Baltimore Firm of Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White|LLC Files Supreme Court Brief on Behalf of Leading National Victims-Rights Organization

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Baltimore law firm Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White, LLC today announced that they have filed a Supreme Court brief on behalf of a national victims rights organization. The Amicus Curiae brief was filed in order to offer an additional argument to a case that could have broad legal implications when it is decided.

The landmark case of Paroline v. United States (Supreme Court of the U.S., No. 12-8561) is the first legal challenge ever brought in the U.S. Supreme Court by a victim of crime. According to court documents, the issue in the case is whether Amy, a victim of alleged child sexual abuse whose abuse was videotaped and distributed on the Internet, is entitled to receive counseling costs from a pedophile convicted of possessing images depicting Amy’s abuse.

Led by managing partner Steve Silverman, a team of lawyers from Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White|LLC filed a brief (pursuant to Paroline v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court No. 12-8561) on behalf of Amicus Curiae Mothers Against Drunk Driving (“MADD”), the largest victim-services organization in the country. Recognizing that Paroline v. United States presents highly technical legal issues regarding victims’ ability to recover their losses from the criminals that harm them, Silverman’s team wrote in the brief, “[t]o MADD and countless organizations like it, restitution comes down to a grieving mother seeking funds to bury her 13-year-old daughter from a now-convicted impaired driver who claimed the child’s life. … Nothing could be less abstract, less clear, or less ambiguous than that.”

Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White|LLC is a national leader on crime-victim rights. Two of the firm’s lawyers, former federal child-crimes prosecutor Andrew C. White and nationally recognized victim-rights expert Steven J. Kelly, recently filed Doe v. Alter, D. Md. Civil No. MJG-13-1548, a first-of-its-kind lawsuit by child victims against more than 100 alleged pedophiles whom law enforcement found in possession of images depicting their rape and abuse. According to court documents, this represents the first suit in the country against an entire class of individuals allegedly involved in the trade of an identified collection of child pornography.

The firm was selected to represent MADD based on its long track record of successfully representing victims of drunk and impaired driving. STSW’s victim-rights practice group brings together victim-rights experts, former prosecutors, and top-notch personal-injury lawyers to pursue civil and criminal justice for crime victims and their families.

To schedule an immediate interview with Steve Silverman, call 410.385.2226 or email ssilverman@mdattorney.com.

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