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The Times-Picayune: Mark Titus...asks appeals court to let him out of plea deal convictions
"What could your client get by voiding the plea agreement?" Judge Jones asked. "The man has already said he stole quite a lot of money from his company. What else could come of voiding the plea agreement?" "What he deserved all along," replied Gonyea, "to get a fair trial."

Washington Post (AP):  Appeals court in Va. tosses 5 of ex-Texas businessman's 15 convictions
“'We’re very pleased,' Abdulwahab’s attorney, Joe Gonyea, said of the ruling. The government has argued in court papers that Abdulwahab’s sentence should not be affected because the term for the money laundering counts runs concurrently with his other 10 convictions. Gonyea disagreed."

Bloomberg (AP):  Court in VA hears ex-Businessman's appeal
"A lawyer for a former Texas businessman who helped orchestrate a $100 million life insurance fraud scheme urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to toss out his convictions and 60-year prison sentence ... 'They were putting the money back into the business by paying commissions,' said Joe Gonyea, an attorney for Abdulwahab."

Yahoo (AP): Federal appeals court in VA hears arguments in former Texas businessman's case
"Abdulwahab is appealing all counts of his conviction, but the 30-minute hearing before a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals focused on the money laundering. He claims that the commissions that were paid to A&O sales agents were essential business expenses rather than a distribution of profits, and therefore cannot support the money laundering convictions."

Recent Results

On July 16, 2014, Joe Gonyea successfully defended Cotton & Western Mining, Inc. (CWRN), and its affiliate and officers, against claims that it had breached a joint venture agreement, breached a fiduciary duty, and committed fraud.  The plaintiff asked the jury to award it $~13 million.  After a contentious trial, the jury awarded $0.