Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
A former assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted one of the city’s most high-profile murder cases is under investigation by the D.C. Bar after he pleaded guilty last year to failure to pay child support. Oscar Mayers Jr. was the lead prosecutor in the Brianna Blackmond case and won a homicide conviction against the toddler’s godmother, Angela O’Brien, back in 2001. In pleading to the misdemeanor, Mayers, who joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1987, admitted that he presented copies of altered checks to D.C. Superior Court in an attempt to make it look like he made child support payments that he had not in fact made. Court papers say Mayers owed more than $5,000 in child support payments. Mayers resigned from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in September 2004 before pleading guilty. Prior to being sentenced, Mayers suffered a severe stroke. He was ultimately given probation. His attorney, Steven Salky, a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder, declined to comment on the case, as did the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Peter Taylor, who was co-counsel on the Blackmond case with Mayers and is now counsel with Schertler & Onorato, says he was surprised to hear about Mayers’ troubles. “He was a great guy to work with. I learned a lot from him,” he says. D.C. Bar Counsel Wallace “Gene” Shipp says Salky was formally notified of the charges last month and a hearing committee has not yet been assigned to the case. The type of discipline Mayers could face will not be known until after the committee considers the case.
Bethany Broida can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.