In an era when statements and allegations can instantly invoke images of guilt in the public eye, professional liability lawyers like David Finn have an increasingly difficult job. This was evident in the Dallas lawyer’s defense of James B. Wright, a lawyer from Mississippi who was accused of a federal bank fraud charge.
Finn was indicted in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (USA vs. Wright – NO. 4:16CR52) and charged for allegedly conspiring with two businessmen and providing a Dallas bank false closing statements in order to obtain federally backed mortgage loans from PrimeLending.
According to court records the government specifically claimed that Wright, a title attorney, worked with the businessmen to locate property buyers for a fee, then submitted separate closing statements – one to the buyers and sellers that disclosed the fee, and another statement to the bank that did not.
Finn, an attorney known among his peers for his demonstrative style and speech, argued that his client did not defraud anyone as it is not uncommon for there to be separate closing statements when the property seller and buyers are from different states.
Finn asked his David Finn, P.C. co-counsel, Tiffany Talamantez, to make the closing argument. “People respond better to different voices,” Finn shared.
Talamantez is a talented young Dallas lawyer with four years of experience. Her closing argument at Wright’s trial was the first she’s made before a federal jury. She also cross-examined two witnesses during the five-day trial.
On Dec. 22, 2017 according to court records the jury found Wright not guilty. Wright’s co-defendant, Brett Immel of Chicago, was also found not guilty. Daniel C. Bomar, another co-defendant, pleaded guilty last year and awaits sentencing. The jury’s verdict was the first full acquittal before U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas in his three years on the bench.
Wright was so gratified with Finn’s representation that he wrote a commendation letter to the Dallas Bar Association praising Finn for his skill, determination, grit, and fortitude during the five-day jury trial.
“Having someone that believes in you and who leaves no stone unturned in your defense is awe-inspiring to watch,” Wright said in a written statement.
The acquittal was publicly announced in March.