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Celebrating a Landmark Victory for Justice and Free Speech: Allen Acquitted in High-Profile Case

Updated: Aug 20, 2023


Attorney Sholdon Daniels obtains Not Guilty Verdict
Attorney Sholdon Daniels

Celebrating a Landmark Victory for Justice and Free Speech: Neely Allen Acquitted in High-Profile Case

[Dallas, August 10, 2023] – Prominent criminal defense attorney Sholdon Daniels achieved a resounding victory in a high-profile case involving Neely Allen, who was charged with allegedly interfering with a peace officer's duties. The case, prosecuted by Fannin County Assistant District Attorneys Shane Hazelton and Will Porter on behalf of Grayson County, garnered widespread attention due to its implications for free speech rights and the boundaries of public discourse. DPS Corporal Tarif Alkhatib, whose controversial role in a flawed drunk-driving investigation following the tragic death of Katie Palmer, acted as the complaining witness in the case. Alkhatib's actions have come under scrutiny for his decision to turn off his body-worn camera before providing a ride home to Cory Foster, the individual responsible for killing Katie Palmer. The trial revealed indications of a prior connection between Alkhatib and Foster prior to the crash.

Neely Allen, represented by Sholdon T. Daniels, faced charges that stemmed from her participation in a public Facebook group called Justice For Katie Palmer. The State alleged that her online comment interfered with a peace officer's duties. However, Daniels strategically dismantled the prosecution's case, highlighting the importance of protected free speech rights and the lack of concrete evidence to support the charges.

The case hinged on intricate legal arguments and the interpretation of constitutional principles. Daniels masterfully dissected each element of the State's case, demonstrating that Allen's actions did not impede the officer's lawful duties but rather fell within the realm of constitutionally protected expression.

"This case is a testament to the power of the people's voices and the principles that our country was founded upon. It is a reminder that free speech remains a cornerstone of our democracy, even when faced with challenging circumstances," stated Sholdon Daniels. "Neely Allen's acquittal is not just a victory for her, but for every individual who believes in their right to speak out against injustice."

The jury's verdict in favor of Neely Allen echoes the sentiments of the community and affirms the importance of safeguarding the rights enshrined in the Constitution. The support of the community and the dedication of the jurors who served in the trial played a pivotal role in this landmark victory.

Sholdon Daniels, with nearly a decade of experience in criminal defense, celebrated this case as one of the most fulfilling in his career. "I am humbled to have been part of this fight for justice and free speech. This victory demonstrates that the pursuit of truth and the defense of fundamental rights are still very much alive and thriving in our society."

As the news of this victory spreads, Daniels and his client, Neely Allen, hope that it serves as a beacon of inspiration for individuals who choose to stand up against unjust actions and exercise their right to express their opinions without fear.

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About Sholdon Daniels:

Sholdon Daniels is a distinguished criminal defense attorney with nearly a decade of experience in representing clients across a wide range of cases. With a passion for justice and a commitment to protecting individuals' rights, Daniels has built a reputation for his tireless advocacy and strategic approach in the courtroom. He is dedicated to upholding the principles of the Constitution and fighting for justice on behalf of his clients.

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