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Criminal Defense News 07/2006



Defense attorneys want to go to Iraq (North County Times)
NORTH COUNTY ---- Defense attorneys for eight Camp Pendleton-based servicemen accused of premeditated murder say it is crucial that they see firsthand where the alleged kidnapping and killing of an Iraqi civilian occurred in April.

Boeing to pay record settlement (Sun-Sentinel)
Boeing Co., the No. 2 U.S. defense contractor, agreed to pay a record $615 million to resolve criminal and civil charges relating to purchasing scandals.

Prosecutor wants defense team to testify (The Columbus Dispatch)
TOLEDO – Attempting a rarely used tactic, the Lucas County prosecutor wants to call Thomas W. Noe’s attorneys as witnesses against the former Maumee rare-coin dealer, according to court documents made public yesterday.

Guantanamo authorities seize detainees' papers, defense lawyers say (The Olympian)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Defense lawyers said Friday that authorities at the Guantanamo Bay prison confiscated letters to detainees and other legal papers as part of an investigation into three apparent suicides three weeks ago at the facility.

Defense wants dope on ‘Nicole' (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
Defense lawyers of the four American marines charged with raping a 22-year-old Filipina in Subic last year will ask the court to be allowed to pursue their line of questioning which the prosecution objected to during the cross-examination of a medicolegal officer who examined the complainant.

Tennessee execution shows limit on DNA defense (WREG-TV Memphis)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. A legal argument over using DNA evidence to overturn criminal convictions kept death-row inmate Sedley Alley from being executed for a while.

Tennessee execution shows limit on DNA defense (WREG-TV Memphis)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. A legal argument over using DNA evidence to overturn criminal convictions kept death-row inmate Sedley Alley from being executed for a while.

U.S. probes possible 'friendly fire' death (Boston Herald)
KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. military on Saturday said it was investigating the death of a soldier in eastern Afghanistan as a possible "friendly fire incident." The Defense Department said Pfc. Justin...

Case of slain N.D. student goes to trial (AP via Yahoo! News)
The abduction of 22-year-old Dru Sjodin from a shopping center parking lot and the discovery of her body five months later, after an emotional search, has led to major revisions of sex offender laws in two states and to North Dakota's first federal death penalty case.

July 11 Preliminary Hearing Set for Mack in Reno Courthouse Shooting (KRNV)
Despite the objections of defense attorneys, a judge today set a July 11th preliminary hearing for Darren Mack, who's charged with killing his wife and shooting the judge handling their divorce.

Birch courthouse fix is no safe bet (Nashville City Paper)
The uproar over the space allocated for criminal defense attorneys to meet with their clients at the new Birch courthouse is a tempest that will likely be lost on most Nashvillians.

Aids case back before Libyan court (Middle East Times)
TRIPOLI -- Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor are to renew their defense against charges of infecting Libyan children with Aids at a criminal court hearing on Tuesday.

La Salle grad bolsters defense for Freedom (The Cincinnati Post)
With limited financial resources, Florence Freedom manager Jamie Keefe has often taken a flier when it comes to picking up free agents.

July 11 Preliminary Hearing Set for Mack in Reno Courthouse Shooting (KRNV)
Despite the objections of defense attorneys, a judge today set a July 11th preliminary hearing for Darren Mack, who's charged with killing his wife and shooting the judge handling their divorce.

Thousands flee Mindanao fighting (Manila Bulletin)
More than 3,000 residents of Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao who fled the fighting between a band of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and government troops have sought refuge in evacuation centers, an Office of Civil Defense (OCD) official said yesterday.

Court Stops Scheduled Thursday Execution (KXAN 36 Austin)
Houston -- The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Monday halted the lethal injection of condemned inmate Derrick Frazier. Frazier faced execution Thursday over the 1997 deaths of 41-year-old Betsy Nutt and her 15-year-old son, Cody.

Police critical of the use of internal data (Baltimore Sun)
Appeals are filed over judges' admission of complaints Defense attorneys representing suspected criminals are trying to dig deeper into the internal affairs records of Baltimore police officers, and some city judges are allowing it -- prompting lawyers for the Police Department to appeal some recent rulings.

Unlicensed doctor gets one year in jail for death of labourer (Khaleej Times)
DUBAI — The Dubai Criminal Court has sentenced 32-year-old Indian national Antola Lukshami to one year in jail and his deportation thereafter for practising medicine without an official licence.

Rape trial verdict not yet returned (The Herald-Sun)
After deliberating all day Monday, the jury in the trial of Donald McCray did not return a verdict before 5 p.m. in Orange County Criminal Superior Court.

Lawyer out in Hobart killing case (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
CROWN POINT | A defense lawyer who helped save a Gary man this spring from a murder conviction in the deaths of three people has left the case for lack of payment.

Insanity Defense (St. Petersburg Times)
That the United States, once touted as the “world’s greatest democracy,” is now ruled by a presidential dictatorship is a fact beyond any serious dispute.

AIDS case back before Libyan court (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The re-trial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of having infected Libyan children with AIDS is set to resume at a criminal court in Tripoli.

Judge cuts charges against ex-deputy (North County Times)
FRENCH VALLEY ---- The defense attorney for former Riverside County sheriff's corporal John Wayne Leseberg said after a judge's ruling Monday that he is even more confident his client will prevail at a trial.

Police critical of the use of internal data (Baltimore Sun)
Appeals are filed over judges' admission of citizen complaints Defense attorneys representing suspected criminals are trying to dig deeper into the internal affairs records of Baltimore police officers, and some city judges are allowing it - prompting lawyers for the Police Department to appeal some recent rulings.

Legislators to consider compromise on sex abuse bill (Boston Globe)
The Legislature will take up a compromise bill that would give victims who were sexually abused as children 25 years to report criminal cases to authorities.

AIDS case back before Libyan court (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The re-trial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with the AIDS virus has resumed at a criminal court in Tripoli.

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.

Court hears prosecution witnesses in AIDS trial (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The Tripoli criminal court has heard testimony from three prosecution witnesses as the re-trial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor charged with infecting Libyan children with the AIDS virus resumed.

Prosecution witnesses heard in Libya AIDS trial (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The Tripoli criminal court has heard testimony from prosecution witnesses as the re-trial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting Libyan children with the AIDS virus resumed and was then adjourned to July 25.

De la Victoria murder case: Defense accuses CIDG of tampering evidence (Philstar.com)
The defense panel in the murder case of Bantay Dagat project director Elpidio "Jojo" de la Victoria has accused the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of tampering with their evidence.

Prosecution witnesses heard in Libya AIDS trial (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The Tripoli criminal court has heard testimony from prosecution witnesses as the re-trial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting Libyan children with the AIDS virus resumed and was then adjourned to July 25.

AIDS case back before Libyan court (The Daily Star Lebannon)
The re-trial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with the AIDS virus resumed Tuesday at a criminal court in Tripoli. The court heard the testimony of three witnesses, a father and two mothers, who appeared with their infected children - two boys and a girl - before Judge Mahmoud al-Huweissa.

Judge cuts charges against ex-deputy (North County Times)
FRENCH VALLEY ---- The defense attorney for former Riverside County sheriff's corporal John Wayne Leseberg said after a judge's ruling Monday that he is even more confident his client will prevail at a trial.

Crimes mean 30 years for teen (Knoxville News Sentinal)
Wish him luck in changing his ways? This Knox County Criminal Court judge didn't bother. With 19-year-old Bradley D. Johnson's nasty track record, Judge Richard Baumgartner saw no need for the customary speech.

Prosecution witnesses heard in Libya AIDS trial (Middle East Online)
New hearing is scheduled for July 25, when defense witnesses are to be questioned.

Prosecution witnesses heard in Libya Aids trial (Middle East Times)
TRIPOLI -- The Tripoli criminal court heard testimony from prosecution witnesses on Tuesday as the retrial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting Libyan children with the Aids virus resumed and was then adjourned to July 25.

Perception Management (Forbes)
The Pentagon's newest battle is to bolster its public image.

Enron former chairman Ken Lay dies (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
Enron chairman and founder Ken Lay has died, his lawyer said today. A secretary at his church and another secretary for his lead criminal lawyer, Michael Ramsey, both confirmed that he had died in Colorado.

Enron Founder Kenneth Lay Dies at 64 (San Francisco Chronicle)
Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay, who was convicted of helping perpetuate one of the most sprawling business frauds in U.S. history, has died of a heart attack in Colorado. He was 64. A secretary at his church and another secretary for his lead criminal...

Monroenews.com's message board: (Monroe Evening News)
It is obvious to me that several people do not agree with Dep. Myers handling of the incident. I ask those people though who agrees 100% of the time with anyone? Who is 100% behind the President? Congress? The judges who preside over criminal cases? Defense Attorneys?

Liberia: Judge Says Rape Law is Wicked (AllAfrica.com)
The long standing legal controversy surrounding the seven year jail sentence of a 42-year-old rapist has been rescinded by the Criminal Court "A" thereby sentencing the defendant to life imprisonment as required by the new rape law.

Hamas rocket attack 'act of war' (WorldNet Daily)
JERUSALEM – A Hamas rocket fired yesterday at a high school in a southern Israeli town is viewed by top military echelon here as an "act of war" that will be met with an escalated operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior defense official told WorldNetDaily today.

Uganda Offers Offers Rebel Leader Kony Amnesty (Voice of America)
International criminal authorities say the warrant for the arrest of Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony stands despite the offer of amnesty by President Yoweri Museveni.

Liberia: NASSCOP's Transactions Were Done At Gould's House (AllAfrica.com)
The second witness produced by the Government of Liberia in the ongoing economic sabotage case at Criminal Court "C" at the Temple of Justice yesterday testified saying that all the transactions of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCOP) took place at the corporation's former managing director, Orishall Gould's residence.

Defense Witness In UBS Trial Says Not Enough Evidence To Make Case (TechWeb via Yahoo! News)
Kevin Faulkner, forensics investigator, says the lack of mirror image data from the attacked UBS server calls into question exactly what was done and by whom.

Bank teller faces charges (Macomb Daily)
A bank worker charged with embezzling funds hopes a judge will believe the evidence shows she was incompetent -- not a criminal.

Judge's performance at issue (Knoxville News Sentinal)
It's around 11 a.m. on Wednesday and Knox County Criminal Court Judge Ray L. Jenkins is leaving for the day. But that's not unusual, according to his opponent in next month's general election.

Jennifer Hyatte trial put off (Knoxville News Sentinal)
KINGSTON - The first-degree murder trial of a former prison nurse accused of shooting a guard to free her convict husband will be rescheduled to give her lawyers more time to prepare a defense.

Teen Court in need of operating money (The Facts)
The court where the lawyers are teenagers could be indefinitely adjourned if supporters don’t come up with enough money. For the last seven years, the Teen Court program has been funded by a Criminal Justice Division state grant overseen by the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

Lay's Death Clouds Legal Process, Attorneys Say (Law.com)
The death Wednesday of Kenneth Lay, the founder and former chairman and CEO of Enron Corp., means any restitution in the criminal case will probably be vacated and the future of the Securities and Exchange Commission and civil cases will be more difficult to pursue, according to attorneys following the case.




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