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Cochran Firm Splits in Two (Law.com)
The Los Angeles-based Cochran Law Firm is splitting in two. Starting today, its 15-attorney criminal defense division will officially become Imhoff & Associates.

Cochran Firm Splits in Two (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The Los Angeles-based Cochran Law Firm is splitting in two. Starting today, its 15-attorney criminal defense division will become Imhoff & Associates, headed by managing partner Vincent Imhoff, a former public defender from Chicago.

Premier Criminal Law Firm Launching Across the United States (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Imhoff & Associates, PC, a criminal law firm serving clients within the United States from coast-to-coast, is one of the largest criminal law firms in the nation.

County DA candidates trade barbs: Lacy says opponent is a carpetbagger; Pierson cites DA's lack of crucial law (Tahoe Daily Tribune)
STATELINE In five questions, including one from a criminal defense attorney, candidates for El Dorado County district attorney stated their differences before the mango-glazed chutney chicken arrived at a Wednesday lunch forum.

Alabama Self-Defense Law In Effect (WTVM 9)
If you use a weapon in self-defense in Alabama, you can escape arrest thanks to a new state law. Some people have mixed feelings about it. "I think it's a good law, but I think someone's going to take advantage of it," said Michael Holloway, a resident of Opelika.

Alabama Self-Defense Law In Effect (WTVM 9)
If you use a weapon in self-defense in Alabama, you can escape arrest thanks to a new state law. Some people have mixed feelings about it. "I think it's a good law, but I think someone's going to take advantage of it," said Michael Holloway, a resident of Opelika.

Marines to face charges in Iraqi's death (AP via Yahoo! News)
Military prosecutors plan to file murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges against seven Marines and a Navy corpsman in the shooting death of an Iraqi man in April, a defense lawyer said Thursday.

Investigators of Haditha Shootings Look to Exhume Bodies (Washington Post)
Criminal investigators are hoping to exhume the bodies of several Iraqi civilians allegedly gunned down by a group of U.S. Marines last year in the city of Haditha, aiming to recover potentially important forensic evidence, according to defense officials familiar with the investigation.

R. KELLY CHILD PORN TRIAL UPDATE: Defense and prosecution ask judge to bar viewing of sex tape (Eurweb)
*There's been movement in the R. Kelly sex trial. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that yesterday prosecutors and defense lawyers asked a judge to bar the public from viewing a videotape allegedly showing the singer having sex with an underage girl.

Marines to face charges in Iraqi's death (AP via Yahoo! News)
Seven Marines and a Navy corpsman could face murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges as early as Friday in the shooting death of an Iraqi man, a defense attorney said.

Rumsfeld says probe will deliver answers on Haditha (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Friday expressed confidence in an investigation by U.S. Marines into the killing of Iraqi civilians at Haditha, saying "we will soon know the answers."

Gonzalez says no criminal,  civil immunity for Marcoses (The Manila Times)
JUSTICE Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez said extending criminal and civil immunity to the Marcos family in exchange for their alleged ill-gotten wealth in an out-of-court settlement is not within the bounds of the law.

Rumsfeld defends troops' training, conduct (AP via Yahoo! News)
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Friday defended the training and conduct of U.S. troops and said incidents like an alleged massacre of Iraqi civilians shouldn't happen.

NY Lawyers Honored for Work With the Disadvantaged (New York Lawyer)
Three attorneys, one pro bono program director and a nonprofit organization will receive the biennial 2006 Denison Ray Awards for providing outstanding civil or criminal defense legal services to low-income or disadvantaged clients at the 2006 Legal Assistance Partnership Conference at the Marriott Hotel in Albany on Wednesday.

Defense attorney: U.S. troops to face murder charges in Iraqi's death (WOAI)
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Seven Marines and a Navy corpsman could face murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges as early as Friday in the shooting death of an Iraqi man, a defense attorney said.

U.S. troops cleared in Ishaqi raid probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
A military investigation into allegations that U.S. troops intentionally killed Iraqi civilians in a March 15 raid in a village north of Baghdad has cleared the troops of misconduct, two defense officials said Friday.

Prosecution rests in Zomax trial (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Lawyers for two former top executives at Zomax Inc. asked a federal judge Friday to toss out much of the criminal case against the pair. After federal prosecutors rested their case in the insider-trading trial of ex-Zomax Chief Executive Jim Anderson and his wife, Michelle Bedard-Anderson, defense attorneys said the government had failed to prove much of its indictment. Prosecutors charged the

Rumsfeld defends troops' training, conduct (AP via Yahoo! News)
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Friday defended the training and conduct of U.S. troops and said incidents like an alleged massacre of Iraqi civilians shouldn't happen.

Marijuana group not high on Patriot Act (Aspen Daily News)
America's war on terror is leaving some criminal defense attorneys dazed and confused.

U.S. troops cleared in Ishaqi raid probe (AP via Yahoo! News)
A military investigation into allegations that U.S. troops intentionally killed Iraqi civilians in a March 15 raid in a village north of Baghdad has cleared the troops of misconduct, two defense officials said Friday.

Libby Suffers Setback In Document Request (Washington Post)
A federal judge yesterday rejected a bid by I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to see a range of classified government documents that he asserted are needed to prepare his legal defense against charges of obstruction of justice and lying to government investigators.

Libby Suffers Setback In Document Request (Washington Post)
A federal judge yesterday rejected a bid by I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to see a range of classified government documents that he asserted are needed to prepare his legal defense against charges of obstruction of justice and lying to government investigators.

Attorney joins race for judge position (The Olympian)
Olympia attorney Charlie Williams has joined the list of candidates seeking to become Thurston County's eighth Superior Court judge. Williams, 54, has been a criminal defense and personal injury attorney since 1992, but also has practiced family law.

India will not export its free society ideology to neighboring military-ruled Myanmar: Indian Defense Minister (India Daily)
India, often hailed as the world's biggest democracy, will not export its free society ideology to neighboring military-ruled Myanmar, the country's defense minister said Saturday.

8 of Saddam’s Defense Witnesses Flown to Amman for Safety (Arab News)
AMMAN, 4 June 2006 — Eight Iraqis testifying in favor of the ousted President Saddam Hussein have been flown to Amman out of “concern on their safety”, a local newspaper reported yesterday.

Violence flares in Iraq as PM moves on security jobs (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Violence raged across Iraq on Sunday as new Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki prepared to name interior and defense ministers critical to restoring stability in the country bloodied by sectarian and insurgent killings.

Violence flares in Iraq, no deal yet on security jobs (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Violence raged across Iraq on Sunday amid signs its leaders remained deadlocked on naming new interior and defense ministers critical to restoring stability in the strife-torn country.

Ark. Crime Lab (WREG-TV Memphis)
LITTLE ROCK The state Crime Lab that plays a critical role in the criminal justice system is improving its turnaround time in getting autopsy reports done and has reduced its backlog of cases.

Reforming criminal justice system (Manila Bulletin)
What Sen. Gordon said about his stand for a "temporary" halt to the death penalty provided the capital punishment is based on a more rigorous and strong law enforcement system, is wise and laudable. Surely, many of our citizens would support his action.

Rice confident Iraq will pick key ministers soon (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she was confident Iraq's government would reach a deal on filling the key posts of interior and defense

Ark. Crime Lab (WREG-TV Memphis)
LITTLE ROCK The state Crime Lab that plays a critical role in the criminal justice system is improving its turnaround time in getting autopsy reports done and has reduced its backlog of cases.

A Free-Speech Puzzle (Washington Post)
IF RICHARD Ceballos's allegations are true, some law should protect him. Mr. Ceballos, a prosecutor with the Los Angeles district attorney's office, claims he suffered professional retaliation for questioning the accuracy of a search warrant affidavit upon which his office was relying in a criminal case. Mr. Ceballos wrote memos, expressed his views in meetings and ultimately testified for the

Downey shapes defense plan (Times Herald)
COURTHOUSE - A Limerick man accused of providing a fatal dose of cocaine to a teenage escort he hired wants to fight the murder-related charge, implying the girl was a drug abuser who could have obtained the cocaine from a number of sources.

Downey trial defense to blame victim (Pottstown Mercury)
NORRISTOWN -- A Limerick man accused of providing a fatal dose of cocaine to a teenage escort he hired wants to fight the murder-related charges by implying the girl was a drug abuser who could have obtained the cocaine from a number of sources.

Siegelman taking the stand a big question mark (Mobile Register)
MONTGOMERY -- Sometime later this week, lawyers for former Gov. Don Siegelman are expected to begin presenting his defense against the array of federal criminal charges facing him.

Hilt Leaves Courtroom When Judge Won't Let Him Fire Lawyer Jury Selection Continues In Murder Case Involving Child (The Chattanoogan)
Nicholas Hilt on Monday morning said he did not want to participate in his murder trial after Criminal Court Judge Don Poole declined to allow him to fire his defense attorney, Lee Ortwein.

U.S. commander to review Haditha report (AP via Yahoo! News)
The No. 2 American general in Iraq will soon review a preliminary criminal report into the alleged massacre by Marines of Iraqi citizens in Haditha, a congressman just back from Iraq said Monday.

Former U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger Returns to Private Practice with Best & Flanagan (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota Thomas B. Heffelfinger, who returned to Minneapolis-based law firm Best & Flanagan LLP upon leaving public office, is focusing his private practice on white collar criminal defense and Indian law.

Priest’s attorney threatens to sue over legal defense fund (The Toledo Blade)
An attorney for convicted murderer Gerald Robinson is threatening to take legal action against a Sylvania man who is the trustee of the Toledo priest’s legal defense fund.

New Orleans finally resumes criminal jury trials (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
New Orleans opened its first criminal jury trial in nine months on Monday as the storm-damaged courts began to clear a backlog that has swelled to 6,000 cases from 3,500 before Hurricane Katrina.

Defendant requests private attorney (Paris Beacon)
Defendant Josh A. Chambers’ motion for a continuance in his petition to revoke hearing was denied during the May 25 criminal and traffic call in Edgar County Circuit Court.

Criminal court reopens in New Orleans (The Daily Comet)
Criminal jury trials got under way in New Orleans' state district court on Monday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina flooded the stately criminal courthouse.

New Orleans finally resumes criminal jury trials (RedNova)
By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS (Reuters

Perry March's Cellmate Testifies (WKRN Nashville)
For more than three hours Monday, prosecutors and defense attorneys grilled the would be hit man in the Perry March Trial. Russell Nathaniel Ferris told the court that while Perry March was awaiting trial for the murder of his missing wife Janet, he and the former Nashville lawyer hatched a jailhouse plot to kill Lawrence and Carolyn Levine, March's ex-in laws: March defense...

Charges dropped against shooter of alleged intruders in Somerset (phillyburbs.com)
SOMERSET, Pa. - A prosecutor dropped criminal homicide and other charges against a man who claims he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot one intruder and critically wounded another.

Safavian Denies Giving Tip on Stock (Washington Post)
Former General Services Administration chief of staff David H. Safavian testified at his criminal trial yesterday that information he gave lobbyist Jack Abramoff about a federal action affecting Tyco International Inc. was publicly available.

Defense attacks Spahalski confession (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
A defense lawyer is pushing to have an alleged confession by Robert Spahalski excluded from evidence. Prosecutors say Spahalski confessed to four murders.

Fletcher aide studies possible defense fund (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Gov. Ernie Fletcher's general counsel said yesterday that he is exploring whether the governor can collect private donations to pay the cost of defending against charges of political patronage. But the state attorney general's office said the general counsel, James Deckard, is violating ethics rules by involving himself in a legal defense fund because it would mix the governor's personal problems

George Walker IV / The Tennessean June 5, 2006 (Fairview Observer)
Defense attorney John Herbison talks with his client Perry March during murder for hire trial in Criminal Court Division I Judge Steve Dozier's courtroom.

Defense Attorney Seeks To Have Statements Thrown Out (Oswego Daily News)
OSWEGO, NY – The case against a former city parks and recreation superintendent continues to head toward a trial. His attorney claims police violated his right to counsel when they interviewed him prior to his arrest last summer.




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