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Corey Moore did it again. On June 15, after a three-month trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, a jury acquitted Moore on charges involving illegal drugs, firearms possession, and conspiracy in connection with a D.C. narcotics ring. The so-called Teflon defendant has escaped conviction numerous times over the past two decades, including on three separate murder charges, assault with intent to kill, and armed robbery. In all those cases he was either acquitted, granted a mistrial, or the charges were dropped. Moore’s only conviction came in 1995, on a weapons charge. In recent years, Moore, 30, has turned his street smarts into a paying gig as an investigator for criminal defendants. Government prosecutors had hoped this case would put Moore away. But defense lawyer Jonathan Zucker says his client won for the same reasons he has in the past: a lack of sufficient evidence. “Were it not for his history, he would never have been charged,” Zucker says. Moore’s co-defendant Timothy Thomas was not so lucky. The jury convicted him of drug and conspiracy charges. Jurors were still deliberating Friday about a third defendant, Frederick Miller.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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