female students between the ages of 6 and 8 by proving that illicit conduct never occurred. As with famed McMartin Preschool case, the trial and verdict received national attention. Read Article (pdf)

Lexington Capital Securities Fraud
Secured freedom of licensed broker charged with violating Federal securities laws by participating in massive “pump-and-dump” scheme that defrauded thousands of investors out of millions of dollars.

First United Securities
Represented licensed broker charged in notorious $50 million securities fraud “pump-and-dump” scheme. According to the indictment, the group laundered its profits in overseas bank accounts and paid a cut to organized crime, prompting New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to declare, “This is real life imitating art – it’s a combination of The Sopranos and Boiler Room.” Read Article (pdf)

Doctors Cleared of Insurance Fraud
Obtained dismissals for physicians accused of participating in intricate insurance fraud ring after joint investigation by Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the State Police, and the Attorney General’s Office. Read Article (pdf)

Police Lieutenant Charged with RICO
Represented highly decorated Schenectady Police Lieutenant, who was charged in connection with an FBI probe into corruption on the city’s police force. Federal prosecutors accused officers of shaking down drug dealers and paying informants with crack cocaine. Read Article p.1, p.2 (pdf)

Police Officer Charged With Civil Rights Violations (Morgue Boys Case)
Successfully defended a police officer on trial in the sensational “Morgue Boys” case, in which night-shift officers at a Brooklyn precinct were charged with ripping off drug dealers and meeting at an old morgue to divvy up the proceeds. Read Article (pdf)

Staten Island Police Sergeant Cleared of Rape
Thwarted indictment and further criminal prosecution of a police sergeant under investigation for allegations of rape. Read Article (pdf)

Lawyer Accused of Theft
Represented prominent real estate attorney accused of stealing from clients’ escrow accounts to subsidize his stripper fetish. Read Article

S.G. Cowen
Former managing director at international securities firm charged with insider trading for selling short shares of stock. Read Article (pdf)