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Criminal Defense News 02/2006



What's at heart of Enron case, accounting or 'lies and choices'? (International Herald Tribune)
The government and the defense in the criminal trial of the two central figures at Enron outlined widely different approaches to their cases during opening statements here on Tuesday, with the prosecutors eschewing arcane financial detail and the defense embracing it.

Lawyers tussle over blame in Enron collapse (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Prosecutors accused former Enron Corp. chief executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling of lying to cover up their company's crumbling finances, but defense attorneys said crooked underlings destroyed the energy trading giant in opening arguments of the two men's criminal trial on Tuesday.

Enron Defense: No Evidence Books Cooked (AP via Yahoo! News)
Former Enron Corp. chiefs are seeking much more than a "not guilty" in the government's premier criminal trial to emerge from the company's stunning collapse. They want to exonerate Enron, too.

Enron Defense: No Evidence Books Cooked (ABC News)
Enron Defense Lawyers Argue That There's No Evidence Books Were Cooked

Hussein defense boycotts closed session (CNN.com)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A closed session of Saddam Hussein's trial was held Wednesday amid a boycott by the defense team, which is demanding the removal of the chief judge, claiming he is biased against the former Iraqi leader.

Saddam trial delayed amid boycott by defense lawyers (International Herald Tribune)
The start of a new session of Saddam Hussein's trial was delayed Wednesday as his defense lawyers boycotted the proceedings, demanding a new chief judge be removed because of alleged bias against the former Iraqi leader.

Enron defense opens with both barrels (USATODAY.com via Yahoo! News)
The blockbuster criminal trial of former Enron chiefs Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling is about lies, not numbers, a federal prosecutor told jurors Tuesday, launching the much-awaited case against the scandal-ridden company's former corporate titans.

Man found with body in van has lengthy criminal record (Reading Eagle/Reading Times)
Bryan S. Galvin, whom police said was pulled over Tuesday morning in a stolen van with a dead body in the back, has a lengthy criminal record.

Enron defense: Collapse not a criminal case (The Pueblo Chieftain Online)
HOUSTON - Lawyers for former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling insisted Tuesday the men were guilty of no crimes, arguing the company was never infested with fraud and instead fell victim to a sudden crisis of market confidence. Lay and Skilling were pioneers in the energy trading industry who deeply loved their company - which stands to this day, Lay lawyer Michael Ramsey

Enron's Koenig Contradicts Lay's Defense of Being Uninvolved (Bloomberg.com)
Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- A former Enron Corp. executive testified that ex-chairman Kenneth Lay was ``highly involved'' in the company's daily management, even after he stepped down as chief executive, contradicting part of Lay's defense.

Husband may be laying ground for insanity defense (The MetroWest Daily News)
If a British newspaper report that Neil Entwistle called his father-in-law claiming he was "confused" and did not know how he got to England are true, he could be laying the groundwork for an insanity defense.

Media is not an ‘axis of evil’ (Jewish World Review)
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I've had it with criminal defense attorneys blaming the media for their clients' woes. It's never the evidence, or the facts, or even the prosecutors. Instead, it's always the media.

Husband may be laying ground for insanity defense (Milford Daily News)
If a British newspaper report that Neil Entwistle called his father-in-law claiming he was "confused" and did not know how he got to England are true, he could be laying the groundwork for an insanity defense.

Enron: Defense set to cross-examine (CNN Money)
The first witness in the trial of Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay and former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling is due to resume his testimony Thursday.

Defense begins presenting case in 2002 killings (The Woodland Daily Democrat Online)
After more than two months in trial, defense attorneys in the Halloween homicide trial had the opportunity on Wednesday to begin presenting their case to jurors.

Former Dept. of Defense Contractor Pleads Guilty to Participating in Bribery,Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme in (U.S. Newswire via Yahoo! News)
Robert J. Stein, a former U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) contractor, pleaded guilty today to charges of conspiracy, bribery, money laundering, unlawful possession of machine guns, and being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with a scheme to defraud the Coalition Provisional Authority - South Central Region (CPA- SC) in Al-Hillah, Iraq, Assistant Attorney General Alice

New state policy limiting criminal psychiatric beds has local officials upset (Waco Tribune-Herald)
Area officials are once again decrying the state's approach to mental health care as they grapple with a new policy that will place more of the burden of caring for mentally ill criminal defendants on local jurisdictions.

There Was No Evil at Enron; Just Ask Lay, Skilling: Ann Woolner (Bloomberg.com)
Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- It should come as no surprise that the two men who ran one of the most audacious companies in the world would mount the most audacious of defenses in their criminal trial.

CAPITOL MURDER (Book Reporter)
Ben Kincaid, known as Tulsa, Oklahoma's finest criminal defense attorney, is back! William Bernhardt has had quite a run with Kincaid, whose hapless personal life is incongruous with his highly qualified, if not financially rewarding, law practice.

Court: Presence of Camera Alone Doesn't Require Reversal (Law.com)
An appeals court in Albany, N.Y., ruled Thursday that the allowance of cameras in a criminal trial without the consent of the defendant does not automatically require reversal.

Some confessions the government alleges it got from Jose Padilla (Gainesville Sun)
ome admissions made by accused terror operative Jose Padilla during his 3 1/2 years of military custody that are not included in the criminal indictment against him, according to Defense Department and Justice Department documents.

Robert Blake Seeks Bankruptcy Protection (Los Angeles Times)
Actor Robert Blake, who last year stood trial on both criminal and civil charges in connection with the 2001 slaying of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, filed for bankruptcy Friday.

Book Reviews: Opinionated book preserves Darrow's image as a quick-witted doubter (Tennessean)
In 1925, Chicago lawyer Clarence Darrow swept into Tennessee to champion evolution and debunk traditional religion as attorney for the defense in the Scopes Monkey Trial.

Lawyers Hint at Possible Libby Defense (Los Angeles Times)
A preoccupation with affairs of state may have led to 'imperfect recall' in the CIA leak, the defense says. But it could be a risky strategy.

Former attorney faces U.S. indictment (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A former criminal defense lawyer was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on four charges related to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Libby's defense points to distraction (Baltimore Sun)
Ex-Cheney aide says he didn't recall Plame discussions fully because of focus on work As chief of staff to one of the most powerful figures on Earth, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was immersed in some of the most sensitive and weighty matters affecting the nation.

Defense lawyers form group (Wausau Daily Herald)
Criminal defense attorneys who practice in Marathon County have formed an association aimed at giving them greater input on issues related to the justice system.

Rutledge denounces U.S. judge (Honolulu Advertiser)
Rankled by more delays in his long-running federal criminal case, former Hawai'i labor leader Anthony "Tony" Rutledge yesterday accused a U.S. District judge of "prejudging" him and entering into "a conspiracy with the former prosecutor."

City lawyer takes issue with judge (Portsmouth Herald)
PORTSMOUTH - Steve Jeffco’s criminal defense practice is so well known locally, it has earned him the unofficial street slogan, "Don’t blow (a Breathalyzer), call Jeffco."

Former attorney faces U.S. indictment (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A former criminal defense lawyer was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on four charges related to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Former attorney faces U.S. indictment (Lexington Herald-Leader)
A former criminal defense lawyer was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on four charges related to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Veteran cop seeks House seat (The Daily Sentinel)
A Mesa County criminal investigator aims to take his law enforcement experience to Denver.

Briefing: Sunnis again warn of war (Pioneer Press)
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Sunni politicians warned of civil war Saturday after the bullet-riddled bodies of 14 Sunni Arab men were found in Baghdad — apparently the latest victims of sectarian death squads. A ministry official, Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Kamal, said the men were shot multiple times, then dumped in the back of a truck in northern Baghdad late Friday. He called the killings a criminal act. Khalaf

Wecht indictment not issue in Hugo’s trial (Times Leader)
Mention of Dr. Cyril Wecht’s criminal indictment should not surface if the nationally renowned forensic pathologist testifies at Hugo Selenski’s double-homicide trial, a defense attorney and former prosecutor said.

Raid prevents suspect monitoring (Anchorage Daily News)
A small number of criminal defendants wearing ankle bracelets while out on bail are facing jail after the company charged with keeping track of them had its offices raided by FBI agents.

Briefing: Sunnis again warn of war (Pioneer Press)
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Sunni politicians warned of civil war Saturday after the bullet-riddled bodies of 14 Sunni Arab men were found in Baghdad — apparently the latest victims of sectarian death squads. A ministry official, Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Kamal, said the men were shot multiple times, then dumped in the back of a truck in northern Baghdad late Friday. He called the killings a criminal act. Khalaf

Criminal, civil charges filed over finite 'scheme' (Business Insurance)
NORFOLK, Va.—Are there bigger fish to fry? That is the question now looming after federal jury criminal indictments were handed down and a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit was filed last week against former General Re Corp. and American International Group Inc. officials, say observers.

LOCAL NEWS (Alamogordo Daily News)
District Judge James Waylon Counts decided Saturday to allow jurors to receive instructions on self-defense, forcible felonies and voluntary manslaughter in the trial of a boy charged with killing his family.

Harleton senior perseveres; plans career as defense lawyer (The Marshall News Messenger)
Harleton High School senior Erica LaForge has experienced a lot in her life. But through it all, she found solace in two things – education and singing gospel.

Ryan defense off to puzzling start (Quad-City Times)
CHICAGO (AP) — “To a special boss,” read the Christmas card received by George Ryan.

Court: Presence of Camera Alone Doesn't Require Reversal (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In a much-anticipated decision, an Albany, N.Y., appeals court ruled Thursday that the allowance of cameras in a criminal trial without a defendant's consent does not automatically require reversal.

CONTRACTS AWARDED (Washington Post)
AT&T Government Solutions Inc. of Vienna won a $95.4 million contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency to provide information technology services.

Defense wants jury to view crime scene in upcoming murder trial (North Platte Bulletin)
The attorney for a North Platte man accused of murder wants him to have a fair trial.

Ryan defense's start puzzling to some (The State Journal-Register)
CHICAGO - "To a special boss," read the Christmas card received by George Ryan.

Administration's Defense of Spying Program to Get Fresh Scrutiny (WOAI)
WASHINGTON - As he addressed the world for the first time about a highly classified eavesdropping program, President Bush made one aspect of the effort seemingly crystal clear: The government was engaging in warrantless surveillance only when the conversations involved people with "links to al-Qaida and related terrorist organizations."

An Enron-style defense (CNN Money)
The first thing you notice is that the courtroom is far smaller than you'd expect. The business trial of the century ought to play out on a grand stage. But the trial of Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling is unfolding inside a theater that can only be described as intimate.

Blake Bankrupt (E! Online)
Baretta is broke. Robert Blake filed for bankruptcy Friday, just two and a half months after a civil jury ordered the actor to pay $30 million in damages for the wrongful death of his slain wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. Blake, 72, was acquitted of Bakley's murder in criminal court last March. "If you want to know how to go through $10 million in five years, ask me," he told reporters outside the

Blake Bankrupt (E! Online)
Baretta is broke. Robert Blake filed for bankruptcy Friday, just two and a half months after a civil jury ordered the actor to pay $30 million in damages for the wrongful death of his slain wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. Blake, 72, was acquitted of Bakley's murder in criminal court last March. "If you want to know how to go through $10 million in five years, ask me," he told reporters outside the

ICTR Genocide Witness Claims Duress, Switches to Defense (AllAfrica.com)
The prosecution team in the Genocide case against a former Rwandan commune burgomestre (mayor) at a UN genocide tribunal, last Friday asked court to ignore a testimony by a witness. He had decided to retract his earlier evidence against the accused.

Former Enron exec sobs on witness stand (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A key prosecution witness testifying against his once-powerful bosses at Enron Corp. broke down in tears on Monday after a defense lawyer accused him of lying to try to protect himself and questioned him about his children.




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