racketeering

Dec 28, 2021

Ravenell found guilty of money laundering but not other charges; Treem acquitted

A jury convicted Baltimore defense lawyer Kenneth W. Ravenell of laundering money for a marijuana trafficking organization but acquitted him of all other charges.

Dec 27, 2021

Jury still deliberating in federal trial against Ravenell, Treem

Jurors deliberated for about seven hours Monday without returning a verdict in the federal trial against prominent Baltimore defense attorneys Kenneth W. Ravenell and Joshua R. Treem. It was the second day of deliberations for the jury, which heard closing arguments last week and broke for the holidays late Thursday. UPDATE: Ravenell guilty of money […]

Dec 23, 2021

Ravenell racketeering case heads to jury after 2 weeks of testimony

Lawyers painted the federal indictments against Kenneth W. Ravenell and Joshua R. Treem as a concerted effort to punish successful criminal defense attorneys.

Dec 22, 2021

‘Overreaching’? Case against Ravenell, Treem alarms lawyers as trial concludes

An overflow courtroom next to Kenneth W. Ravenell’s federal racketeering trial quietly filled with lawyers Wednesday as the case neared closing arguments. Though few observers agreed to speak to The Daily Record before jurors reach a verdict, it was clear that the case — which ensnared Ravenell and Joshua R. Treem, both celebrated defense lawyers, […]

Dec 21, 2021

Ravenell will not testify as racketeering trial nears closing arguments

Jurors will have two weeks’ worth of dense testimony to weigh when they begin deliberating in Kenneth W. Ravenell’s federal racketeering trial later this week. They will not, however, have heard from Ravenell himself. The celebrated Baltimore defense lawyer said Tuesday he will not testify, bringing an abrupt end to the evidence phase of the […]

Dec 20, 2021

Taking the stand in obstruction trial, Treem defends his actions

Several inaccuracies appeared in a pair of documents that Baltimore defense lawyer Joshua R. Treem prepared after meeting with a convicted drug trafficker at an Arizona jail in 2017. Treem said in court Monday that the inaccuracies were unintentional and made in good faith as he sought to defend Kenneth W. Ravenell, his client at […]

Dec 17, 2021

Defense teams call in heavy hitters as character witnesses at Ravenell trial

Two former Baltimore city state’s attorneys and three former judges testified as character witnesses Friday in the closely watched criminal trial against two prominent defense lawyers accused of federal crimes. The attorneys, Kenneth W. Ravenell and Joshua R. Treem, have been on trial for two weeks in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Also on trial […]

Dec 14, 2021

Prosecutors seek to link Ravenell with drug money at RICO trial

Federal prosecutors spent much of Tuesday trying to draw a direct line between Baltimore defense lawyer Kenneth W. Ravenell and illegal drug proceeds.

Dec 13, 2021

Baltimore marijuana trafficker testifies he paid Ravenell ‘millions’ in drug money

As the bookkeeper for a Baltimore-based marijuana trafficking ring, Jerome Castle kept careful notes on his organization’s expenses in a red spiral-bound notebook, using coded language to refer to major players and accounts. Castle said that he used the code names “Short Man” and “Johnny Vegas” to refer to a lawyer who worked with the […]

Dec 10, 2021

Drug trafficker’s alleged casino investment key in Ravenell’s racketeering trial

A high-level marijuana trafficker and longtime client of Kenneth W. Ravenell has claimed repeatedly in court this week that he invested drug proceeds in the MGM National Harbor Casino and expected to see millions of dollars in returns. But the defense at Ravenell’s racketeering trial is raising questions about whether the investment ever actually existed. […]

Dec 8, 2021

Ravenell’s defense in racketeering trial centers on missing money

The defense lawyer for Baltimore attorney Kenneth W. Ravenell posed a question to jurors in his opening statement Wednesday: If Ravenell received millions of dollars in drug proceeds from a marijuana-trafficking client, as the government claims, where is all that cash? Ravenell, who is on trial in federal court this month on charges that he […]

Dec 7, 2021

Prosecutor: Ravenell used law firm as ‘bank’ to launder trafficker’s drug money

A federal prosecutor told a jury Tuesday that Baltimore lawyer Kenneth W. Ravenell had a two-decade-long relationship with a high-level marijuana trafficker that involved laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds and evading law enforcement using advice gleaned from Ravenell’s work as a criminal defense attorney. Ravenell used his law firm at the time, Murphy, […]

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