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Release of Report to Rwanda on Role of French Officials in the Genocide against the Tutsi

KIGALI, RWANDA—The Government of Rwanda retained a team of lawyers and investigators at Cunningham Levy Muse LLP, led by Bob Muse, Josh Levy and Daren Firestone to examine publicly available information on the role of French officials in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

That examination culminated in the Muse Report, which can be found here. The Muse Report of December 11, 2017, recommends that based on the publicly available information, a full investigation into the role of French government and military officials in the Genocide against the Tutsi is fully warranted. Rwanda has accepted the recommendation, and CLM will be conducting this investigation, on behalf of the Rwandan government.

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Robert F. Muse named to Best Lawyers in America for 2016

Best Lawyers today released the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list, and Cunningham Levy Muse LLP is pleased to announce the inclusion of Robert F. Muse under “Criminal Defense: White-Collar” and “Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.”

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Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. Its Best Lawyers in America list, currently in its 23rd edition, can be viewed in its entirety on the Best Lawyers website.

Veteran of Washington Investigations Joins CLM

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bob Muse, well-known for representing clients in Iran-Contra, Filegate and dozens of other Congressional investigations, announced today that he is joining Cunningham Levy LLP, now to be known as Cunningham Levy Muse LLP, with offices in Washington and Los Angeles.

“Together, we are creating a uniquely qualified team to assist clients under investigation in Washington and elsewhere.”

Mr. Muse’s legal career in Washington tracks the city’s own modern history of investigations. He began his career as a staff attorney on the Senate Watergate Committee. While in private practice, he has represented clients in Iran-Contra, the Anita Hill hearings, Filegate, Whitewater and WorldCom.  <<Read More>>

Bryan Cunningham on Police Body Cameras

These Are the Police Body Camera Questions State and Local Stakeholders Must Address Quickly

A North Carolina jury failed to reach a verdict in the case of a police officer who shot an unarmed black man 10 times in the back and the judge dismissed the case in late August.

Police cruiser dashboard camera footage showed the suspect rapidly approaching the car but did not capture the 13 shots fired by the officer, or the 10 that struck the deceased.

In defense, the officer claimed the suspect tried to grab his gun. The jury voted 8-4 to acquit, and the attorney general said he would not retry the officer due, in part, to lack of evidence.

We will never know what really happened that night. Had the officer been wearing a body-worn video camera (BWC), we might.  (Keep Reading)

Bryan Cunningham on French Terror Attacks

War or Crime? Figure it Out

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 1:11 PM

In the Clinton Administration, I participated in vigorous debates about whether to treat transnational threats, such as terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, as law enforcement or intelligence and war fighting issues.  After September 11, 2001, this issue was thrust into the limelight as the Bush Administration and civil liberties groups argued in public about whether to treat terrorists as enemy combatants or common criminals—with Congress, as always, vacillating with public opinion. One of the primary critiques agreed upon by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission was that treating terrorism, as was largely done before 9/11, as a traditional law enforcement issue was a mistake.

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AG nominee also leading probe in NY chokehold case

Published: Today

FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch meets with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. on Capitol Hill in Washington. As the Justice Department opens a civil rights investigation into the chokehold death of an unarmed man in New York City, the prosecutor in charge of the probe is juggling another high-profile role: designated heir to Eric Holder as the nation’s attorney general.

WASHINGTON (AP) – As the Justice Department opens a civil rights investigation into the chokehold death of an unarmed man in New York City, the prosecutor in charge of the probe is juggling another high-profile role: designated heir to Eric Holder as the nation’s attorney general.

The dual positions have placed Loretta Lynch in a public spotlight ahead of Senate confirmation hearings, a period of time when cabinet nominees normally seek a lower profile to avoid providing fodder for critics. She’ll inevitably be questioned about the investigation into Eric Garner’s death, an obvious priority for a Justice Department seeking to address concerns about police use of force and racial bias in law enforcement.

“This case is going to gain public notoriety either way. That she’s handling it certainly gives another reason for people to talk about it,” said Joshua Levy, a Washington lawyer and former counsel to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider Lynch’s nomination.

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Our Day in Court?

By by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Friday, September 12, 2014

Something unusual happened in an Oakland federal court this summer. The U.S. Government, concerned that classified national security information had been disclosed in a courtroom crowded with reporters and spectators, asked the court to modify the public record, as though the words had never been said at all, but the government later decided no classified information had been disclosed, so the issue became moot.

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