Man Found Not Guilty After Attempting to Board an Airplane with a Loaded Gun

*Chicago, IL – Criminal defense attorney, Jameika Williams Mangum has proven herself as an emerging new legal force to be reckoned with. With an impressive list of credentials, and the recent opening of her new firm, The Mangum Law Firm LLC, Mangum’s recent court win is an eyebrow raising victory.

The Los Angeles native, now practicing law in the Chicago area, recently succeeded in securing a ‘not guilty’ verdict for a man accused of attempting to board an aircraft with a loaded weapon. On February 22, 2010, Mangum’s client entered O’ Hare International Airport in Chicago. He approached the security checkpoint with a sealed cardboard box that contained items such as gifts for his children, t-shirts, a camera, and a loaded .22 gun. The box was placed on the conveyor belt and the gun was spotted by the Transportation Security Administration. Charged with “Attempting to Board a Commercial Aircraft with a Weapon,” Mangum’s client faced a Class 4 Felony charge, typically punishable by 1 to 3 years in the state penitentiary.

After receiving a call from her co-counsel, Mangum immediately took the case. During closing arguments, Mangum showed that the State failed to prove intent, and that the gun was left in the client’s bag from a hiking trip two weeks prior. “The prosecution is required to prove that my client ‘knowingly’ possessed the gun. My client forgot the weapon was in his bag,” stated Mangum.

Mangum, along with her co-counsel, Michael Domanico, were victorious in getting a “Not guilty” verdict on October 6, 2010, resulting in a big win for both her client and her firm. Cases involving weapon charges do not always end well for defendants. Rap star Petey Pablo was recently arrested for a similar charge, carrying a concealed weapon at a North Carolina airport. Lil’ Wayne, T.I. andGilbert Arenas are just a few of the celebrities who have encountered similar charges.  If convicted, Pablo can face serious felony charges.

Citing the late, legendary attorney Johnnie L. Cochran as her role model and following in his footsteps, Mangum founded The Mangum Law Firm, LLC to help make a difference in her community, society, and in the lives of her clients. A highly accomplished attorney, Mangum is quickly building her career and brand as a compassionate, yet assertive lawyer who puts her client’s needs first.

A dedicated, effective, and highly sought after professional, Mangum has an exhaustive list of impressive accomplishments. Prior to starting her own law firm, Ms. Mangum worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of New Mexico, and was responsible for handling misdemeanors for the state. She also held a position as an Assistant State’s Attorney for McHenry County and was responsible for handling Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) cases and Statutory Summary Suspension (SSS) Hearings.
As the Assistant District Attorney, Mangum also handled all misdemeanors and Domestic Violence cases. Before relocating to Illinois, Ms. Mangum worked as a Law Clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and assisted attorneys in the Felony High-Tech Crimes Unit.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Southern California, and earned an Intellectual Property Certificate and Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. Like her male counterpart and hero, Johnnie L. Cochran, Mangum is a winning lawyer with exceptional skills in the courtroom who is quickly climbing the ladder of success.

As a young, successful business woman, Mangum is proving that African American women lawyers can successfully overcome any barriers to success and achieve the impossible. An active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Ms. Mangum provides quality representation to her clients, and focuses on Criminal Defense, Family Law, Small Claims, and Traffic cases.

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