CW's client, Dr. Mark Ridley-Thomas, will remain out on bail pending appeal

October 2023

CW is pleased to announce that the U.S. Attorney's Office has approved Dr. Mark Ridley-Thomas's request for bail while his appeal is pending before the Ninth Circuit. Although Dr. Ridley-Thomas had been slated to begin a 3 1/2-year prison sentence next month, he was granted continued release on bond pending appeal after the defense team—led by CW partners Alyssa Bell and Michael Schafler—filed a motion for bail. After reviewing the motion, which cited the numerous merits of Dr. Ridley Thomas's appeal, the USAO agreed to submit a joint request to the court. 


"The agreement between the parties establishes that Dr. Ridley Thomas's appeal to the Ninth Circuit will present at least one 'substantial question of law or fact' that would call into question his conviction and sentence," Bell said in a statement. "We continue to believe that Dr. Ridley Thomas's appeal will present exceptionally strong issues." The case has generated significant coverage from the Los Angeles press, including the L.A. Times. 


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