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Headline Cases for Rene Sandler

Rene Sandler represents 17 year old brutally attacked
at Rockville High School on March 7, 2017.

 

Rene Sandler breaks down Maryland's law on mental health defenses in the case of Catherine Hoggle in Montgomery County, MD.

Catherine Hoggle's two children are missing and she is being held in their disappearance.

 

Rene sandler exposes violations by montgomery county police alcohol task force in Damascus alcohol case

  • Charges dropped against Damascus family accused of throwing party with underage drinking
    MyFoxDC.com • November 20, 2014 • read article and watch video
  • Damascus couple accused of hosting underage keg party has charges dropped
    WashingtonPost.com • November 17, 2014 • read article
  • State dismisses all charges against Rene Sandler's clients following Judge's ruling
    TheSentinel.com • November 17, 2014 • read article
  • Judge suppresses evidence in Damascus alcohol case after finding that police violated homeowners constitutional rights
    TheSentinel.com • November 3, 2014 • read article 1read article 2

 

Rene Sandler wins victory in religious freedom case
in a published opinion
by the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Maryland's highest appellate court recognized that the trial judge had abused her discretion in denying the Plaintiff, an Orthodox Jewish man, an accommodation to strictly observe his religion during the trial which would have required a brief suspension of the trial. "This opinion recognizes a person's right to freely observe his religion and requires that the court put such observance before any administrative inconvenience of the court," says Sandler. View PDF

 

Rene Sandler Represents Man Accused
of Murdering His Ex-Wife

  • No bond for Tennessee man accused of killing ex-wife in Germantown; had cash, hair dye
    WashingtonPost.com • November 1, 2013 • read article
  • Ex-Husband Ordered Held Without Bond in Montgomery County Woman's Death
    NBCWashington.com • October 31, 2013 • read article

 

Rene Sandler Represents Maryland Figure Skating Coach Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

  • World-class ice dancer released from Howard Co. jail
    BaltimoreSun.com • September 12, 2012 • read article
  • Extradition Denied; Maryland Figure Skating Coach to Be Released
    NBCWashington.com • September 10, 2012 • read article
  • Judge allows release of ice dancer, coach from Howard Co. jail
    BaltimoreSun.com • September 10, 2012 • read article
  • Skating coach to be freed, must surrender in NY
    HuffingtonPost.com • September 10, 2012 • read article
  • World-class ice dancer, coach arrested in Howard County on New York sex charges
    BaltimoreSun.com • September 7, 2012 • read article
  • Attorney: Md. skating coach denies sealed charges
    SportsIllustrated.CNN.com • September 5, 2012 • read article

 

Kensington Woman Killed Hours After Estranged Husband Released From Jail

  • Kensington Woman Killed Hours After Estranged Husband Released From Jai
    NBCWashington.com • March 14, 2012 • watch video

 

Rene Sandler and Brian Betts

Rene Sandler and Gloria AllredRene Sandler and her co-counsel attorney Gloria Allred represent the family of Brian Betts who was robbed and murdered in his home in April, 2010. Alante Saunders, the man who pulled the trigger and killed Brian Betts was sentenced on November 23, 2010 to serve 40 years in prison. Following Saunders' sentencing, the family of Brian Betts spoke publicly for the first time and talked about the devastating impact Brian's death has had on them.

  • Plagued by homicides, Silver Spring home for sale
    TBD.com • May 26, 2011 • read article
  • Murder house for sale: Would YOU buy a home where three people were killed in a decade?
    DailyMail.co.uk • May 27, 2011 • read article
  • Homicide House on the Market in Silver Spring
    NBCWashington.com • May 26, 2011 • read article
  • D.C. man sentenced to 18 months after pleading guilty as accessory after the fact in Betts murder
    Gazette.net • April 1, 2011 • read article
  • DCPS budget: The Brian Betts effect
    WashingtonPost.com • March 10, 2011 • read article
  • Final suspect in Brian Betts murder case expected to plead guilty Wednesday
    Gazette.net • January 26, 2011 • read article
  • Family of slain gay principal pushes hate crime prosecution
    WashingtonBlade.com • December 16, 2010 • read article
  • Was Slain Principal Targeted Because He Was Gay?
    NBCWashington.com • December 7, 2010 • read article
  • Gloria Allred meets with DoJ about Brian Betts' death 1207
    Brightcove.com • December 7, 2010 • watch video
  • Rene Sandler and her co-counsel Gloria Allred met with Justice Department attorneys to urge them to prosecute Brian Betts' killers.
    WUSA9.com • December 7, 2010 • watch video
  • Gloria Allred and Betts family attorney Rene Sandler meet with Justice Department
    MetroWeekly.com • December 7, 2010 • WATCH PRESS CONFERENCE
  • 3rd suspect pleads in Betts slaying
    Washintgonpost.com • November 30, 2010 • read article
  • District man pleads guilty as accessory in murder
    of popular D.C. principal and Silver Spring man

    Gazette.net • December 1, 2010 • read article
  • Third man enters guilty plea in Betts Murder
    WTOP.com • November 30, 2010 • read article
  • Third Guilty Plea Due in Brian Betts Murder
    WTOP.com • November 25, 2010 • read article
  • Slain Principal's Family on Killer's Sentence
    NBCWashington.com • November 24, 2010 • watch video
  • Triggerman Sentenced in Principal Murder
    NBCWashington.com • November 23, 2010 • watch video
  • New Allegations in Beloved Principal Murder Sentencing
    WUSA9.com • November 23, 2010 • watch video
  • Alante Saunders guilty plea Brian Betts murder 1108
    TBD.com • November 8, 2010 • read article
  • Alante Saunders Pleads Guilty in Murder of Principal Brian Betts
    MyFoxDC.com • November 8, 2010 • read article
  • Gunman Pleads Guilty in Principal Death
    NBCWashington.com • November 8, 2010 • read article
  • Alante Saunders Pleads Guilty in Murder of Principal Brian Betts
    MyFoxDC.com • November 8, 2010 • read article
  • Gunman Pleads Guilty in D.C. Principal's Death
    NBCWashington.com • November 8, 2010 • read article
  • Guilty plea expected in murder of D.C. principal
    WTop.com • November 8, 2010 • read article
  • Man pleads guilty in Betts slaying
    WashingtonPost.com • November 8, 2010 • read article
  • Teen admits to killing D.C. principal
    WashingtonExaminer.com • November 8, 2010 • read article
  • Shaw Middle School Principal Brian Betts Found Dead in Silver Spring Home, SUV Missing
    CBSNews.com • April 16, 2010 • read article
  • New lead in murdered principal case
    AC360.blogs.cnn.com • April 19, 2010 • read article
  • Details Emerge in Slaying of 'Inspirational' DC Principal
    AOLNews.com • April 20, 2010 • read article
  • Honor Brian Betts-Stay Honest On Student Success
    TheWashingtonTeacher.blogspot.com • April 20, 2010 • read article
  • We Want Justice for Brian Betts!
    NancyGrace.blogs.cnn.com • April 26, 2010 • read article
  • Suspects in D.C. principal Brian Betts's slaying have criminal records
    Washingtonpost.com • May 5, 2010 • read article
  • We Want Justice Update: Arrests in Murder of Brian Betts!
    NancyGrace.blogs.cnn.com • May 7, 2010 • read article

BKB Foundation for Brian Betts

The BKB Foundation was established to preserve the memory and legacy of Brian Betts who was murdered in his home in Montgomery County, Maryland in April, 2010. Donations to the Brian K. Betts Foundation (via DC Public Education Fund) will allow his family to continue to fulfill Brian's commitments to academic success. Each year the family will award monies in Brian's name to a diverse selection of causes based on the passions of this tremendous man who is deeply missed by his students, family and friends each day. make a donation

 

Rene Sandler and
University of Maryland Basketball Police Brutality

Maryland Criminal AttorneyCharges Dropped in Case Involving U-Md. Student
Rene Sandler was instrumental in having charges dropped against her client where police and prosecutors refused to turn over critical evidence. Sandler said, “It’s disgraceful that no one was interested in investigating. No one was interested in finding out the truth,” referring to police and prosecutors. read article

Prosecutor drops case against Rene Sandler's client, a University of Maryland student wrongfully charged by police following the MD/Duke Men's basketball game on March 3, 2010.
read article 1read article 2watch video

Super LawyersRene Sandler, Esq. has been recognized on Wikipedia for uncovering police brutality in a case that received international attention. Ms. Sandler's client was beaten and then wrongfully charged by police following the Maryland vs. Duke Men's basketball game at the University of Maryland last year. All charged were dropped against Rene Sandler's client. read article

 

Rene Sandler and Teen Bombmaker

SEE RENE SANDLER INTERVIEWED ON WRC TV 4.
Rene Sandler represents one of two teens charged in explosives case
that drew international attention.
NBCWashington.com • September 23, 2009

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Maryland AttorneyRene Sandler represented one of two teens charged in bombmaking case that drew international attention. In response to the entry of a guilty plea by the Co-Defendant Rene Sandler said, “"Both boys have accepted responsibility for their involvement in a very serious case and can now begin to get on with their lives." read article

Gene Meyer’s article in the March/April Bethesda Magazine edition featuring Rene Sandler’s bomb and explosives case that has received international attention. read article (PDF)

 

Potomac Murder Case

On November 30, 2010 Rene Sandler was quoted in Potomac murder case following sentencing for Co-Defendant in the Washington Post. read article

Rene Sandler is quoted in the Washington Post on local murder case.
read article

 

Rene Sandler obtains favorable result for client who will be referred to Patuxent Institution to serve his sentence.

  • Germantown Man Sentenced in Violent Robbery Spree
    Germantown.Patch.com • July 1, 2011 • read article

 

Recent Appellate Cases

  • Rene Sandler wins reversal and new trial for client in religious freedom case in Maryland. Alexander Neustadter v. Holy Cross Hospital, Maryland Court of Appeals.
  • Rene Sandler raises important religious issue in Court of Special Appeals.
    MDDailyRecord.com • read article
  • Culture clash in the ICUWas life-support denied to Shoah survivor?
    WashingtonJewishWeek.com • November 4, 2009 • read article
  • Md. Court of Special Appeals rules trial court efficiency trumps Jewish holiday
    AllBusiness.com • October 26, 2009 • read article
  • Rory Leftwich v. State of Maryland
    March 19, 2007 • read article

Washingtonian Top Lawyers
Rene Sandler was named to Washingtonian Magazine's Top Lawyers list for 2015.
Ms. Sandler is the only female criminal defense attorney selected from Montgomery County, Maryland. Ms. Sandler was previously named to Washingtonian Magazine's Top 30 Superstar Attorneys in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Super Lawyers
Rene Sandler named
as one of the Best Attorneys
in America
2015.

Super Lawyers
Rene Sandler was named to Maryland SuperLawyers Top 50 Women 2011-2017 and Top 100 Lawyers 2011-2017.

Super Lawyers
Published in Maryland Super Lawyers 2014 - January 2014

The Humanizer
Criminal defense attorney Rene Sandler has one job: defend
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Washingtonian Top Lawyers
Rene Sandler named to Washingtonian Magazine's Best Lawyers for 2014. Rene Sandler has consistently been named each year as a top criminal defense attorney in Washingtonian Magazine's list of the area's best lawyers.

Top 30 Best Lawyers
Rene Sandler named to Washingtonian Magazine's
TOP 30 BEST LAWYERS "SUPERSTARS" of the legal community.

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Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney, Rene Sandler
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