Edward R. La Rue

Edward R. La Rue

Sole Practitioner
Location:
Cleveland, Ohio
Phone:
866-730-6509
216-539-0687
Email:

Personal

  • Married to Beth Zanelli La Rue - May, 1993.
    Mrs. La Rue is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Class of 1993, and currently assists me on most major trials and projects.

    Children: Elizabeth La Rue and Olivia La Rue, both attend school in the Shaker Heights community school system.

 

Year Joined Firm

  • 1996

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI/DWI
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • White Collar Crimes

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1992
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Ohio, 1992
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Ohio, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2009

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Honors: Dunmore Moot Court Competition
    • Honors: Barrister’s Club
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Honors: Academic Distinction: Dean’s List - 1985, 1986
    • Major: English Literature

Representative Cases

  • • STATE OF OHIO V. NICHOLAS GRUBACH, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-97-357702 before the Honorable Judge Brian J. Corrigan, commonly referred to as the “Bachelor Party Slaying”. Obtained Not Guilty verdicts on charges of Murder, Attempted Murder, and other associated accounts.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. JOHN W. ADAMINI,, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-98-369679, before the Honorable Judge Daniel O. Corrigan. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on two counts of Felonious Assault and six related felony counts.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. DONALD DOMKE, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-99-381456, before the Honorable Judge Patricia A. Cleary. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on felony charges of Domestic Violence with a Prior Conviction.
  • • STATE OF OHIO IN STATE OF OHIO V. ELEANOR TAYLOR, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case Number CR-377192, before the Honorable Judge Timothy McGinty. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on one count of Aggravated Burglary and one count of Felonious Assault.
  • • CITY OF CLEVELAND V. PATRICK PETRANEK, Cleveland Municipal Court Case No. 99-CRB-002318, before the Honorable Judge Gerald Francis Sweeney. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on charges of Aggravated Menacing and Stalking of a fellow Cleveland Police Officer.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. HARVEY SUGGS, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-398216, before the Honorable Judge Mary Jane Boyle. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on multiple charges of Felonious Assault.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. ANTHONY SHELTON, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-01-401969, before the Honorable Judge Bridget M. McCafferty. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on life without parole child rape charges and all lesser charges of a thirteen count indictment.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. ANTONIO SCOTT, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-01-414211, before the Honorable Judge Timothy J. McGinty. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on charges of Attempted Murder and Felonious Assault, both with Firearm Specifications.
  • • CITY OF CLEVELAND V. JOSE TORRE, Cleveland Municipal Court Case No. 2001-CRB-052495, before the Honorable Judge Robert J. Triozzi. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict for a Cleveland Police Academy Cadet on charges of Aggravated Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. Defendant was later commissioned as a Cleveland Police Officer with back pay.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. JEROME PURSLEY, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-02-419034, before the Honorable Judge William J. Coyne. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on two counts of Arson for this Cleveland Municipal School District Teacher.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. BLAKE CRUZ, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-02-422743, before the Honorable Judge Christine McMonagle. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on charges of two counts of Gross Sexual Imposition and two counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. DONALD MCMAHAN, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-02-430711, before the Honorable Judge David T. Matia. Charges of Receiving Stolen Property and Fraudulent Act Concerning a VIN number were Dismissed by the Court upon written motion by the Defense.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. ANTHONY FORE, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-437936, before the Honorable Judge Robert J. Glickman. Charges of Rape, Kidnapping, and Gross Sexual Imposition were all Dismissed on the day of trial by the State of Ohio.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. VICTOR KESHISHIAN, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-03-434070, before the Honorable Christine McMonagle. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on charges of Rape, Kidnapping with Sexual Motivation Specifications, and two counts of Gross Sexual Imposition.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. ALEXIS QUINONES, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-03-440195, before the Honorable Judge Daniel Gaul. Indictment Dismissed based on a defense motion. Two counts of Drug Trafficking, one count of Possession of Drugs, two counts of Drug Trafficking with Firearm and Juvenile Specifications, one count of Possession of Drugs with Firearm Specifications, and one count of Possession of Drugs with Firearm and Juvenile Specifications were all dismissed on statutory grounds. The Eighth District Court of Appeals Affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of these charges. See: State v. Quinones (2006), 168 Ohio App. 3d 425.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. DONALD ROBINSON, Eighth District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio Case No. CA-04-085149. Appeal resulted in vacation of plea and of a twenty year sentence as being in violation of Mr. Robinson’s constitutional rights. Case remanded to the trial court for further proceedings.
  • • IN THE MATTER OF: C.S., A MINOR, Eighth District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio Case No. CA-04-85561. Conviction of charges of Sexual Battery were Dismissed and case was remanded to the trial court. Charges have not been pursued by the State of Ohio since this result.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. RICHARD HERSCHBACH, JR., Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-04-453326 before the Honorable Judge Carolyn B. Friedland. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on charges of Domestic Violence, Disrupting Public Service and Menacing By Stalking. (Rule 29 Dismissal granted on all nineteen other counts.)
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. JERRY YOUNG, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-06-473956 before the Honorable Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold. Obtained a misdemeanor assault plea for defendant on a two count Felonious Assault indictment based on allegations that the defendant took part in the beating of the victim with a baseball bat resulting in serious physical injuries.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. JOSE RODRIGUEZ, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case Nos. CR-483633 and CR-487888 before the Honorable Judge Joan Synenberg. The Court, after hearing the State’s case alleging Defendant Rodriguez possessed stolen motor vehicles on the premises of his business known as “M & M Auto Body and Towing”, Dismissed all charges, upon defense motion, and discharged Defendant Rodriguez. All property, valued in excess of $250,000.00, was ordered to be returned to Defendant Rodriguez.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. PHILIP HAMMONS, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-491641 before the Honorable Shirley Strickland Saffold. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on charges of Aggravated Robbery and Robbery based upon charges brought by a certified public accountant against the accused.
  • • CITY OF CLEVELAND V. RONALD TOWNSEND, Cleveland Municipal Court Case No. 2007-CRB-13853 before the Honorable Kathleen Ann Keough. Dismissed on all charges of Domestic Violence and Child Endangering upon the close of the City of Cleveland’s case in chief by the Court.
  • • CITY OF CLEVELAND V. LEIGH BODDEN, Cleveland Municipal Court Case No. 2007-CRB-031069 before the Honorable Anita Laster Mays. Obtained verdicts of Not Guilty on all counts for Leigh Bodden of the Cleveland Browns on charges alleging Aggravated Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Failure to Comply and additional traffic violations in an incident which involved a confrontation between Mr. Bodden and the Cleveland Police at Hopkins International Airport. (February 2008).
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. JOAN KELLY, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-496736 before the Honorable Dick Ambrose. Defendant’s Motion to Suppress Evidence was granted in a case involving hundreds of prescription pain killers and marijuana trafficking allegations upon the execution of a Cuyahoga County Search Warrant. As a result, all charges were Dismissed. The Eighth District Court of Appeals unanimously Affirmed the trial court’s decision in granting the Motion. See: State v. Kelly, 2009 Ohio 957.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. ZAFER YOUSEF, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-08-506850 before the Honorable Steven J. Terry. Obtained jury verdicts of Not Guilty on all charges including Felonious Assault and Aggravated Assault for a Syrian-born naturalized United States citizen.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. ERICK MITCHELL, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-516703 before the Honorable Nancy A. Fuerst. Charges of Kidnapping, Aggravated Robbery and Having Weapons While Under Disability were all Dismissed on the day of trial by the State of Ohio.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. A.O., Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-517465 before the Honorable Nancy Margaret Russo. Charges of Drug Possession and Aggravated Theft against a Cleveland Emergency Medical Services Ambulance Carrier were all Dismissed by the State of Ohio.
  • • CITY OF CLEVELAND V. EDDIE HUMPHREY, Cleveland Municipal Court Case No. 2008-CRB-32006 before the Honorable Pauline H. Tarver. Obtained a Not Guilty verdict on the charge of Child Endangering.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. S.L., Case No. CR-536877 before the Honorable Daniel Gaul. An Indictment charging multiple counts of Tampering With Records, Money Laundering and Telecommunications Fraud was Dismissed in its entirety after the completion of pretrial discovery, and defense counsel’s proof of Defendant’s innocence.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. RASMIEH SALTI, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-523777 before the Honorable Timothy J. McGinty. Twenty-three felony charges that held the potential for life sentences of incarceration (without parole) including 8 counts of Rape, 7 counts of Child Endangering, 1 count of Gross Sexual Imposition and 7 counts of Kidnapping alleged by a minor child against her stepmother were all Dismissed by the State of Ohio with the Defendant’s plea of guilty to one misdemeanor count of Child Endangering.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. KRISTOPHER KING, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-10-545928 before the Honorable Janet R. Burnside. Dismissed on all charges of Felonious Assault, Kidnapping, Criminal Damaging and Improperly Handling Firearms, upon the close of the State of Ohio’s case in chief by the Court on Defendant’s Motion.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. C.H., Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. CR-11-556842 before the Honorable Shirley Strickland Saffold. Multiple charges of Kidnapping, Felonious Assault and Aggravated Riot were amended to a misdemeanor charge of Aggravated Trespassing arising out of a confrontation between local college football and baseball players at a party.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. DALE M. PRATT, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Case No.: 2012-12-3475, before the Honorable Thomas Parker. Multiple charges of Aggravated Robbery of a local bank were resolved with a plea resulting in probation.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. S.G.; L.K. Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas – Defended two (2) separate defendants in individual cases in 2013 alleging Rape and a multitude of other sex offenses resulting in the return of a “No True Bill” by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury in each instance and no charges ultimately being brought against either client.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. DALE M. PRATT, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Case No.: 2012-12-3475, before the Honorable Thomas Parker. Multiple charges of Aggravated Robbery of a local bank were resolved with a plea resulting in probation.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. E.P. (2013). Charges of forcible Rape alleged against a prominent massotherapist. After lengthy investigation and offers of proof of innocence, Charges Were Never Presented to the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. W.G., Cuyahoga County Grand Jury (2014). Charges of forcible Rape alleged by a full-ride scholarship student of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine against another full-ride scholarship recipient at the CWRU School of Medicine. After complete investigation and presentment, No Charges were Brought by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. N.S. (2013-2015). Charges of Aggravated Arson, Cultivation of Marijuana, and Trafficking in Marijuana were brought against Defendant and her fiancé after their home was engulfed in flames and the local fire department discovered 400 marijuana plants growing in a sophisticated hydroponic grow. Ultimately, after Defendant’s charges were initially reduced, she was enrolled in a diversion program that resulted in all charges against Defendant being Dismissed and her record of this arrest and these charges being Sealed/Expunged.
  • • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. ANTON MATTHEWS, Case No. 1:14CR288 (2014). Defendant Anton Matthews was Indicted and arrested for being a Felon in Possession of a gun in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). Defendant Matthews was detained until a detention hearing was conducted a week later at which time Defense Counsel La Rue successfully convinced the United States that they has the wrong suspect, and Defendant Matthews was released. The United States formally Moved to Dismiss these Charges on October 22, 2014 ending the prosecution of Mr. Matthews.
  • • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. TERRANCE BRIDGET, Case No. 1:07CR235-001 (2007). Defendant Terrance Bridget was originally facing a conspiracy to distribute drugs charge for which he faced a minimum sentence of 20 years to life imprisonment. A plea bargain was struck which resulted in a sentence of 13 years with good time credit. Mr. La Rue ultimately was able to further reduce that sentence in 2014 by more than seven years.
  • • STATE OF OHIO V. JURMOND GODFREY, Case Nos. CR587264, CR590435B (2014). Defendant Godfrey was originally charged with Breaking and Entering, and Grand Theft of multiple firearms in a break-in of Atlantic Gun and Tackle of Bedford, Ohio. Ultimately, Mr. Godfrey was placed into the Diversion Program and expects to complete the same with Dismissal of all charges in early 2016.
  • • INVESTIGATION OF C.R. BY FEDERAL AGENTS FROM DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (2015). Client received a package from overseas containing more than 500 units of illegal narcotics. Upon delivery of this package by Special Agents, Client was detained and questioned. Upon further investigation, client was ultimately cleared and further prosecution of the client was terminated

Classes/Seminars

  • Guest Instructor, Trial Tactics-Professor, McElhaney-Case Western Reserve, 1996 - 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 1996 - Present
  • Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past President 2009-2010
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Cleveland Council on World Affairs and Council on Foreign Affairs

Past Employment Positions

  • • February, 1996 - PRESENT - EDWARD R. LA RUE - ATTORNEY AT LAW, Sole Practitioner - Defended thousands of clients accused in federal, state and local municipal courts of charges ranging from capital murder to minor misdemeanor traffic offenses. Tried over 75 jury trials, in excess of 200 bench trials, and argued regularly at the Eighth District Court of Appeals of Ohio on behalf of the criminally accused. I have lectured to colleagues on behalf of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, to Cleveland City Council subcommittees, and to practicing attorneys on criminal law topics ranging from arrest, search, and seizure issues, and interrogation procedures, to stalking, domestic violence, and DUI law developments. I have defended those accused in numerous “high profile” cases garnering daily media attention, as well as defended prominent local area businessmen, doctors, lawyers and other professionals. I am currently a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel list of lawyers for federal appointments by the Federal Judiciary. I am past President, and continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
  • • Spring 2015 - PRESENT - SHEVCHENKO NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF KIEV, UKRAINE, Instructor of United States Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law
  • • July, 1990 - February, 1996 - CITY OF CLEVELAND - OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTOR, Assistant City Prosecutor - Prosecuted entire criminal docket for individual municipal judges. Tried over 250 bench trials, 10 jury trials and regularly argued at the Eighth District Court of Appeals of Ohio. Researched and wrote §627.02(A) of the City of Cleveland Codified Ordinances and testified before the Ohio General Assembly on a related Ohio bill. Appointed instructor at the Cleveland Police Academy on domestic violence issues. Presenter at the Ohio Attorney General’s 1994 Conference on Law Enforcement.
  • • • CITY OF CLEVELAND - OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTOR, Legal Intern- Assistant to Chief Prosecutor on toxic waste dumping cases. Acting assistant prosecutor at pretrial hearings, and at temporary protection order hearings.
  • • • CITY OF CLEVELAND - OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTOR, Law Clerk- Duties included drafting of motions and briefs, witness interviews, second chair at trials, and case preparation.
  • • Summer 1990 - LEWIS R. KATZ - Professor, Case Western Reserve University of Law, Research Assistant- Assisted the professor in the research and writing of his third edition of Ohio Arrest, Search and Seizure.
  • • June - July 1990 - THE CUYAHOGA PLAN - Cleveland, Ohio , Investigator- Duties included the intake and analysis of fair housing complaints and audits to determine if probable cause existed to support the filing of Title VIII actions.
  • • Summer 1989 - JOSEPH W. DEIMERT & ASSOCIATES - Cleveland, Ohio , Law Clerk- Duties included researching and writing interrogatories, motions, memoranda, briefs, and assisting at trials.
  • • 1986 - 1988 - JONES, DAY, REAVIS & POGUE - Cleveland, Ohio, Corporate Paralegal- Extensive experience in drafting corporate documents, venture capital partnership start-ups, and corporate closings.

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Kappa Epsilon