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Newsweek Article

Newsweek Article

Newsweek – November 18, 2000

Bethesda Magazine Article

Bethesda Magazine Article

Bethesda Magazine – March/April 2000

The Cyanide Stalker

The Cyanide Stalker

The Washington Post – February 3, 2000

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Medical Marijuana

  • Medical Marijuana Finds a Mellow Audience in Md.
    The Washington Post – September 2, 2009
    “Two cases show how Maryland’s little-known medical marijuana law might be applied in the future and how some ill pot smokers are beginning to raise awareness of it. “It’s essential the state do more. Marijuana is critical for people with certain illnesses,” said Steven Kupferberg, a defense lawyer in one of the cases.”
  • Probation, Fines for Takoma Couple
    The Washington Post – December 15, 1999
    “The Takoma Park couple arrested after their daughter turned them in for growing marijuana were in court in Rockville, yesterday, where each was sentenced to six months’ probation, a $150 fine, and 10 days in jail, suspended.”
  • Md Parents Want Teen Tipster Back Home
    The Washington Post – September 8, 1999
    “The Takoma Park husband and wife whose teenage daughter told police about marijuana plants growing in the family’s basement want their daughter to come home, attorneys for the couple said yesterday…”


  • D.C. Reviewing DWI Charges; accuracy of breath results in doubt
    The Washington Post – March 7, 2010
    “The equipment that D.C. Police used to test for drunk drivers has given inaccurate results and District officials have begun a review of all DWI charges brought between October 2008 and February [2010] to look for questionable results, Attorney General Peter Nickles said…”

High Profile Cases

  • Why Baltimore settled this case is the $200,000 question
    The Daily Record – July 5, 2010
    “It turned out that the man the police arrested, an immigrant, had not yet arrived in this country when the crime at issue occurred, and he was able to prove it, Nilson said. But the damage had already been done to his reputation…the man’s encounter with the police became “instantly public and went viral in the person’s community,” Nilson said. The man hired a lawyer, sued, and ended up negotiating the $200,000 settlement.”
  • Attorneys: Plan shows role-playing, not attack
    The Washington Post – January 18, 2010
    “In summer 2008, just before his arrest led to claims that he was plotting to kill a presidential candidate, Bethesda teenager Collin McKenzie-Gude wrote a three-page document that, it’s safe to say, few of his peers would have produced…His attorneys said they think the document bolsters the argument they presented in court Friday: that prosecutors misrepresented the intentions of someone given to antiterrorism role-playing. “This kid has a military imagination,” lawyer Steven Kupferberg said after the hearing that day.”
  • Judge: Yevsukov must testify against McKenzie-Gude
    Montgomery County Gazette – January 7, 2010
    “Steven Kupferberg, who represents McKenzie-Gude, subpoenaed Yevsukov to cross-examine him. Kupferberg has said that Yevsukov has “dramatically” changed his story and is emotionally troubled.”
  • Teen to Plead Guilty in Bombmaking Case
    The Washington Post – September 23, 2009
    “A Bethesda teenager accused of having armor-piercing bullets, high-powered rifles and a map of Camp David in his room last summer is scheduled to plead guilty to possession of a destructive device. Federal prosecutors say that sentencing guidelines call for McKenzie-Gude to serve five to six years in prison, a punishment defense attorney Steven Kupferberg plans to contest.”
  • Four Charges Dropped Against Father in Teen Bombmaking Case
    The Washington Post – May 30, 2009
    “The father of a teen accused of making bombs and possessing a map marked with a presidential motorcade route received a term of probation after entering a plea agreement to resolve charges that he bought firearms for his son.”
  • Troubling Evidence in Bomb Inquiry
    Los Angeles Times – August 6, 2008
    “Police found a map of Camp David marked with a presidential motorcade route inside the Bethesda, Md., home of a teenager at the center of a bomb-making probe, along with a document that appears to describe how to kill someone at a distance of 200 meters, a Montgomery County, Md., prosecutor said Tuesday at a court hearing.”
  • Hanson Killers Convicted
    Washington City Paper – October 31, 2006
    “Defense attorney Steven Kupferberg groans on the phone: ‘Yea its a sad day, sad day.’ Kupferberg’s client, Marquette Ward was [earlier that day] judged guilty of killing Mario Evans, and conspiring to kill Jahkema Princess Hanson. Kupferberg [had given] a great performance. He seemed ready to take bullets for his clients, and that feeling must have comforted Ward as much as it left everyone else uneasy.”
  • Witness for the Prosecution: Only Timika Holiday Knows What Happened to Princess Hanson. But can she be Believed?
    Washington City Paper – October 13, 2006
    Ward and Thompson are charged with conspiring to murder Princess. To make the case hold, prosecutors need to show that the murders are linked. For that, they rely on Holiday…only Holiday claims to have seen Thompson kill Princess and Ward kill Evans. So defense attorneys Steve Kupferberg and Rudolf Acree have done everything in their power to play up her troubled history. She didn’t finish 11th grade because the school expelled her for hitting a teacher. She has faced charges for destroying property, misusing 911, and shoplifting.
  • One of 2 Suspects Pleads Guilty in Murder-Robbery of a Reporter
    The New York Times – September 21, 2006
    “One of the two men accused of killing a retired reporter for The New York Times pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of murder and robbery.”
  • Rockville Dancer Beaten to Death
    The Washington Post – March 17, 2005
    “Emily Cagal, the 24-year-old exotic dance who police said was killed in her Rockville penthouse condominium, was beaten to death in what investigators suspect was a gruesome robbery…”
  • Haunting the Halls of Justice; Md Couple Follow Acquitted Murder Suspect from Court to Court
    The Washington Post – August 14, 2003
    “Three times in the last 10 months, Kevin N. Glenn has stood trial in the District and Prince George’s County, charged with first- degree murder, illegally possessing a gun, attempted sexual assault and other crimes. At each trial, Kay Cross and her longtime companion, Don Moats, sat in the spectators’ gallery, still grieving.”
  • A Case with a Magic Touch
    The Prince George’s Journal – March 2002
    The Craft, a 1996 thriller about four teen witches became something of an inspiration for a 17-year-old girl living in College park…On May 30, 1999, the 17-year-old took an orange-handled knife and repeatedly stabbed [her mother's boyfriend] in the chest and stomach, giving him severe injuries that required surgery.”
  • Md. Man Wins Police Abuse Suit; Jury Awards $900,000 in ’90 Beating in Prince George’s County
    The Washington Post – November 3, 2000
    “A jury awarded more than $900,000 in damages to a Hyattsville man after finding that he was beaten by a Prince George’s County police officer who arrested him in a case of mistaken identity.”
  • Stalking Case with Unusual Element
    The Washington Post – July 5, 2000
    “By the time authorities arrested Bradley’s former co-worker, Alan Bruce Chmurny, the incident had transmuted into a case that criminal-poisoning experts say is unlike any other in the United States in the past 60 years.”
  • College Student Absolved in Mother’s Beating
    The Washington Post – June 17, 1994
    “A gifted art student who bludgeoned his mother to death with a hammer has been found not criminally responsible because he was plagued by hallucinations and believed the world was about to end.”

Criminal Procedure

  • Judge Boots Juror in Murder Trial; Panelist in D.C. Case Invoked Numerology, Peers Said
    The Washington Post – October 27, 2006
    “The jury was trying to decide a high-profile murder case when the trouble began. One of the jurors brought numerology into the debate – a mystical system said to divine truths from a person’s birth date and from the sum of the letters in a person’s name.”
  • The Case of the Not-so-Speedy Trial
    The Daily Record – March 24, 2004
    “Stephen D. Kupferberg, a former Prince George’s County prosecutor and defense counsel for Price at the trial level, calls this latest Hicks case “a meltdown in response” by the state…On July 29, Circuit Court Judge Debelius entered an order compelling the expert witness discovery, which provided that the state would be prohibited from producing evidence at trial if it failed to supply the defense with the evidence it needed within 10 days.“Judge Debelius’ order says if you didn’t do it, you can’t use it,” Kupferberg said.”
  • CSA Nixes Prosecutors’ Bid to Create New Deadline
    The Daily Record – October 14, 2003
    “The state violated a defendant’s speedy-trial rights by dismissing, then re-filing, the charges against him when prosecutors were unable to obtain a continuance, the Court of Special Appeals has held.”
  • Prince George’s County Prosecutors, Police Spar; Offices Blame Each Other for Investigative Blunders
    The Washington Post – September 21, 2001
    “The police department’s homicide unit has been under scrutiny since June, after The Post reported on four cases in which detectives coerced confessions from murder suspects who later were exonerated… ‘I’m surprised I haven’t heard of any reorganization of the homicide division,’ said Steven D. Kupferberg…’I do criticize them for not playing by the rules. The time of Dirty Harry is gone, and should be gone from Prince George’s County.’”
  • Allegations of Abuses Mar Murder Cases
    The Washington Post, June 3, 2001
    “Prince George’s County homicide detectives have coerced confessions and denied suspects lawyers during marathon interrogations that appear to violate state rules and exceed bounds set by other police agencies…In four cases, [detectives] took suspects into their interrogation rooms and extracted confessions to murder that later proved false.”
  • Marathon Interrogation at Issue in Murder Trial
    The Washington Post July 27, 1999
    “Near the end of more thatn 14 hours of questioning, Nathanial Damian Marr acknowledged that he fatally shot a young man who he believed had killed his cousin…The circumstances of the interrogation are an issue in the trial…”