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Young tops Campbell defense list (Pulse-Journal)
ATLANTA — Andrew Young, the former Atlanta mayor, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and one of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest aides, will be one of the first witnesses called to defend Bill Campbell in his federal corruption trial.

Reed's defense rests without a single witness (Pioneer Press)
Jurors expecting a month of testimony in the trial of a Chicago man accused of killing St. Paul police officer James Sackett in 1970 watched defense attorneys abruptly rest their case Monday without calling a single witness.

Former Viking Eller charged with drunken driving (Fox Sports)
NFL Hall of Famer Carl Eller was charged Tuesday with drunken driving, and a prosecutor said the former Minnesota Viking likely faces probation and community service if convicted. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper clocked Eller driving at 97 mph in a 55-mph zone and reported him driving erratically on Interstate 394 in Golden Valley early Sunday, the criminal complaint said. The trooper pulled

Feds may add more charges in kickback scandal (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Federal authorities may add additional criminal charges against three men accused of a kickback scheme that the FBI alleges led to improperly lowered assessments for Eastman Kodak Co. property in Greece.

Young tops Campbell defense list (The Oxford Press)
ATLANTA — Andrew Young, the former Atlanta mayor, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and one of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest aides, will be one of the first witnesses called to defend Bill Campbell in his federal corruption trial.

Keel announces for Court of Criminal Appeals (Bandera Bulletin)
State Representative Terry Keel, R-Austin, recently filed in the Republican primary for place eight on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The position on the state's highest criminal court is a statewide race. The current incumbent is Charles Holcomb.

McCloskey gives plea of not guilty to bribery; councilman plans fund-raiser for his defense (The Toledo Blade)
Within hours of being fingerprinted and booked on bribery charges at the Lucas County jail, Toledo City Councilman Robert McCloskey said he would hold a fund-raiser to come up with the money for his legal defense.

Young tops Campbell defense list (The Western Star)
ATLANTA — Andrew Young, the former Atlanta mayor, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and one of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest aides, will be one of the first witnesses called to defend Bill Campbell in his federal corruption trial.

Saddam Asks: 'Where Is the Crime?' (AP via Yahoo! News)
Saddam Hussein told judges Wednesday that he ordered the trials of Shiites who eventually were executed in the 1980s and said their lands should be confiscated, but he insisted that those actions were not criminal.

Mother Takes Stand In Caged Kids Case (Cleveland - NewsNet5 via Yahoo! News)
Sharen Gravelle took the stand Wednesday in her own defense at the custody hearing over her adopted children, NewsChannel5 reported.

Saddam says executions weren't criminal (Houston Chronicle)
A defiant Saddam Hussein admitted in court today that he ordered the trial of 148 Shiites eventually executed in the 1980s, but he insisted that doing so was legal because they were suspected in an assassination attempt against him.

Hussein: Actions Not Criminal (Washington Post)
Saddam Hussein tells judges that he ordered the trials of Shiites who eventually were executed.

With no lawyer by her side, accused killer Susan Polk selects jury of her peers (CourtTV via Yahoo! News)
OLINDA, Calif. (Court TV) — A woman who claims she stabbed her husband to death in their $2 million home as an act of self-defense will be defending herself again, this time in an austere California courtroom where she is being tried for first-degree murder.

News: South Bend man who shot intruder, will not face criminal charges (WNDU 16)
South Bend, IN - Criminal charges will not be filed against a South Bend man who shot and killed an intruder. Back on February 5th, 29-year-old Phoenix Coalman attempted to rob 79-year-old Donald VanDusen in his home on North Brookfield.

Bill would establish panel to oversee Alabama's indigent defense (al.com)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A task force created to revamp Alabama's indigent defense system has proposed establishing an oversight commission to make sure poor defendants receive adequate representation and attorneys are held accountable for their work and spending.

Durham D.A. Candidate Defends Professional, Criminal Records (WRAL-TV 5 Raleigh)
Considered the political underdog in the race for Durham's next district attorney, Keith Bishop says it's time for a change. But as he looks to his political future, the candidate must also defend his past.

New, 6:57 p.m.: Defense attorneys in murder case ask for more time (The Daily Sentinel)
By EMILY MORRIS

Defense uses political tack in sex cases (Baltimore Sun)
Strategy says Naval Academy under pressure to file charges Attorneys for defendants charged with sexual harassment and assault at the Naval Academy and other military academies are attempting an unusual, and largely untested defense: that a crackdown on such crimes is politically motivated and has led to charges being filed in cases where it is not warranted.

Bill would establish panel to oversee Alabama's indigent defense (WPMI 15)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A task force created to revamp Alabama's indigent defense system has proposed establishing an oversight commission to make sure poor defendants receive adequate representation and attorneys are held accountable for their work and spending.

Attorney: Self-defense led to death (Penn State Collegian)
The attorney representing a State College man charged with the first- and third-degree murder of a Penn State student said yesterday that his client was acting in self-defense and should not be charged with first-degree murder.

Defense uses political tack in sex cases (Baltimore Sun)
Strategy says Naval Academy under pressure to file charges Attorneys for defendants charged with sexual harassment and assault at the Naval Academy and other military academies are attempting an unusual and largely untested defense: that a crackdown on such crimes is politically motivated and has led to charges being filed in cases where it is not warranted.

Defense uses political tack in sex cases (Baltimore Sun)
Strategy says Naval Academy under pressure to file charges Attorneys for defendants charged with sexual harassment and assault at the Naval Academy and other military academies are attempting an unusual and largely untested defense: that a crackdown on such crimes is politically motivated and has led to charges being filed in cases where it is not warranted.

Closing arguments begin in Latin Kings trial (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
A federal prosecutor described William "King Homicide" Sosa yesterday as a volatile and arrogant leader of a Latin Kings street gang who used murder, abductions and assaults to solidify his hold on the North Philadelphia-based criminal organization.

Self defense or loophole? (Bay News 9 Tampa Bay)
Hillsborough County's top cop has some concerns about Florida's self-defense law. Sheriff David Gee said the law that allows citizens to use deadly force in a public place to defend themselves has impacted a high profile criminal case, and could impact similar cases.

Teen pleads not guilty to killing prominent lawyer's wife (CourtTV via Yahoo! News)
MARTINEZ, Calif. (Court TV) — A teen accused of killing the wife of a prominent defense attorney and carving a ritualistic-looking symbol into her back pleaded not guilty today to murder charges.

Teen Scott Dyleski pleads not guilty to killing wife of prominent lawyer Daniel Horowitz (Court TV Online)
A teen accused of killing the wife of a prominent defense attorney and carving a ritualistic-looking symbol into her back pleaded not guilty today to murder charges.

Bill would allow citizens to better protect themselves (The South Alabamian)
"No Retreat" Bill I co-sponsored and strongly supported legislation recently to pass a "no retreat" bill. What this bill does is basically protects the victim instead of the criminal. It specifically relates to self-defense. A good example would be if someone was trying to break into your h

Sex allegations fly in Parker County primary race (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
In a mailer sent to about 7,500 residents last week, Judge Debra Dupont’s campaign contends that sworn testimony shows Jerry Buckner, a criminal defense attorney, “drank heavily and solicited a 15-year-old girl for sex” during a 1984 capital murder trial.

Board dedicates more than $500,000 to Orleans indigent defense (The Daily Comet)
The state board overseeing indigent defense dedicated more than $500,000 to public defenders in New Orleans, where income has dried up since Hurricane Katrina.

Top IDF brass outraged by officer's U.K travel ban (Haaretz Daily)
Senior Israel Defense Forces officers are outraged over the army's decision to prevent one of their number from traveling to Britain for fear he might be arrested as a war criminal, charging that leading Hamas terrorists now enjoy more freedom of movement than IDF officers.

Sex allegations fly in Parker County primary race 5:53 PM (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
In a mailer sent to about 7,500 residents, Judge Debra Dupont’s campaign contends that sworn testimony shows Jerry Buckner, a criminal defense attorney, “drank heavily and solicited a 15-year-old girl for sex” during a 1984 capital murder trial.

Harris Denies Campaign Funds Wrongdoing (AP via Yahoo! News)
U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris said Thursday she did not knowingly do anything wrong in her associations with a defense contractor who prosecutors say illegally funneled thousands of dollars to her campaign in 2004.

Attorneys: Cunningham judge 'tough sentencer' Related Story (North County Times)
When former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham stands before U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns today, he will be facing a judge who is perceived as a deliberate man who doesn't hesitate to hand down long sentences, criminal defense attorneys and a former U.S. prosecutor said Thursday.

Doctor indicted on sex charges (The Star-Ledger)
READINGTON:The indictment has just been handed up, but criminal sexual contact charges against a prominent local doctor already have sparked a heated argument between the defense attorney and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office.

Top brass angered by army's ban on officer's U.K. travel (Haaretz Daily)
Senior Israel Defense Forces officers are outraged over the army's decision to prevent one of their number from traveling to Britain for fear he might be arrested as a war criminal, charging that leading Hamas terrorists now enjoy more freedom of movement than IDF officers.

Board dedicates more than $500,000 to Orleans indigent defense (KPLC)
BATON ROUGE, La. The state board overseeing indigent defense dedicated more than 500-thousand dollars to public defenders in New Orleans, where income has dried up since Hurricane Katrina.

UN court lawyer, genocide suspect on wanted list: Rwandan official (AngolaPress)
DAR ES SALAAM, 03/03 - Rwanda`s representative to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has confirmed that a Rwandan lawyer recently appointed as defense counsel at the United Nations court is himself a major genocide suspect.

Ukrainian prosecutors open criminal case into deaths of two soldiers during military exercises (KYIV Post)
(AP) Ukrainian prosecutors on Friday opened a criminal case into the deaths of two soldiers by tank fire during a military exercise last year. The two died, and two other soldiers were injured, when a tank crew got disoriented during exercises last November and accidentally fired into a building.

Doctor indicted on sex charges (The Star-Ledger)
READINGTON:The indictment has just been handed up, but criminal sexual contact charges against a prominent local doctor already have sparked a heated argument between the defense attorney and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office.

Bill would let homeowners defend against criminals (Clark County Democrat)
‘No Retreat’ bill I co-sponsored and strongly supported legislation recently to pass a "no retreat" bill. What this bill does is basically protects the victim instead of the criminal. It specifically relates to self-defense.

IDF officers: We have less freedom than terrorists (Haaretz Daily)
Senior Israel Defense Forces officers are outraged over the army's decision to prevent one of their number from traveling to Britain for fear he might be arrested as a war criminal, charging that leading Hamas terrorists now enjoy more freedom of movement than IDF officers.

BREAKING NEWS: Cunningham Sentenced To 8 Years, 4 Months (KGTV TheSanDiegoChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham has been sentenced to 8 years, 4 months in prison for taking $2.4 million in bribes in return for unduly influencing the awarding of Defense Department contracts.

Art forger is painted out of a corner (International Herald Tribune)
After many years as an art forger, both criminal and legitimate, John Myatt has a thing or two to say about the vagaries of the art market.

Some Members of Congress Sent to Prison (AP via Yahoo! News)
Since the 1970s, more than a dozen members of Congress have been convicted in criminal court and sent to prison:

Attorneys: Cunningham judge 'tough sentencer' (North County Times)
When former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham stands before U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns today, he will be facing a judge who is perceived as a deliberate man who doesn't hesitate to hand down long sentences, criminal defense attorneys and a former U.S. prosecutor said Thursday.

Cunningham Sentenced to More Than 8 Years (Washington Post)
SAN DIEGO, March 3 -- Former House member Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a decorated Vietnam fighter pilot who admitted taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors, was sentenced Friday to eight years and four months in federal prison for selling his office.

Pentagon Releases Detainees' Names (Washington Post)
Defense Department officials yesterday released the names and personal information of about 315 current and former detainees at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison, publicly disclosing that information for the first time since the facility opened in early 2002.

After Stint of Crime, Art Forger Sells Genuine Fakes (New York Times)
After many years as an art forger, both criminal and legitimate, John Myatt has a thing or two to say about the vagaries of the art market.

Pentagon Releases Detainees' Names (Washington Post)
Defense Department officials yesterday released the names and personal information of about 315 current and former detainees of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison, publicly disclosing that information for the first time since the facility opened in early 2002.

Agent, lawyer say client fears for his career (Centre Daily Times)
An agent and a lawyer who represent Scott Paxson offered a vigorous defense Friday of the former Penn State football player. They said in interviews that Paxson, 23, has maintained that he is innocent of the criminal assault charges filed this week.




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