Ken Ravenell and David Rocah of the ACLU successfully defend Kwame Rose! A judge found that a law enforcement officer’s order that Mr. Rose not use a bullhorn in front of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City violated his First Amendment right to free speech.
Check out Justin Fenton’s new article about Ken fought and won for his client’s rights.
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Scroll down to watch some of Ken’s great Square Off appearances over the years.
September 30, 2012
Richard Sher “discusses the uptick in violent crime in Baltimore…just as the new police commissioner is sworn in. Plus the first presidential debate…on domestic policy, who’s your favorite to win? Join attorney Ken Ravenell, healthy living advocate Molly Shattuck, attorney Andy Radding, and media consultant Robyn Murphy.”
October 21, 2012
Richard Sher and his panel “look ahead to the third and final presidential debate. Will the debates make a difference on election day? Plus, the pros and cons of the so-called Dream Act — which is not a dream for lots of Marylanders. Join Richard and his panel, Sean Casey of WCBM, Marc Steiner of WEAA, Nicolee Ambrose, GOP committee woman, and attorney Ken Ravenell.”
December 23, 2012
This episode finds the panel discussing the influx of mass murders in America, specifically the Newtown, CT shooting. Guests include Fred Bealefeld, former police commissioner, Milton Borowy, a father of a shooting victim, congressman Andy Harris and Ken Ravenell.
November 8, 2013
Richard Sher and his panel “take aim, once again, at guns…this after the shootings at LAX, and the New Jersey Mall. Plus the Obamacare debacle…and is there any hope for the Baltimore Ravens? Join Kendel Ehrlich, Dan Rodricks, Ken Ravenell, and Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg.”
January 30, 2015
Super Bowl Sunday brings up the topic of Deflate-gate and get serious about Gov. Hogan’s proposed state budget cuts in education. Guests include Dan Bongino, former Secret Service agent, Carla Nelson, Ken Ravenell and talk radio host Sean Casey.
March 20, 2015
The panel discusses the Republican party’s demand that Hillary Clinton turn over her personal server to a neutral third party and it’s possible effect on her run for President. Guests include Dr. Andy Pollock, a University of Maryland professor, Ken Ravenell, Catalina Byrd, media consultant, and talk radio host Sean Casey.
May 29, 2015
Violence in Baltimore takes the spotlight this episode after a woman and her son were executed and lawyers for the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray requested a change in venue based on impartial bias in the community. Guests include Ken Ravenell, Dan Bongino, former Secret Service agent, Del. Pat McDonough, Catalina Byrd, media consultant.
July 31, 2015
The murder rate in Baltimore and the mayor and police commissioner’s public safety forum are discussed by the panel. Guests include talk radio host Jimmy Mathis, Ken Ravenell, entrepreneur John Sherman and financial consultant Caroline Arbaugh.
A group that is disputing its tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service asked a District of Columbia federal judge on Tuesday to sanction the agency, alleging that the service destroyed electronic documents when it knew that the case could result in litigation.
The Educational Assistance Foundation for the Descendants of Hungarian Immigrants in the Performing Arts Inc., which claims to be a scholarship organization with a charitable purpose, said that a default judgment against the IRS would be an appropriate sanction in the case or, at minimum, an adverse inference that the destroyed documents would have been favorable to the group.
The group alleges that during an audit of the foundation, an IRS revenue agent deleted files in the case record because they could not be opened. In his notes, the agent said he had no way of knowing what was in the files, the group alleged.
“The narrative entry in the Case Chronology Record clearly and plainly admits that the document destruction in this instance was deliberate and intentional,” the group said. “This knowing deletion of files constitutes spoliation, and the Foundation is entitled to an award of sanctions for this conduct.”
According to the group’s motion for sanctions, the IRS began an audit of the foundation in 2007 and the case was transferred to a different agent in 2009. In November 2009, the IRS sent a letter to the group saying it was proposing to revoke the foundation’s tax-exempt status. The group sued the IRS in 2011 seeking a declaratory judgment that it is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3).
The group said that the audit’s case chronology record, a daily account of revenue agents’ activities, contains an entry on Nov. 23, 2009, saying that the revenue agent destroyed certain files because they could not be opened and he had no way of knowing what was in them, in violation of IRS rules.
The revenue agent’s destruction of the files amounts to spoliation of evidence, the group said. The files destroyed by the IRS may have contained evidence about agency wrongdoing in obtaining a letter the service relied on in reaching its decision to revoke the foundation’s tax-exempt status that was protected by attorney-client privilege, the group said.
The destruction of evidence is egregious and a punitive sanction against the IRS is appropriate to ensure that the agency doesn’t engage in similar behavior in its audits of other tax-exempt entities, the group said.
The IRS does not comment on ongoing litigation.
The IRS’ handling of documents came under scrutiny in the congressional inquiries into former IRS executive Lois Lerner’s handling of conservative groups’ exemption applications. The IRS announced last year that it had lost years’ worth of Lerner’s emails requested by congressional investigators probing allegations that the agency targeted conservative groups. The admission prompted investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI.
In September, NetJets Large Aircraft Inc. alleged the IRS improperly destroyed documents that NetJets had requested in discovery, in some cases even after the company asked for them.
The Educational Assistance Foundation for the Descendants of Hungarian Immigrants in the Performing Arts Inc. is represented by Charles A. Murray of the Law Offices of Charles A. Murray PA and Kenneth W. Ravenell of Ravenell Law.
The United States is represented by Joseph E. Hunsader of the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division.
The case is Educational Assistance Foundation for the Descendants of Hungarian Immigrants in the Performing Arts Inc. v. U.S., case number 1:11-cv-01573, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
By Eric Kroh
Edited by Patricia K. Cole
January 21, 2015
See the full story at: Group Seeks Sanctions Against IRS For Destroying Evidence
A message of perseverance undergirded by 118 years of historical leadership and service was shared among community members who came together to celebrate South Carolina State University’s Founders’ Day on Sunday afternoon.
University leaders and students say they have confidence S.C. State can sustain itself in the midst of ongoing financial challenges in the aftermath of the inauguration of its 11th president, Thomas J. Elzey, who recently had to appeal to the state Legislature for $13 million to help pay the institution’s bills.
“This is a sankofa time,” S.C. State University Trustee Board Chairman Dr. William Small Jr. said, referencing the word in the Akan language of Ghana whose English translation means to “reach back and get it.”
“This institution has always been engaged in a struggle for its life. We are experienced and ready to deal with the challenge,” said Small, who implored the audience to bring their voices to the conversation and their shoulders to the wheel in support of the institution.
“It is more than money. We want you to put your shoulder to the wheel. We need a better network of support,” he said, noting that writing legislative representatives is just one way individuals can begin to “create a model for the survival of black institutions across the state.”
Small addressed those who converged upon S.C. State’s Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center for the 118th anniversary of the university’s founding. Attorney Kenneth W. Ravenell, a 1981 graduate of S.C. State, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony, which was held under the theme “Pursuing Excellence Through Legacy and Leadership.”
Ravenell, a senior partner in the Murphy, Falcon & Murphy law firm of Baltimore, Md., pledged $100,000 to the university he said helped shape him into the successful attorney he is today.
“We can only help each other if we give back. We’re going to continue fighting. We will not quit,” Ravenell said, noting the education he received at the university was invaluable, along with the support he received from a supportive, loving family who instilled a strong work ethic in him.
“It is good to be home, because S.C. State is home to me,” he said, noting that his dream of becoming a lawyer was fulfilled when he stepped foot on the campus in 1977, having met the first attorney he had ever met in his life at the university. The only other interaction he had with lawyers was through television, he said.
“I have fond memories of this school,” he said, noting that while not all of his peers in the political science field went on to become lawyers, they “all did positive things because of what they got here.”
He said he was glad to have the opportunity to come back to speak at Founders’ Day because it is one of the university’s proudest days, a day to reflect upon its history, celebrate its present and renew its vision for the future.
He recalled not just the education he received at S.C. State, but the fun times, including the dances, which sometimes featured acts such as Chaka Khan and Parliament Funkadelic, and energy-packed football games.
“Those are the times that you don’t get back,” said Ravenell, who said his mother, who was seated in the audience with other family members, instilled the value of hard work in him and his siblings.
He said he knew he didn’t want to work out in the fields all his life as part of a sharecropping family, nor did he want to work in a plywood plant under his brother, who was the supervisor at the time. He wanted to become a lawyer and knew that a good education was the only way to fulfill his dream. He said he got that education at S.C. State, as did several other members of his family.
“We all enjoyed it, and we all learned a lot from it,” he said, noting that he is not afraid of hard work and doesn’t consider his legal work nearly as hard as what he went through growing up.
“I don’t consider that hard work after what we came through. I’ll take a mental challenge any day,” he said.
Vernell Brown, a 1967 graduate of S.C. State, is president of the university’s National Alumni Association. She said she knows S.C. State has made an impact because she recently met a 98-year-old graduate of the institution in Dallas who still had pictures and other information from the university. Brown said it was important to continue the tradition of Founder’s Day.
“We stand here to honor our legacy. We take the opportunity to celebrate that heritage,” Brown said.
Miss S.C. State University Sadia Robinson said it is indeed important to honor the university’s past, celebrate its current achievements and envision its future.
“It is now time to take legacy and leadership to new heights,” Robinson said.
This year’s distinguished alumnus honorees are:
Virginia Berry White of Orangeburg, who received a bachelor’s degree in social work from S.C. State in 1991. White is the executive director for the Low Country Healthy Start Program at the South Carolina Office of Rural Health.
Michael A. Allen, a native of Kingstree, received a history education degree from S.C. State in 1982. Allen is currently one of the founding board members of the International African American Museum, which is slated to open in 2018 in Charleston. He is also developing the Low Country Lighthouse Charter School, which is expected to open in August.
Ted Crews, a native of Columbia, Md., received a bachelor’s degree in professional English from S.C. State in 1999. With more than 14 years of experience in the NFL and sport communications, Crews currently serves as the vice president of communications for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to the class of 1963. Patrena Rice, a 1971 S.C. State graduate, was presented the Thomas E. Miller Society award. Twenty-five year employees were inducted into the Quarter Century Club, and Professor of the Year awards and Staff Employee of the Year awards were also announced.
The Times and Democrat
By Dionne Gleaton
March 2, 2014
See the full story at: Attorney Comes Home To SCSU With A Message: “We Will Not Quit”
S.C. State University alumnus Kenneth Ravenell, 1981, recently pledged a gift of $100,000 to the university, encouraging fellow classmates and other alumni to follow his lead.
As one of the most successful trial attorneys in the United States, Ravenell boasts a nearly 70 percent acquittal rate and has won more than 250 jury trials throughout the country.
Ravenell is a senior partner at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy in Baltimore, Md.
As the son of a sharecropper, he transferred the energy and hard work of picking cotton as a child to his academic studies at S.C. State. He graduated cum laude from S.C. State in 1981 with a B.A. degree in political science.
Inspired as a youth to pursue law as a way to help protect the rights of African-Americans by the life and work of Thurgood Marshall, Ravenell graduated with his juris doctor from the Maryland School of Law in Baltimore in 1984.
While delivering the keynote address at S.C. State’s 118th Founders’ Day program on March 2, Ravenell expressed how much he owed S.C. State for providing the foundation on which he had built a very successful career. He then announced he was pledging a gift of $100,000 to his beloved alma mater.
During a recent visit to the Washington, D.C. area to meet with alumni, S.C. State President Thomas J. Elzey met with Ravenell and began the process of turning the pledge into a donation.
Elzey told Ravenell at that meeting, “I am moved by the part S.C. State University played in your success. Thank you for your leadership and support. Your gift will ensure that the S.C. State University legacy of excellence will continue.”
To his fellow classmates and other alumni, Ravenell’s message was, “I strongly encourage you to support S.C. State with the fruits of your success.”
The Times and Democrat
May 28, 2014
See the full story at: Baltimore Attorney – S.C. State Alumnus Donates $100,000 To University
The state’s case against Anthony Martino, a Washington College senior involved in a fight with an off-duty state trooper, has been dropped.
Martino’s attorney, Kenneth Ravenell, confirmed that the state dropped all three charges against his client Thursday, Aug. 29th, but he said he was legally bound not to discuss the case.
The fight occurred at Washington’s Tavern on March 22 when Martino was just seven weeks away from graduating.
Witnesses told the Spy in April that the off-duty trooper, Daniel T. Baxter, had an aggressive demeanor that night and began a shoving match after Martino made a comment to his girlfriend. Witnesses said that Baxter repeatedly punched Martino before Martino landed a lucky punch moments later that sent Baxter to the hospital.
Witnesses also said that Martino did not throw the first punch — as reported in the original statement of charges filed by the Chestertown Police Department.
CPD later confirmed that Martino threw only one punch in the fight.
The Spy has learned that Baxter’s blood-alcohol level tested at almost twice the legal limit for DUI in Maryland. It was not determined whether Baxter was driving that night.
As a result of the original charges, Martino was not allowed on campus to complete a Calculus requirement and was also denied the opportunity to graduate on stage with his classmates.
State Prosecutor Steven I. Kroll would not return calls on Wednesday regarding the circumstances that led to the dismissal of charges against Martino.
The Maryland State Police said no disciplinary action against Baxter was warranted under the circumstances.
Sgt. Marc Black, a spokesman for the state police, said that statements from witnesses and the results of an investigation by the Chestertown Police Department “deemed that there was no inappropriate actions by [Baxter].”
Martino told the Spy that the ordeal has been traumatic but he looks forward to putting the experience behind him. He said he finished his Calculus requirement at a local community college near his home in Media, Pennsylvania and hopes to graduate on stage this coming spring at WC.
Washington College would not comment on this story.
The Chesterton Spy
By Daniel Menefee
September 4, 2013
See the full story at: Assault Charges Against WC Student Dropped
Seeking to overturn a near decade prison sentence, rapper Remy Ma has retained the legal services of decorated trial attorney William Billy Murphy, Jr.
Murphy first gained national exposure by obtaining an acquittal for fight promoter Don King on federal charges of defrauding Lloyds of London.
Recently, he reversed a $1.6 million verdict against rapper DMX and secured a civil judgment of $35 million for former Ravens Defensive End Michael McCrary.
Murphy is a senior partner in the Murphy Firm and represents DMX, Redman, Mary J. bilge, and Missy Elliott.
We are pleased to handle Remy Mas appeal, Murphy explained to AllHipHop.com. We are confident that when we present all the facts, the public for the first time will get a true picture of what actually happened; and Remy will be vindicated.
Assisting Murphy on the case will be partner Kenneth Ravenell and New York attorney Ricahrd Levitt.
With a new legal team, Remy feels her chances of a successful appeal have increased tenfold.
With the addition of Mr. Murphy, Ravenell, and Levitt, I now believe I have assembled a team that will have the might and expertise to tell my side of the story, stated a hopeful Remy Ma. I am confident that after hearing everything my side will prevail. Mr. Murphy comes highly recommended and I am pleased that he has agreed to lead my defense team.
On July 14, 2007 Remy Ma is alleged to have shot her best friend in the stomach due to a money dispute.
She was sentenced to 8 years in prison on assault, illegal weapons possession, and attempted coercion charges on May 13, 2008.
Awaiting appeal, Remy Ma is currently serving her sentence at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women.
By Ismael AbduSalaa
August 4, 2008
See full story at: Remy Ma Working to Overturn Prison Sentence
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Kenneth Ravenell comes highly recommended by former Top Lawyer Billy Murphy: “His results are spectacular. He wins 93 percent of his jury trials.” That includes the one in which he represented Murphy when he was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest.
Ravenell’s other high-profile clients have included Baltimore City schools superintendent Walter Amprey, and the Reverend Maurice J. Blackwell, the Catholic priest who was shot by an alleged sexual abuse victim in May.
“A lot of high-profile people come to me when they get in trouble because I’m not one of those attorneys who tries the case in the press,” says Ravenell. His criminal practice also includes white-collar crime, narcotics, and murder cases.
By Abigail Green
See the full story at: Top Lawyers: The Next Generation
For the past few years, Ken has appeared on local talk show Square Off. Now in its 25th Year on Baltimore TV and 5th year on WMAR ABC2, Square Off is the Best of Baltimore 2013 winner for “talking heads” programs. Square Off with Richard Sher airs every Sunday at 11 a.m., only on ABC2 / WMAR-TV in Baltimore. More information on Square Off can be found at: The Breakthrough Group.
Today’s video is from April 5, 2012 and discusses the Trayvon Martin case.