Reported Cases, Recent Publicity, and Appellate News
- July 11th, 2014 – The Brogden Law Firm, LLC were retained by Defendant, James Hunter Jackson, after being charged with “Murder” in Dale County on the 4th of July, 2014. State of Alabama vs. James Hunter Jackson. Before the Brogden Law Firm were retained, the District Court set Mr. Jackson’s bond at $200,000.00. However, after more than an hour of testimony at the first bond reduction hearing with Jason R. Brogden representing Mr. Jackson on July 10th, 204; the District Court issued a written ORDER reducing the bond by $125,000.00, to a total of $75,000.00, the following day.
- JUNE 28th, 2013 – “STAND YOUR GROUND” DEFENSE WORKS IN FAVOR OF CLIENT:
- STATE V. MICKEY L. JORDAN. Jason R. Brogden and Robert H. Brogden successfully defended and received a “NOT GUILTY” verdict from local jury after a 3 day “shooting into occupied vehicle” felony indictment. The 2006 amendment to the Self-Defense statute, the “STAND YOUR GROUND” provision, was the key to the successful jury trial for the Brogden’s in Geneva County Circuit Court.
- http://www.dothanfirst.com/story/enterprise-man-found-not-guilty-under-stand-your-ground-law/d/story/cx7p-ENoWEm0OcLhMzGEfg (video interview with JRB)
- http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/crime_court/article_015b4564-e026-11e2-97e3-001a4bcf6878/ & http://www.oppnewsonline.com/68493/1964/jordan-found-not-guilty-in-shooting-trial & http://blog.al.com/montgomery/2013/06/enterprise_man_used_stand_your/
- HON. JASON R. BROGDEN, ESQ. QUOTED IN THE ‘NEW YORK TIMES’ – 2013:
“HOSTAGE STANDOFF IN MIDLAND CITY ENDS WITH GUNMAN DEAD AND CHILD SAVED”
Mr. Jason R. Brogden, Esq., city attorney and municipal prosecutor for the town of Midland City was interviewed by the New York Times and quoted regarding the horrific and eventually heroic hostage situation in the town he represent. *See http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/us/boy-is-safe-after-alabama-hostage-standoff/?_r=0
- I) FEBRUARY 2013 – PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS GRANTED BY THE CIVIL COURT OF APPEALS! A local Circuit Judge was ordered to vacate an unfavorable ruling issued against the Brogden Law Firm’s client after the Civil Court of Appeals reviewed the trial court’s ruling (against Mr. Brogden’s client). In other words, the Appellate court in Montgomery ordered a local court to VACATE its prior ruling in connection with a very high profile, complex, and hotly contested civil matter.
- II) DECEMBER 2012 – FEDERAL LAW SUIT DISMISSED! The Brogden Law Firm wins another big law suit! Specifically, Mr. Brogden’s MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT GRANTED in connection with a Federal civil case! Brogden Law Firm wins complex federal dispute in hotly contested lawsuit filed against Mr. Brogden’s client(s), the Geneva County Personnel Board. The motion for summary judgment was granted and therefore the Plaintiff’ case against the Board was dismissed by the Federal Court Judge! No appeal was filed, and Mr. Brogden’s client’s case was successfully defended.
- III) AUGUST 2012 – STATE V. C.L. ALL CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED! Jason R. Brogden, Esq. convinced the trial Judge to dismiss the felony charges for lack of evidence (before the trial ended)! The client was charged with ‘Impersonating a Police Officer (US Marshall), a class C felony, in Dale County, Alabama. At the final trial, ALL (felony) charges are dismissed by presiding Circuit Judge at conclusion of Prosecutor’s case in chief! The trial Judge granted Mr. Brogden’s ‘Motion for a Direct Verdict’ after cross examination of the arresting officer concluded. Defendant free to go!
- IV) MARCH 2012 – STATE v. WILMONT , Local man found NOT GUILTY by a jury of his peers in a Houston County, Alabama Circuit Court room after less than one-half hour of jury deliberations. Mr. Wilmont was wrongfully accused of stealing approximately $50,000.00 and endured an exhausting and tough jury trial. However, in the end justice prevailed and Mr. Brogden’s client was acquitted on ALL charges by unanimous vote! (see: http://www2.dothaneagle.com/news/2012/mar/20/dothan-man-acquitted-50000-theft-case-ar-3445825/ )
- V) JANUARY 2012 – STATE v. WOODHAM. The Brogden Law Firn’s client found NOT guilty of reckless manslaughter as charged in the indictment issued from a Dale County Grand Jury, but the trial jury rendered a verdict finding Defendant guilty of lesser included offense of ‘vehicular homicide’. However, after Mr. Brogden presented his case at the sentencing hearing, the trial court refused to place Mr. Woodham in jail/prison, noting how close the case was to a “civil proceeding”; and simply suspended Mr. Woodham’s sentence for unsupervised probation. http://www2.dothaneagle.com/news/2011/jan/14/midland-city-man-charged-manslaughter-traffic-deat-ar-1343587/ & http://www2.dothaneagle.com/news/2012/mar/01/man-convicted-vehicular-homicide-wants-new-trial-ar-3331884/ )
- VI) OCTOBER 2011 – STATE v. WINDHAM. Mr. Brogden’s client INDICTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER was totally ACQUITTED! The Circuit Court of Geneva County, Alabama Kenneth W. Quattlebaum grants Jason R. Brogden, Esq.’s oral “motion for a judgment of acquittal” (i.e., Directed Verdict) after two full (2) days of testimony and evidence during the ‘Wes Windham manslaughter trial’. In other words, Jason argued and subsequently convinced the trial Judge to simply dismiss ALL charges due to lack of evidence AFTER two (2) days of testimony and evidence was put before the jury the Prosecutors! Jason R. Brogden’s client, Wes Windham, found NOT GUILTY of manslaughter indictment and NOT GUILTY of the lesser included offense of criminally negligent homicide. Another prime example of Jason R. Brogden and Robert H. Brogden, Esq. defending those charged with a violent crime, but during or after the trial their clients have been found to have reasonably defended themselves in self defense! ( see – http://www2.dothaneagle.com/news/2011/oct/05/hartford-man-charged-death-correctional-officer-ac-ar-2511228/ )
- VI) SEPTEMBER 2011 – STATE v. COOK. Jason R. Brogden, Esq. and Robert H. Brogden, Esq. successfully defend charges of MURDER levied against local man, Joshua Cook. Brogden Law Firm wins four (4) and one-half (1/2) long Joshua Cook MURDER Trial (STATE of ALABAMA V. JOSHUA COOK). Dale County, AL Circuit Court (September 16, 2010) – (See: http://www.wtvy.com/home/headlines/103095864/** & http://www2.dothaneagle.com/news/2010/sep/16/midland-city-man-not-guilty-shooting-death-cousin-ar-838284/ Mr. Brogden’s client faced a class A felony conviction carrying the possibility of LIFE in prison, but was acquitted by a jury of his peers after 4 1/2 days of grueling testimony and evidence in the Circuit Court of Dale County, Alabama. Mr. Cook was charged with wrongfully discharging his fire arm in the front yard of his home, but consistently contended he acted in self defense of he and his 3 year old son when the alleged victim drove to his home, approached Mr. Cook as he attempted to get his son out of his car seat, and threatened him with physical harm. However, the Jury found that Mr. Cook acted in self defense and was justified in using deadly physical force to defend himself.
- VI) STATE V. RILEY – Jason R. Brogden, Esq. wins first Criminal Jury Trial of 2010! Alleged sexual abuse. Jason R. Brogden, Esq.’s client acquitted on ALL criminal charges! – Mr. Brogden’s motion for a “judgment of acquittall” was granted by a Dale County Circuit Court Judge after the Prosecution rested its’ case-in-chief. In other words, Jason convinced the trial judge to dismiss the case for lack of evidence before it even was handed over to the the jury that heard evidence for 2 days!
RECENT APPELLATE NEWS:
- July 18th, 2014 – The Supreme Court for the state of Alabama issued a “NO OPINION” writ denying/quashing a high profile divorce appeal (writ of cert) on behalf of BLF client. Meaning, an opposing party to the BLF appealed the ruling in a Final Judgment of Divorce rendered by a Houston County Circuit Judge (substantially) in favor of the Brogden Law Firm’s client all the way up to the Supreme Court! The Brogden law firm submitted a 70 page brief in their defense of this appeal for the client, the Appellee/ex-spouse. As a result, on July 18th, 2014 the divorce appeal is finally over! Another successful appeal for a client.
- (2013) FEBRUARY – PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS GRANTED! In connection with a complex and hotly contested domestic relations matter, Mr. Brogden’s client previously received an unfavorable post-judgment order from the trial judge. Consequently, Mr. Brogden drafted and submitted a Petition For Writ of Mandamus to the Appellate Court in Montgomery, Al which was subsequently GRANTED; thereby specifically ordering the trial court to vacate the unfavorable Order and rehear Mr. Brogden’s motion on its merits.
- April 2012, Jason R. Brogden, Esq. submits notice of appeals to the Civil Court of Appeals in regards to a divorce judgment rendered in Dale County, Alabama.
- March 2012 – Jason R. Brogden, Esq. submits a notifce of appeal to the Criminal Court of Appeals in Woodham v. State. (vehicular homicide)
- (2012) B.L.F. — Brogden Law Firm recieves judgment in favor of their client in its first 2012 appellate brief to the Civil Court of Appeals representing Appellee/Wife from Judgment of the Geneva Circuit Court (DR-10-293)! Thompson v. Thompson – judgment AFFIRMED by the Appellate court – No Opinion rendered.
- (2011)The Brogden Law Firm drafted and has submitted several more briefs to the Civil Court of appeals in 2010. The 1st was anctually a second appeal, on behalf of the Appellee, to which the Appeals court affirmed the judgment in favor of the Brogden Law Firm’s client for the second time in a row!, the Appellee. (McCullough v. McCullough)
- Two (2) additional briefs have been also submitted for clients in 2011 – Both on behalf of the Appellee. The first was also affirmed in favor of Mr. Brogden’s clients, no opinion, and the second was also affirmed in their favor, with a lengthy opinion attached.
- (2010) The Brogden Law Firm drafted and submitted a total of three (3) briefs to the Civil Court of Appeals in Montgomery, AL in 2010. The Court of Civil Appeals issued judgments ruling in favor of the B.L.F.’s clients on the first two briefs, and issued a lengthy opinion on the 3rd in favor of the Brogden Law Firm’s client! (See the Alabama Law Weekly – front page – Vol. 19, No. 39, September 24th, 2010 – “No Transcript available? Appeal Still goes on.” for more details)