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John Vincent Saykanic

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John Vincent Saykanic concentrates on criminal and civil litigation, including motion and appellate practice. Mr. Saykanic began his career on the case of United States v. Accetturo, in which 20 alleged members of the "Lucchese Family" were acquitted of racketeering charges after a two-year federal trial. The trial is depicted in the 2006 Sidney Lumet film Find Me Guilty and in the book The Boys From New Jersey by Robert Rudolph.

High-profile clients that Mr. Saykanic has successfully represented range from organized crime figures to politicians, from murder defendants to the "New Jersey Weedman," to one of the defendants in the "Glen Ridge" case (obtaining a reversal of the forcible rape count).
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United States v. Teresa and Joe Giudice
Click here to watch Mr. Saykanic's appearance with Mr. Simmons on Crier Today

Click here to watch television segments of Mr. Saykanic following the dismissal of the murder indictment and Mr. Simmons' release after serving 23 years in prison.

Click here to watch excerpts from Mr. Saykanic's appearance on Court TV's Nancy Grace: Closing Arguments.

Click here to watch Mr. Saykanic interviewed in the documentary Ed Forchion "The New Jersey Weedman": First Amendment Activist; the documentary was made after a federal judge ordered Mr. Forchion's release from jail.
Click here to view and hear Mr. Saykanic's winning argument before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Lyons v. Township of Wayne held on September 27, 2005 (decided on December 28, 2005).
Click here to watch television segments of Mr. Saykanic following the dismissal of the forcible rape count and sentencing in the "Glen Ridge" case (including the Today show).

Mr. Saykanic presently is co-counsel for Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice (of the Real Housewives of New Jersey TV show) in his pending federal and state trials.

Mr. Saykanic has won cases at every level of courts in New Jersey (federal and state), including the following published opinions: the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit--Simmons v. Beyer, 44 F .3d 1160 (3d Cir. 1995) (murder conviction reversed due to possible Batson violation); the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey--including Forchion v. Intensive Supervised Parole, 240 F.Supp. 302 (D.N.J. 2003) (judge found that the State had violated the First Amendment rights of Edward "The New Jersey Weedman" Forchion and ordered him released from jail) and Kontakis v. Beyer, 19 F .3d 110 (3d Cir. 1994) (judge reversed murder conviction due to unconstitutional jury charge); the New Jersey Supreme Court--Lyons v. Township of Wayne, 185  N.J.  426 (2005) (Supreme Court accepted "continuing nuisance" argument and reinstated complaint against Township) and State v. DeLuzio, 136 N.J. 363 (1994) (Supreme Court reversed gambling conviction of Watley and indictment dismissed since the pyramid scheme did not constitute an illegal lottery); and the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division--including State v. Grant, 254 N.J.Super. 571 (App. Div. 1992) (murder conviction reversed due to jury misconduct); State v. Scherzer, 301 N.J.Super. 363 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 151 N.J. 466 (1997) (Court reversed forcible rape conviction); State v. Riley, 306 N.J.Super. 141 (App. Div. 1997) (first-degree robbery conviction reversed); State v. Stampone, 341 N.J.Super. 247 (App. Div. 2001) (charges dismissed as police officer had no right to conduct a Terry stop); State v. Simmons, 331 N.J.Super. 512 (App. Div. 2000) (homicide indictment dismissed); and State v. Colon, 360 N.J.Super. 101 (App. Div. 2003) ("home invasion" robbery conviction reversed).

Mr. Saykanic has obtained reversals in the following unpublished Appellate Division cases: State v. Michael Coppola (App. Div. 2010; defendant's aggravated manslaughter and attempted aggravated sexual assault convictions and 27 year sentence reversed due to an improper jury instruction, improper summation by the prosecutor, and improper evidentiary rulings); State v. Robert Stemmer (App. Div. 1994; aggravated manslaughter conviction reversed); State v. John Tell (App. Div. 1994; sentence under the "drug kingpin" statute reversed); State v. Robert Pietraszewski(App. Div. 2001; convictions for possession of weapon for unlawful purpose and burglary while armed for holding wife hostage with shotgun and standoff with police reversed); and State v. Richard D. Henry (App. Div. 2006; conviction for selling crack cocaine to detective reversed).

Mr. Saykanic has won the following unpublished cases in the Law Division: State v. Omar Shabazz (Law Div. 1991; sentence of life plus 23 to 32 years reversed and Mr. Shabazz released from prison); State v. G.A. (Law Division; decided April 14, 2010): after three years of litigation and evidentiary hearings, the Honorable Marilyn C. Clark, P.J.Cr. granted defendant's post-conviction relief application (and vacated his conviction) on the ground that he had not been properly advised as to the immigration consequences of his plea; State v. Blazo Maksic (Law Div. 2005; convictions for drunk driving and refusal reversed); State v. Rosendo DeDios (Law Div. 2005; Judge accepted argument that third-time drunk driving offender should be permitted to serve his entire 180-day jail sentence on consecutive weekends); State v. R.P. (Law Div. 2003; Judge reversed defendant's DWI conviction and leaving the scene of an accident due to the failure to provide a proper English translation at trial); State v. A.K. (Law Div. March 7, 2003; Judge reversed defendant's conviction for harassment for mailing fake "anthrax" based upon insufficient evidence); State v. C.D. (Law Div. 2007; Judge dismissed drunk driving conviction due to a violation of defendant's speedy trial rights); and In the Matter of J.M. (Law Div., decided May 7, 2007; inmate confined pursuant to the Sexually Violent Predator Act ordered released from the Special Treatment Unit to a nursing facility). Mr. Saykanic has also won many municipal cases and municipal appeals.

Mr. Saykanic graduated from the University of Pennsylvania cum laude. He graduated from Tulane Law School, and also studied at Oxford, England.
Mr. Saykanic served as the Passaic City Prosecutor from 1991 through 1994. He has argued more than fifty times in the Superior Court, Appellate Division; four times before the New Jersey Supreme Court; and six times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

To view descriptions of 60 notable cases that Mr. Saykanic has handled, please click here.