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Federal Court Posts Online Nearly All Evidence From Moussaoui Trial (Washington Post)
Officials at the federal court in Alexandria posted on the Web yesterday nearly all the evidence presented during the sentencing trial of Sept. 11, 2001, conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, marking the first time a federal court has provided such extensive online access in a criminal case.

Federal Court Posts Online Nearly All Evidence From Moussaoui Trial (Washington Post)
Officials at the federal court in Alexandria posted on the Web yesterday nearly all the evidence presented during the sentencing trial of Sept. 11, 2001, conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, marking the first time a federal court has provided such extensive online access in a criminal case.

Attempted-murder charge tossed in shooting of alleged bar burglar (Denver Post)
A Denver businessman who said he shot a burglar in self-defense inside his restaurant won a crucial victory Monday when a judge threw out an attempted-murder charge against him.

Ledbetter’s lawyers seek plea bargain (Post-Tribune)
VALPARAISO — Gary School Board member Andrea Kelly Ledbetter is poised to sidestep a criminal trial and jail time.

Federal Court Posts Online Nearly All Evidence From Moussaoui Trial (Washington Post)
Officials at the federal court in Alexandria posted on the Web yesterday nearly all the evidence presented during the sentencing trial of Sept. 11, 2001, conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, marking the first time a federal court has provided such extensive online access in a criminal case.

S.J. mayor uses donations toward his defense (San Jose Mercury News)
Embattled San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales received $35,150 from supporters this year before his June 21 indictment, and has spent nearly half of it paying his lawyer to defend him, documents filed Monday showed.

Gary School Official May Plead Guilty To Fraud (CBS 2 Chicago)
Gary School Board member Andrea Kelly Ledbetter is poised to sidestep a criminal trial and jail time. Attorneys are negotiating a plea deal for the 24-year-old, charged with felony welfare fraud for faking time sheets to receive undue wages totalling $547 for a federal summer tutoring program.

British trio gets trial delay in Enron scheme (Houston Chronicle)
The men were extradited to the U.S. two weeks ago to face trial on criminal charges related to their roles in a alleged scheme to have their former employer sell back its stake in a deal tied to the former energy giant

Boeing vows better ethics (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Boeing Co. Chief Executive James McNerney told lawmakers on Tuesday he was determined to build "one of the most robust ethics and compliance programs in corporate America" after paying $615 million to settle two high-profile criminal investigations.

Feds, defense spar in Zimmermann trial (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
The federal bribery trial of Dean Zimmermann resumed today with his attorney offering a starkly different view of one of the prosecution's allegations against the former Minneapolis City Council member. Dan Scott, Zimmermann's attorney, sought to show through cross-examination that Zimmermann was simply acting as a good neighbor and his former domestic partner's representative when he proposed

Former Niagara Falls union leaders end trial with guilty pleas (Syracuse.com)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Three former leaders of a Niagara Falls labor union pleaded guilty Tuesday to running the union like a criminal enterprise, using threats and physical force to pressure contractors into hiring their workers.

Official: Charges pending against 4 more Camp Pendleton Marines (The Daily Comet)
Unspecified charges are being prepared against four more Marines as a result of an investigation that has already led to allegations that seven other Marines and a Navy corpsman murdered an Iraqi civilian, a Marine Corps legal defense coordinator said Tuesday.

Defense calls case against traders flimsy (Houston Chronicle)
A pair of former natural gas traders didn't deny allegations they submitted false price information to industry publications, but their attorneys said that wasn't against the law during closing arguments Tuesday in their criminal trial.

Justice Dept. deflates criticism over settlement with Boeing (Seattle Times)
Despite embarrassing allegations involving two contracting scandals and criminal plea bargains by two of its executives, Boeing had a strong...

Defense: Sex claims against "teen" distorted (Denver Post)
Prosecutors on Tuesday displayed photos of 18 boys and one girl onto a video screen, saying they were the victims of a man in his 30s who passed himself off as a young teen so he could meet and sexually assault children.

Appraiser Nicolo hires high-profile attorney (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Appraiser John E. Nicolo has hired a high-profile defense lawyer from New York City to represent him in a property-tax assessment scandal involving Eastman Kodak Co. and several municipalities.

Sept. 11 panel had debated making criminal referrals (San Jose Mercury News)
Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate.

Boeing executive vows better ethics after fines (Orange County Register)
Company will skip tax write-offs after settling claims for $615 million. Boeing Chief Executive James McNerney told lawmakers Tuesday he was determined to build "one of the most robust ethics and compliance programs in corporate America" after paying $615 million to settle two high-profile criminal investigations.

Boeing executive vows better ethics after fines (Orange County Register)
Company will skip tax write-offs after settling claims for $615 million. Boeing Chief Executive James McNerney told lawmakers Tuesday he was determined to build "one of the most robust ethics and compliance programs in corporate America" after paying $615 million to settle two high-profile criminal investigations.

Split vote approves hiring 5 lawyers to defend indigent in special cases (The Buffalo News)
LOCKPORT - The Niagara County Legislature voted, 13-5, Tuesday along straight caucus lines, to hire five attorneys to take criminal defense assignments now given to private lawyers.

9/11 panel considered criminal probe of Pentagon's apparent lies (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The 10-member commission that investigated the US response to the September 11 attacks reportedly considered seeking a criminal probe of the Pentagon, believing it had deliberately misled the panel and the public.

Nearly Complete Haditha Probe Indicates Marines Guilty (Fox News)
Evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in the western town of Haditha supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot Iraqi civilians, a Defense Department official said Wednesday.

More Marines could be charged in Iraqi’s slaying (Navy Times)
SAN DIEGO — Unspecified charges are being prepared against four more Marines as a result of an investigation that has already led to allegations that seven other Marines and a Navy corpsman murdered an Iraqi civilian, a Marine Corps legal defense coordinator said Tuesday.

Haditha investigation supports accusations against Marines 12:24 PM (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in the western town of Haditha supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot Iraqi civilians, including unarmed women and children, a Defense Department official said Wednesday.

Defense in Lincoln Park case asks court to reverse convictions (Boston Globe)
Lawyers for Lincoln Park and two former executives found guilty of conspiring to bribe a powerful legislator asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to overturn the convictions, saying the men had only preliminary discussions about the payments but never executed any illegal scheme.

Defense Department News Briefing (Washington Post)
Read a transcript of remarks by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace on the U.S. military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More News... (KXTV)
PENTAGON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld isn't saying much about the probe into accusations that Marines deliberately shot two dozen Iraqi civilians.

Haditha probe said to support criminal charges against more Camp Pendleton Marines (North County Times)
A Marine Corps official was refusing comment this morning on a report that evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha last November supports accusations that members of a Camp Pendleton unit deliberately shot the civilians, including unarmed women and children.

Pentagon inaccuracies on 9/11 air defense probed (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The Pentagon said its inspector general is investigating whether officials provided "knowingly false" information to a special commission that investigated the September 11, 2001 attacks.

City Announces Citizens Academy Program (KGTV TheSanDiegoChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
Beginning next month, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Department will offer a 10-week Citizens Academy to give local residents an overview of the criminal justice system.

Balancing the Scales of Justice Rea Harper Acquittal Reveals `Problems of the Criminal Justice System' (RedNova)
By The Associated Press An Illinois lawmaker says the acquittal of an indigent woman retried on charges that she fatally stabbed her son in 1997 illustrates why the state's fund for death-penalty defendants should be expanded to include other murder defendants like her.

Deleted criminal records remain (Dallas Morning News)
Hundreds of expunged criminal cases are active in Dallas County's new computer system that went online 18 months ago, and officials say there is no easy way to find and delete them.

In court, Arlington pastor cast as playboy, predator (Dallas Morning News)
FORT WORTH – The prosecution and defense agreed that Terry Hornbuckle lived a double life. But in their opening statements Wednesday in the Arlington pastor's rape trial, they disagreed whether his behavior was criminal.

Women from around the East Valley turn to self-defense classes to build confidence (East Valley Tribune)
Indy Couch was in for a tough battle. In the span of 60 minutes, the 35-year-old sales associate from Tempe fiercely kicked, blocked punches and came close to being choked - twice. Exhausted and sweaty, the intense fight scenarios she was thrust into at the Krav Maga Center in Chandler on a recent Wednesday evening may have been only a test, but the adrenaline-bursting sparring bouts against her

Women from around the East Valley turn to self-defense classes to build confidence (East Valley Tribune)
Indy Couch was in for a tough battle. In the span of 60 minutes, the 35-year-old sales associate from Tempe fiercely kicked, blocked punches and came close to being choked - twice. Exhausted and sweaty, the intense fight scenarios she was thrust into at the Krav Maga Center in Chandler on a recent Wednesday evening may have been only a test.

Judge to Fake Trade Jury: Keep Trying (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Jurors in the criminal case of two former Houston energy traders accused of illegally reporting fake transactions told a judge Thursday they were deadlocked after a day and a half of deliberations.

Jury says it's deadlocked in energy trading case (Houston Chronicle)
Outside the panel's presence, she told prosecutors and defense attorneys she would not let the jury give up before she issues the so-called Allen charge.

Partial Verdict in Fake Trades Case (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Jurors in the criminal case of two former Houston energy traders accused of illegally reporting fake transactions told a judge Thursday that they have reached a verdict on some counts, but are "hopelessly deadlocked" on others.

Jury rejects carjacker's defense (Knoxville News Sentinal)
Talk about bad karma. Lawrence Maurice Reeves tried this week to convince a U.S. District Court jury that he was not, as alleged by federal prosecutors, a ruthless criminal but instead a hapless victim of fate.

Jenkins wins fourth term with 52.8% of vote (Knoxville News Sentinal)
Longtime Knox County Criminal Court Judge Ray Lee Jenkins won a fourth term Thursday night, turning back a strong challenge from Criminal Defense Attorney Ken Irvine.

Indian cabinet proposes women judges for rape cases (AFP via Yahoo! News)
India's cabinet has proposed changes to the criminal code that would make it mandatory for all rape cases to be tried by female judges, Indian media reported.

Screaming, martial arts, other forms of self-defense touted at seminar (Mohave Valley News)
LAUGHLIN - With criminals using more and more creative techniques, the time is never better for area children to learn how to avoid becoming victims.

Shooter gets 10 years for killing man on forest trail (The Arizona Republic)
A former Valley schoolteacher involved in highly publicized shooting death on a forest trail, which involved issues of self-defense, is sentenced to the minimum 10 years in prison.

Law Center Files Supreme Court Briefs in Defense of Federal Ban on 'Partial-Birth Abortion' (Christian News Wire)
Thomas More Society has filed a pair of amicus briefs, cast in the style of “Brandeis briefs” packed with official statistics as to actual abortion practices – data that fatally undercut claims of abortionists that the federal prohibition of the partial-birth method is “vague” or “overbroad” and an “undue burden” on abortion rights.

Partial Verdict in Fake Trades Case (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Jurors in the criminal case of two former Houston energy traders accused of illegally reporting fake transactions told a judge Thursday that they have reached a verdict on some counts, but are "hopelessly deadlocked" on others.

Savoie's defense team says Eakin confessed to murdering companion (Columbia Basin Herald)
EPHRATA -- Defense attorneys for 15-year-old convicted murderer Evan Savoie claim the boy's teenage co-defendant and lifelong friend, Jake Eakin, mailed a jail-house letter to Savoie's mother last month, allegedly confessing he "killed Craig Sorger, not Evan."

Gibson arrest brings new lawyer to team (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Mel Gibson's recent arrest on charges of driving under the influence has brought a veteran Hollywood criminal defense lawyer onto the actor-director's high-powered legal team.

Ignorance of age not valid defense in sex cases, expert says (The Palm Beach Post)
Even if Palm Beach money manager Jeffrey Epstein didn't know that girls who police say gave him sexual massages at his Intracoastal home were under the legal age, that alone wouldn't have exempted him from criminal charges of sexual activity with minors.

Ignorance of age not valid defense in sex cases, expert says (The Palm Beach Post)
Even if Palm Beach money manager Jeffrey Epstein didn't know that girls who police say gave him sexual massages at his Intracoastal home were under the legal age, that alone wouldn't have exempted him from criminal charges of sexual activity with minors.

Wecht lawyers ask judge to disallow much evidence (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Defense lawyers for former Allegheny County Coroner Dr. Cyril H. Wecht filed a motion yesterday asking that any evidence regarding the treatment of corpses he's accused of trading with Carlow University be excluded from his criminal trial.




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