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It was 2003 and we were climbing Rainier. We left Camp Muir, at 10,000 feet, around midnight climbing with the aid of our headlamps and the moonlight. We had over 4000 feet to climb. At around 11,000 feet LB, did not feel well, so we walked back down with him until we knew he could make it to camp safely. Then Marty & I turned around and headed back up. I momentarily lost my footing and hit my knee on a rock. It didn’t hurt too much. We kept moving. There were just two of us now roped together. I led. I was following a trail in the snow with the broad expanse of the mountain sloping up to my right. To my left was the fall. It was very windy. As we moved, the trail gradually became more faint.I searched for it with my headlamp. Finally, the trail was gone. The wind had blown it away leaving us alone on the cold mountain.
I looked ahead and could see a large crevasse. We could not go forward, Our choices were to turn around or to turn to the right and head up a wide steep pitch that was hundreds of feet of hard packed, ice-covered snow. I shouted back at Marty. He didn’t want to turn around and neither did I. So we did the only thing we could do. We turned to the right and headed straight up the mountain. I took a few steps and could feel the hard packed snow under my crampons. They were barely getting any bite. I stopped and took some breaths and shouted back at Marty that I could not see what lay at the top. Marty shouted back that if we were lucky we would find the trail up there. We moved up the hard icy pitch a few steps at a time.
Although we were roped together the rope was no help. We both knew that if either of us fell we would not be able to stop ourselves and we would pull the other off the mountain. Slowly, methodically, I moved a step and jammed my ice axe into the hard snow as best I could. Every 5 or 6 steps, I would stop and shout back “stopping!”. Marty would stop as well. I would bend over and pressure breath. Then slowly we would again move forward in sync. We were on that sheet of ice and snow determined not to turn back. The wind blew and the higher we climbed the more we knew we could not turn back. It was too steep and too icy. If we tried to turn back and climb down we would have easily fallen. There was no going back. So we kept moving up hoping neither of us slipped or fell. I focused on each step. Each step had to be perfect.
Finally, after about 45 minutes I neared what looked like a ridge. As I completed the pitch, I stepped up off the sheet of ice and to my relief, on to a flat safe area. I coiled in rope as Marty followed and came up behind me. There in the wind with everything on the line we had found the trail.
Only when we reached the summit did I realize that earlier I had injured my knee when I fell and hit it. It was swollen and hurt with each step down. I slowly limped down 4000 feet from the summit back to Camp Muir. It took us 16 hours to the summit and back. LB was worried. When we finally got back LB joyfully came out and greeted us. He took my ice ax and held it up in victory. We had made the summit, but more importantly we had survived a dangerous climb neither of us would ever forget.
Robb Fickman, Houston
The client believed to be facing potential Wire Fraud Charges related to SBA PPP loan applications. Investigation of applications for PPP loans and PPP forgiveness demonstrated that the Client had at all times acted in a lawful manner. Investigation demonstrated no fraud was committed by the client. Case closed.
Client was charged by Federal Indictment with making a social media post that threatened Malicious Damage and Destruction of a Building by Means of Fire and Explosives in violation of Federal law. The Defense showed that Client was a law-abiding citizen. The Defense further showed that the alleged threat was not made with any criminal intent.
The client, a public official with a long history of public service, was accused by a former girlfriend of engaging in non-consensual sexual relations. The Defense investigation and analysis showed through a detailed timeline that the allegation made absolutely no sense. Phone records, including calls and texts, were relied on to help establish an accurate timeline. The Defense met with law enforcement and reviewed a detailed package that exonerated the accused.
Client, a Houston area professional who frequently travels for work, was accused by his wife of assaulting her in his family home. Defense showed that wife’s story lacked credibility and there was no physical evidence in support of the wife’s allegation.
The client, a young Black male, was driving his car when police pulled him over for no apparent reason. It looked to be a profile stop. The client was accused of possessing a controlled substance in his vehicle. The Defense showed that there was no lawful basis for the police to stop the Client’s car. The Defense also showed that there was no lawful basis for the search of the Client’s car. It was a bad search, so the seized evidence was not admissible.
Client charged in Federal Indictment In “Operation Wrecking Ball” with 55 named co-defendants. Client faced seven charges. Client was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering. Client was also charged with four counts of Distribution of Cocaine and one count of Money laundering.
Allegations involved client’s alleged use of his home to distribute cocaine. Government’s lengthy investigation involved numerous wiretaps, surveillance, video, pole cams, search warrants, vehicle stops and use of cooperating co-defendants.
Client went to trial with four remaining defendants. After a two-week trial, Judge granted Motion for Acquittal on four of the seven charges. Jury found Client Not Guilty of remaining three charges.
Client charged in Federal Court with two counts of Wire Fraud related to Five SBA EIDL loan applications. The Government alleged the client, a Houston professional, defrauded the Small Business Administration out of over $150,000. The Government also found the intended loss was over half a million dollars. The Client faced up to 20 years in prison on each count. The Defense investigated the case and negotiated a deal that included the Government not opposing a probation. The Federal Guideline calculation was for a prison sentence and the Probation Department recommended a prison sentence. Attorney Fickman submitted a 90 page Defense Sentencing Memorandum asking for Probation.
Client was retired professional. Client was accused of being involved in a road rage incident in 1960 Area. Defense put together a 100 page memorandum that demonstrated complainant was actual aggressor.
Client was accused of touching child. Case involved thousands of pages of psychiatric and Child Protective Services records as well as investigations by multiple police departments. After three- year fight, case dismissed.
Client accused of shoving and knocking down family member causing injury. After investigation, charges were dismissed.
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