Baltimore Defense Attorney Loses Bid For New Trial – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) – A prominent Baltimore defense attorney has lost a new trial on charges of laundering money for a drug syndicate.

The Baltimore Sun reported that attorney Ken Ravenell sought a new trial on the grounds that jurors were not given pre-deliberation guidance on the property. On Friday, US District Judge Liam O’Grady denied the request, writing in his ruling that the court followed all due process during Ravenell’s first hearing.

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In December, Ravenell, 61, was found guilty of money laundering, but acquitted of drug, conspiracy and fraud charges. Prosecutors allege that he helped a multi-state operation run by drug lord Richard Byrd, who was convicted in 2017 and sentenced to 26 years in prison.

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Several prominent defense attorneys have criticized the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland for the way prosecutors handled the case, accusing them of disrespecting the legal profession.

Ravenell is expected to be sentenced May 27. Prosecutors are asking for eight years in prison, while Ravenell’s attorney is seeking probation.

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