Case Results

Over nearly two decades, Sean Buckley has represented clients in a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation. Many of his most interesting and publicized cases have been in the criminal courts. The following list illustrates a selection of favorable outcomes in some of these past cases. As with all cases, the specific facts may bear heavily on the outcome.

Federal Health Care Fraud

Case Dismissed
Client, a physician, was accused by Federal Indictment of participating in a conspiracy to illegally bill Medicare and Medicaid for Home Health Care. Case dismissed via diversionary agreement, due to credibility problems with a Government trial witness.
Case no. 4:14-cr-194 (Southern District of Texas, 2017)

Federal Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Case Dismissed
Client was accused by Federal Indictment of distributing methamphetamine for a drug trafficking organization. Case dismissed due to insufficient evidence linking client to the Federal conspiracy.
Case no. 1:16-cr-12 (Eastern District of Texas, 2017).

Federal Harboring Aliens

Case Dismissed
Client, a nightclub owner, was accused by Federal Indictment of employing and hiding undocumented aliens at his nightclub. Case dismissed due to insufficient evidence of client’s knowledge the employees were undocumented aliens.
Case no. 4:16-cr-383 (Southern District of Texas, 2016)

Federal Income Tax Fraud

Case Dismissed
Client, an attorney, was accused by Federal Indictment of assisting clients in committing tax fraud. Case dismissed due to unconstitutional delay in trial that occurred for 9 years after indictment, prior to client’s extradition from Panama.
Case no. 4:06-cr-130 (Southern District of Texas, 2015)

Federal Money Laundering Conspiracy

Case Dismissed
Client accused by Federal Indictment of operating illegal gambling casinos and laundering the proceeds. Case dismissed via diversionary agreement.
Case no. 4:09-cr-210 (Southern District of Texas, 2010)

Drug Trafficking of 989 Kilos of Cocaine & Heroin (Dominican Republic)

Client Acquitted at Trial
Client was accused by Dominican Federal Prosecutors of using his fuel transport vessel to transport 985 kilograms (2,167 lbs.) of pure cocaine and 4 kilograms (8.8 lbs.) of pure heroin. Sean Buckley served as client’s U.S. counsel in charge of coordinating the trial defense and related diplomatic efforts in the Dominican Republic.
Case no. 249-02-2017-EPEN-00015 (Del Distrito Nacional, D.R., 2017)

Federal Tax Fraud Investigation—“Panama Papers” Scandal

Client Cleared; Investigation Closed Without Criminal Charges
Represented client, an offshore depositor under investigation by the IRS and U.S. Department of Justice for his dealings with Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca in the context of the global “Panama Papers” money laundering scandal. Client demonstrated through counsel that no offshore accounts were used to evade U.S. income taxes.
(Southern District of New York, 2017)

Federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Investigation

Client Cleared; Investigation Closed Without Criminal Charges
Represented client, an energy executive under investigation for allegedly paying bribes to Peruvian Government officials to facilitate oil and gas contracts. Client demonstrated through counsel that payments were lawful.
(Southern District of Texas, 2015)

Federal Wire Fraud Investigation

Client Cleared; Investigation Closed Without Criminal Charges
Represented client under investigation for allegedly defrauding international bulk goods purchasers through his corporation, “Golden State Holdings.” FBI investigators failed to establish that client failed to ship the goods on the occasions in question.
(Central District of California, 2013)

Federal Trade Secrets Theft Investigation

Client Cleared; Investigation Closed Without Criminal Charges
Represented client under investigation for allegedly stealing experimental mathematical algorithms from “Quantlab,” a stock trading company. FBI investigators failed to establish sufficient evidence of criminal intent.
(Southern District of Texas, 2009-2011)

Federal Video Voyeurism

Probation Granted
Client accused of recording female servicewomen undressing while working as contractor at military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Case no. 1:14-cr-74 (Northern District of Texas, 2014).

Federal Lawsuit Defending Jailed Rape Victim

Achieved Changes in State Law to Protect Witnesses
Filed federal civil lawsuit on behalf of “Jenny,” a mentally ill rape victim jailed by prosecutors to ensure her testimony against her attacker. Created national scandal causing political upheaval in Harris County and leading Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to sign a new state law (SB 291—“Jenny’s Law”) that protects witnesses from being jailed to ensure their testimony.
Case no. 4:16-cr-2133 (Southern District of Texas, 2016-2017)

Murder

Client Acquitted at Trial
Client accused of murdering man in Valero parking lot by shooting him at point blank range during an argument. Jury found client acted in self-defense.
Case no. 1250774 (Harris County, Texas, 2011)

Cocaine Possession

Client Acquitted at Trial
Client, a petroleum engineer, was accused of dealing cocaine at nightclub when police found multiple baggies of cocaine in her pants pockets. Client’s trial defense relied on the “borrowed clothing defense.” This case represents the first known success of the “borrowed clothing defense” in modern U.S. history where the drugs were found in pants the defendant was actually wearing at the time of her arrest.
Case no. 1390098 (Harris County, Texas, 2014)

Murder

Case Dismissed
Client was accused of shooting another man at an apartment complex nearly 30 years prior. The court dismissed the case due to an unconstitutional delay from the time of indictment to trial.
Case no. 489470 (Harris County, Texas)(co-counsel with Dick DeGuerin)

Felony Assault (Family Member—Choking)

Case Dismissed
Client was accused of dragging ex-husband down the hall by his shirt collar and then choking him to unconsciousness. Case dismissed due to absurdity of ex-husband’s allegations, size and weight differences between client (petite female) and ex-husband (large man), and defense evidence of ex-husband’s heavy drinking prior to the incident.
Case no. 1511775 (Harris County, Texas 2017)

Exoneration based on “Actual Innocence”

Client Exonerated and Freed from 40-year Prison Sentence
Client freed from 40-year sentence for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child based on new evidence of “Actual Innocence.” Trial witness recanted and agreed to testify that client was not the one who had sexually assaulted her years earlier.
Case no. 74,955 (Court of Criminal Appeals, 2004)

Child Abandonment

Case Dismissed
Client was accused of abandoning child in hot car while visiting restaurant. Defense established incident was accidental.
Case no. 1523192 (Harris County, Texas, 2016)

Murder

Mistrial (Hung Jury), then Case Dismissed
Client was accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend; client had a clear motive, and CSI investigators found client’s DNA mixed with the victim’s blood next to the victim’s body. Case defended based on the “alternate perpetrator” theory and evidence casting doubt on the relevance of the DNA evidence.
Case no. 1293827 (Harris County, Texas)(co-counsel with Dick DeGuerin)

Possession of Controlled Substance (LSD)

Case Dismissed
Client, a student at Memorial High School, accused of possessing and selling LSD to fellow students. Case dismissed via diversionary agreement.
Case no. 1491099 (Harris County, Texas)

Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity

Case Dismissed
Client accused of operating an illegal gambling establishment. Case dismissed based on insufficient evidence connecting client to the illegal gambling taking place within his establishment.
Case no. 1429527 (Harris County, Texas 2014)

Sexual Assault of a Child

Case Dismissed
Client accused of sexually assaulting minor female. Case dismissed based on factual inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s story, along with evidence of a motive for the alleged victim to fabricate the accusation.
Case no. 1275650 (Harris County, Texas 2010)

Theft / Embezzlement from Houston Police Officers Union

First Degree Felony Dismissed, Plea Agreement for Misdemeanor “time served”
Client, the former Treasurer of the Houston Police Officers Union, was accused of embezzling nearly $600,000 from HPOU. Defense evidence suggested widespread misconduct between HPOU leadership and several prominent public officials; prosecutors agreed to settle the case quietly to avoid a circus at trial.
Case no. 1261106 (Harris County, Texas 2011)

Theft of Wildlife Resource (Alligator)

Case Dismissed
Client was accused of killing and “stealing” giant alligator, a tourist attraction, from Armand Bayou Nature Preserve. Defense evidence showed the alligator was in a public waterway at the time of its capture.
Case no. 1615728 (Harris County, Texas 2009)

Assault (Family Violence)

Acquittal at Trial
Client was accused of pushing and kicking ex-wife during argument, leaving bruises. Jury agreed with client’s explanation that he acted in self-defense.
Case no. 1786891 (Harris County, Texas 2012)

Assault (Family Violence)

Acquittal at Trial
Client accused of beating his ex-wife, confining her to the home, and preventing her from using her phone over an extended period of time. Jury agreed with client’s defense that the ex-wife was lying and had a motive to fabricate the allegations as a pretense to obtain a divorce under Islamic law.
Case no. 1969421 (Harris County, Texas 2014)

Assault (Family Violence)

Acquittal at Trial
Client allegedly spat on wife and pushed her during domestic disturbance. Jury agreed with client’s explanation that he acted in self-defense.
Case no. 1CC12324 (Montgomery County, Texas 2016)

Possession of Controlled Substance (25-life punishment range)

Evidence Suppressed and Case Dismissed
Client, with extensive criminal history, was accused of possessing illegal pills and indicted as habitual offender (25-life). The Court suppressed the evidence due to an illegal police search of the client’s vehicle, where the drugs were found.
Case no. 1171947 (Harris County, Texas)(co-counsel with Dick DeGuerin)

Possession of Controlled Substance in Correctional Facility

Case Dismissed
Client, a jail inmate with extensive criminal history, was accused of possessing various drugs in the Harris County Jail and indicted as habitual offender (25-life). Case dismissed based on insufficient evidence connecting the drugs to client.
Case nos. 1052387 & 1052388 (Harris County, Texas)