“He is not a career criminal,” Amirante said. “He is presumed innocent, accused of murder. There is nothing else to show that he is a mean, nasty or violent person.”
“…Sam Amirante, said prosecutors lacked “a scintilla of evidence” that proved Spizzirri harmed the pooch.”
“…Defense attorney Sam Amirante told jurors that investigators failed to garner any concrete evidence to prove the assaults occurred.”
..”She was relieved that the judge did the right thing,” said Amirante after the trial, adding “those guns should have been melted down and destroyed a long time ago.”
“There was simply no evidence to charge him with that,” Amirante said, “and the jury called the state out on that. The evidence was simply not there.”
Attorney Sam L. Amirante and Associate attorney Pam Curran proved that the evidence provided by the State did not warrant a First-Degree murder charge for this case. The jury deliberated and came back with a verdict of Not-Guilty of First-Degree murder.
“Defense attorney Sam Amirante, in his closing arguments, said prosecutors failed to prove that Platt’s actions amounted to first-degree murder. Amirante went for an all-or-nothing verdict, meaning jurors were not given the choice of finding Platt guilty of a lesser crime. Therefore, Platt, who had been out of jail on bond while he awaited trial, walked away free on Friday after the verdict.”
– Chicago Tribune, June 5, 2015
After three day jury trial, client was found NOT GUILTY of driving under the influence, driving with more than .08 blood alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Attorney Sam L. Amirante proved the state did not have enough evidence to arrest the defendant and the State could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
DUI dismissed; violation of speedy trial act!
Charge of Battery – 38 stitches to the victim; finding NOT GUILTY!
DUI Jury deliberation in 13 minutes – finding NOT GUILTY!