ABDUCTION & KIDNAPPING – STATE VS NEAL
In a case that received national and international media coverage, Adam represented an Akron pastor charged with Kidnapping, Felonious Assault, and Abduction. After extensive negotiations with the special prosecutors assigned to the case, and after extensive investigation by Attorney VanHo, the charges were reduced to a misdemeanor with the client receiving only a small fine and short-term probation.
ATTEMPTED EXECUTION – STATE VS BROOM
In a case that received national and international attention, Adam represented the State of Ohio in litigation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio surrounding the attempted execution of Rommell Broom. The case was covered by such media outlets as the New York Times, CNN, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), and every major newspaper in Ohio.
CHILD ABUSE – STATE VS GAUDER
In a highly-publicized case that attracted national attention, Attorney Adam VanHo represented a Coverntry Township man accused of badly burning his infant son. After conducting an extensive investigation, which determined that there was no way the client could have caused the injuries, and then threatening to proceed with the trial, Adam was able to convince prosecutors to offer his client a stipulated polygraph, which the client passed. The charges were dismissed, and the client’s co-defendant later confessed that the client had nothing to do with the child’s injuries.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – STATE VS BAILEY
Adam represented a Wayne County man accused of Domestic Violence. After interviewing a number of witnesses and demonstrating to the jury that the alleged victim’s injuries were inconsistent with her original statements to the police, Adam obtained one of the fastest defense verdicts in Wayne County. It took the jury under twenty minutes to find the client “not guilty”.
FELONIOUS ASSAULT – STATE VS HAYDEN
Attorney VanHo represented a boyfriend charged with Felonious Assault against his girlfriend. Following a detailed investigation of the case and confrontation of the State’s complaining witness, not only were all charges were dismissed against the Adam’s client, but the State’s complaining witness was charged and convicted with Perjury for her fictitious testimony before the Grand Jury.
In a case that was covered by the Akron Beacon Journal, Adam represented four students who were ruled by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OSHAA) to be ineligible to play athletics during their senior year. Following a full hearing, Attorney VanHo was able to get the students athletic eligibility reinstated and they were able to play football during their senior year at Akron’s Ellet High School.
MAJOR CHANGE TO FISHING REGULATIONS
MERLITTI ET. AL. V. OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ET. AL.- In a case that received attention throughout Ohio’s sportsfishing community, Attorney Adam VanHo filed suit against a number of defendants, including Ohio Governor John Kasich, in challenging recent changes in Ohio’s fishing regulations that limited the rights of sportsfishermen in Ohio. After negotiations, Adam was able to negotiate a preliminary injunction against enforcement of a major change to the fishing regulations., which impact over 1.2 million sportsfishermen in Ohio and Ohio’s $2 billion sportsfishing industry. The case was featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer as well as on WLW-700 (Cincinnati) and WAKR-1590 (Akron).
$4.7 MILLION VERDICT
Attorney Adam VanHo obtained a $4.7-million verdict for a Summit County family that was the victim of investment scammers. The case, which lasted over two years, involved investments in farming operating and land developments in New Mexico and Arizona. The verdict was one of the largest Plaintiff’s verdicts in Summit County thus far this year.
KIDNAPPING – STATE VS MCKENNEY
Attorney VanHo represented an individual in Cuyahoga County charged with Kidnapping, Attempted Rape, and Gross Sexual Imposition. Despite threats by the prosecutor to indict the Defendant with charges that carried a mandatory life sentence, following an extensive investigation by Attorney VanHo, the charges were reduced to one misdemeanor count with a short-term period of probation and no sexual registration requirements being imposed against the client.
MURDER CASE – STATE VS JONES
In a case that received national and international attention, Attorney Adam VanHo teamed up with the Ohio Innocence Project and the Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago to represent Dewey Amos Jones III. Jones had been convicted of the 1993 murder of a retired Goodyear worker and was sentenced to life in prison for the crime. After updated DNA testing undermined the government’s case against Jones, a Summit County judge ordered that Jones receive a new trial. Following an extensive investigation that further weakened the government’s case, prosecutors dismissed the charges against Jones weeks before the case was to proceed to the retrial.
THROWING WOMAN FROM CAR
Client Donte Prince was charged with felonious assault, assault and disrupting public services and faced over 9 years in prison if convicted. All charges against the client were dismissed. The judge also took under advisement a request from defense attorney Adam Van Ho for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate the woman, Prince’s ex-girlfriend, who reported the incident to police.
WEDDING RING SCAM
Attorney Adam VanHo obtained a $31,000 judgment for a South Carolina couple who had agreed to purchase their wedding rings through a friend at Akron-based Sterling Jewelers. When the rings were not delivered, the ‘friend’ came up with excuse-after-excuse for not returning the couple’s money. Attorney Adam VanHo then filed suit and was able to obtain a huge judgment on behalf of his clients. The case was covered in the Akron Beacon Journal.