Criminal Defense Attorney Tamara N. Holder Lead Defense For Marcus Hampton in “Severed-Feet Case

CHICAGO, IL – November 5, 2007 – Tamara N. Holder, Esq., announced today that Marcus Hampton, the driver in the “Severed-feet” fatality case will be formally arraigned Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at the Markham Courthouse of Cook County Circuit Court, 16501 South Kedzie Parkway, Markham, IL 60428. Attorney Holder will hold a news conference after the arraignment at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of the courthouse.

Attorney Holder will be filing her appearance for Defendant Marcus Hampton, and plead her client not guilty to all charges listed in the indictment that are expected to include one count each of arson, obstruction of justice and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Also charged are Mr. Hampton’s alleged girlfriend, Shawanda Smith and her brother, Anthony Smith, Jr.

On Friday, October 12, 2007, Mr. Hampton was driving down a dark Vollmer Road where he accidentally hit Mr. Michael Cranston, who was walking in the street, and wearing dark clothing. Mr. Cranston had allegedly been hit on that road in the past. At this time, Attorney Holder will not comment on what happened after the accident; however, it should be noted that her client did not act alone.

Attorney Holder did however note, “The facts as they play out will tell a different story from that already told. Mr. Hampton was also a victim in this case. Mr. Hampton is innocent of the charges that stem from what happened after the accident.” Attorney Holder also states, “Mr. Hampton and his family continue to express their deepest condolences to Mr. Cranston’s family.”

About Tamara N. Holder:
Tamara N. Holder, Esq., [] is one of Chicago’s rising legal analytical stars. She gained national attention for fighting for the rights of railroad workers who were fired in the name of “homeland security” which led to a Congressional hearing. She most recently filed a class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago and its Chicago Police officers for illegal searches at the Harold Ickes Homes. Her law firm specializes in criminal defense, expungement cases, malpractice and personal injury lawsuits. Ms. Holder sits on the Women of Power Alumni Association Advisory Board; and is also the founder of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Expungement Clinic.

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