Case Results

With more than 30 years of legal experience and 17 years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender, Bob handled over a thousand criminal cases in Federal District Court including homicide, assault, fraud, bank robbery, and criminal immigration.  He has served as lead attorney in over 40 jury trials.  He has extensive experience in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, having argued 4 to 5 cases a year, several of which resulted in published opinions. Attorney McWhirter handled numerous cases involving complex jurisdictional issues while representing Native Americans from various Indian reservations.  See some of his case results below. 

  • Overturned on Appeal Felony Possession of Firearm
    United States v. Henderson, 993 F.2d 187 (9 th Cir. 1993) ...
  • Charges Reduced Second-Degree Murder
    United States v. Paul , 37 F.3d 496 (9 th Cir. 1994). Resulted ...
  • Overturned on Appeal Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
    Ray v. Carmona , 446 F.3d 1000 (9 th Cir. 2006). Resulted in ...
  • Not Guilty Assault
    United States v. Marvin D. Charges - aggravated assault and ...
  • Case Dismissed Reentry After Deportation
    United States v. Julio N. – Reentry after deportation. Result: ...
  • Case Dismissed Drug Trafficking
    United States v. Valenzuela-C. – Trial for Importation of 40 ...
  • Involuntary Manslaughter Second Degree Murder
    United States v. Psalm M.
  • Not Guilty Attempted Sexual Assault
    United States v. Ardell C.
  • Not Guilty Bank Robbery
    United States v. Dwayne T.
  • Not Guilty Aggravated Sexual Assault
    United States v. Gilbert R.
  • Not Guilty Capital 1st Degree Murder
    State of Arizona v. Pedro M.