|Ball & Hase, P.C.
||Attorney/President (1987 to present)
Practice limited to criminal defense, trial and appellate in State and Federal Courts. Over 250 jury trials including numerous high profile cases, death penalty trials, white collar crimes, narcotics offense, intoxicated driving, property offense, crimes against children, and computer crimes, including the largest Internet Child Pornography case tried in the United States.
|Tarrant County District Attorneys Office
||Asst Criminal Dist. Attorney (1980-1987)
attorney involving prosecution of misdemeanors and felony cases
(including death penalty cases). Duties included Felony Court
Chief, and Chief of the Misdemeanor and Juvenile Trial Divisions,
involving supervisory duties and liaison with local television,
radio and print media.
|Supreme Court of Texas
|United States Supreme Court
|United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
|United States District Court, Northern District Texas
Board Certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law.
Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Since 1985).
Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine every year since 2008 (awarded to less than 5% of attorneys.)
Rated by colleagues in the Martindale Hubbell publication as AV Preeminent (highest professional rating.)
Rated Superb by the AVVO rating system at 9.9 out of 10.0.
First recipient of Roland Hill Outstanding Achievement Award: Award issued by
the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Professional
Colleagues). Equivalent to an “Oscar” for criminal
defense trial work.
Numerous acquittal verdicts, including driving while intoxicated client
with a .32 blood alcohol test (nearly 4 times legal limit),
and police officer “date rape” case.
Frequent lecturer and commentator on criminal law subjects to media and
professional colleagues: Lecturer at criminal law seminars on
criminal law subjects including computer crimes, driving while
intoxicated, ethics, dealing with the media as a criminal defense
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member.
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member & Past Member of Board of Directors.
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, Member & Past President.
Arlington, Texas Bar Association.
|Texas Tech University School of Law
||Doctor of Jurisprudence 1980
|Texas Tech University
||Bachelor of Arts 1977
||Major: Political Science
||Minor: Speech Communications
Numerous interviews with local and national media, including news magazine shows e.g. Snapped, Inside Edition, BBC Television, CBS Morning News, Tech TV, Investigative Reports, Dallas-Fort Worth ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates.
Media work has included a number of news programs, including news magazine shows concerning trial of the largest child pornography prosecution in the United States involving Internet based pornography website that snared “Who” rock star Pete Townshend. Interest included interviews for People magazine.
Other news interviews and news magazine shows included Jack Reeves, accused of murdering his three wives over a number of years. The last wife was a Philipino “mail-order bride“. The Reeves case garnered national media attention. Appearances included Inside Edition, The CBS Morning News with Connie Chung, Investigative Reports and many other programs.
Trial work has involved trials of a dozen death penalty cases in Texas, the most prolific death penalty state. These cases included*:
Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda: Currently representing this defendant indicted for participating in the contract murder of a Mexican drug cartel lawyer. The lawyer represented Osiel Cardenas, head of the Gulf Cartel and was shot to death in his Range Rover in a public shopping center parking lot in Southlake, Texas.
Christopher Wilkins: Mr. Wilkins was accused of the Fort Worth murders of three persons. At his trial, in bizarre testimony, Mr. Wilkins admitted the murders and told the jury that he was undecided on the death penalty, as he believed they must be. He told the jury if they wanted the Judge to “get a rope”, then he should “get a rope.” Mr. Wilkins testified about his efforts to escape from jail and a number of other bizarre events.
Julius Robinson: Federal Death penalty defendant accused of engaging in major narcotics trafficking. Testimony showed that Mr. Robinson either killed or participated in killing three individuals whom he believed to be involved in the narcotics trade. Two of the people killed were not the people they were thought by Robinson to be. The weapon used on two of the killings was an AK-47 that at one point was being fired at a moving vehicle on a major freeway in downtown Dallas.
James Bigby: Mr. Bigby was accused in the killings of four people including the drowning of an infant in a sink of water. Mr. Bigby was clearly, by all accounts, severely mentally ill and believed that the Frito-Lay Company was in a vast conspiracy to do him harm. At Mr. Bigby’s death penalty trial during a recess, he obtained a handgun from the bench of the trial judge and made his way to the judge’s office and pointed the weapon at him. Mr. Bigby was subdued and the trial judge was unharmed.
Aaron Foust: Mr. Foust was accused of the murder of a gay local hospital administrator by strangulation in a robbery of his home. During the trial, Mr. Foust remarked while the prosecutor was having the court-reporter mark bottles of liquor that had been stolen in the robbery as exhibits, “killing makes you thirsty.” Mr. Foust, following his conviction, told the local media that he killed Mr. Ward because he was queer and he owed him money. Mr. Foust declined all appeals saying that his joys in life were sex and drugs and where he was going, he would get neither. Mr. Foust has been executed.
Heliberto Chi: Mr. Chi was convicted of a murder during the robbery of a men’s clothing store. Wes Ball handled appeals that ended up in the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Chi was a citizen of Honduras and Wes’ work included meetings with the Honduran Ambassador and other officials who traveled to Texas in the last minute, unsuccessful efforts to save Mr. Chi from execution. The efforts to save Mr. Chi included work at the 11th hour up to just a few hours before his execution. The case involved violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations due to violations of that treaty by US officials in Mr. Chi’s arrest.
*additional death penalty case descriptions upon request
Other non-death penalty case of notoriety:
Trial of the largest Internet Child Pornography case in the United States. Case was covered Nationally by the media. Client’s website resulted in numerous collateral investigations, including the arrest of “Who” rock guitarist Pete Townshend. Interviews included BBC program aired prime time in the United Kingdom and interviews quoted in People Magazine.
The largest luggage theft in U. S. airport history from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Over one-million dollars in luggage and content stolen and sold at a local flea market. (Extensive media coverage including 20/20).
Driving while intoxicated case based on client’s use of Ambien and “sleep-driving.” Charge of driving while intoxicated was dismissed. (Extensive media coverage).
During employment as prosecutor, prosecuted case involving stabbing of 101-year-old woman by a 10-year-old boy. Boy was the youngest person sent to the Texas juvenile prison following his conviction. During cross-examination of the boy, jury saw he had his fingers crossed in his lap while answering Wes’ questions. (Extensive media coverage including New York Times).
Defended a Fort Worth Police Officer accused of spanking girl on bare buttocks who was briefly detained after discovery of her sexual liaison with her male companion in a local park. The case was tried with a jury and the Officer was convicted.
Recently defended young man accused of impersonating a police officer who had initiated traffic stops. Advised local media that codefendant whose case was scheduled for court on Halloween against wearing police costume.
Defended young man who during an airline flight from Denver to Dallas-Fort Worth, opened the door to the airplane while in flight during the approach to Dallas. The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives was on the flight. When asked why he wanted to open the door, the gentleman, who was clearly severely mentally ill advised that he wanted to go into the other room. The Federal charge of interfering with a flight was dismissed.