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Criminal Defense News 09/2006



Celebrity Criminal Defense Attorney Mel Sachs Dies (WNBC)
Star criminal defense attorney Mel Sachs, who represented Mike Tyson, Lil' Kim and the New York Yankees, has died.

Lawyer disciplined for taking combat pay (The Palm Beach Post)
A Stuart criminal defense attorney was disciplined by the Florida Bar for accepting combat pay for a few months from the National Guard while he was on leave, the Bar announced Thursday.

N.J. lawyer telecommutes -- from Israel (The Star-Ledger)
For criminal defense lawyer Mark Berman, it was something he felt was important to do for his family. Despite the recent turmoil in the region, Berman and his family are spending a year living in Israel. His wife's sister lives there, and her mother and aunt are both Holocaust survivors.

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N.Y. Celebrity Attorney Mel Sachs Dies (CBS 2 New York)
A star criminal defense attorney who represented Mike Tyson, Lil' Kim and ex-New York Yankees pitcher David Wells has died. Mel Sachs died Wednesday. A lawyer in his office didn't give his age or details on the cause of death.

Village of Waverly: Residents learn about pepper spray as self defense tool (Evening Times)
WAVERLY - It was obvious Don Laman of Waverly was having a hard time speaking, opening his eyes, and stopping himself from doubling over. He was being watched by approximately 50 residents standing in shock before him, some holding hands over their mouths and gasping with concern.

Attorney selected to run indigent defense (The Columbian)
Clark County has hired Wenatchee attorney David DeLong for the new position of indigent defense coordinator. DeLong will help coordinate the county's system of hiring attorneys to defend criminal suspects who can't afford to hire a lawyer.

Terrorism trial jurors to get criminal background checks (Journal Gazette & Times Courier)
CHICAGO - The federal judge in the trial of two men charged with helping to bankroll Palestinian terrorists said Friday she will order court staffers to perform criminal background checks on potential jurors.

Flamboyant NY lawyer dies of cancer (UPI)
NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Mel Sachs, a flamboyant criminal defense attorney and lawyer to the stars, has died in New York of pancreatic cancer at the age of 60.

Attorney Arrested in Murder Case May Be Able to Mount 'Emotional Disturbance' Defense (Law.com)
Last week's arrest of a Connecticut lawyer in the fatal stabbing of a neighbor he allegedly believed had sexually assaulted his 2-year-old daughter has captured the attention of the state's legal community, which has seen several of its members convicted of theft and embezzlement, but few for crimes of passion.

'Embargoed list' disclosed (Rocky Mountain News)
Court documents filed this week name more than 15 former Qwest executives and directors who may be critical to the government's criminal case against former CEO Joe Nacchio.

No criminal charges for off-duty officer in market shooting (The Olympian)
SEATTLE - The King County prosecutor's office says there isn't enough evidence to file criminal charges against an off-duty Seattle police officer who shot a man.

As Landlord Grows, So Does Criticism (New York Times)
The Pinnacle Group has quietly become one of the biggest property owners in New York City but it is now the subject of criminal investigations and angry community rallies over its business practices.

Blind Chinese activist appeals "unlawful" sentence (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A blind Chinese human rights activist whose jailing last month sparked an international outcry has filed an appeal, asserting authorities stifled his defense and apparently coerced witnesses into testifying against him.

COunty COURT Judge (Sun-Sentinel)
Personal: 36. Lives in Hollywood. Divorced. No children. Professional: Ten years of legal experience, the last seven in private practice specializing in criminal defense and family law in Fort Lauderdale.

The following are items of interest about Jefferson City area businesses and business people. (Jefferson City News Tribune)
Daniel Dodson, Jefferson City, attended the annual meeting and seminar of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Miami.

Death penalty has cost (Baltimore Sun)
Circumstances, resources guide Baltimore's policy Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy has been consistent about what she says it takes for her to seek a criminal's death, something she has done just twice in her 11 years on the job.

Briefing: 14 British troops die in Afghanistan plane crash (Pioneer Press)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A British patrol plane crashed Saturday, killing 14 servicemen in the worst loss of life for the NATO-led security force since it took on the mission of taming insurgents in Afghanistan's volatile south a month ago. A purported Taliban spokesman claimed the plane had been shot down. But British Defense Secretary Des Browne said the crew had reported a mechanical problem,

9/11 spawned tech-security market (AP via Yahoo! News)
During the Cold War, Canada's National Optics Institute developed a system to detect which type of enemy tank or fighter jet was approaching. After the Soviet Union's demise, such threats were deemed less likely, and the technology sat on the shelf.

Ex-Japanese Web star pleads not guilty (AP via Yahoo! News)
Former Internet idol Takafumi Horie pleaded not guilty Monday in a case that highlights Japan's efforts to grapple with the rise of ventures and define the legal boundaries for aggressive stock trading.

Defense market slow to blossom (Rocky Mountain News)
During the Cold War, Canada's National Optics Institute developed a system to detect which type of enemy tank or fighter jet was approaching. After the Soviet Union's demise, such threats were deemed less likely, and the technology sat on the shelf.

Israel PM faces more trouble with crony appointment probe (AFP via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, already under fire over the Lebanon war, was facing new trouble after the state comptroller recommended that a criminal probe be launched into appointments he made as minister in a previous government.

Israel PM faces more trouble with crony appointment probe (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, already under fire over the Lebanon war, faced new trouble after the state comptroller recommended that a criminal probe be launched into appointments he made as minister in a previous government.

Jury selection begins for owner in deadly nightclub fire case (Boston Globe)
Jury selection begins Tuesday in the highly anticipated criminal trial of one of the owners of a nightclub where a fire killed 100 people three years ago.

Jury selection begins for owner in deadly nightclub fire case (Norwalk Advocate)
Jury selection begins Tuesday in the highly anticipated criminal trial of one of the owners of a nightclub where a 2003 fire killed 100 people, including eight who lived or worked in Connecticut.

Jury selection begins for owner in deadly nightclub fire case (Boston Globe)
Jury selection begins Tuesday in the highly anticipated criminal trial of one of the owners of a nightclub where a 2003 fire killed 100 people, including eight who lived or worked in Connecticut.

Jury selection begins for owner in deadly nightclub fire case (Boston Globe)
Jury selection begins Tuesday in the highly anticipated criminal trial of one of the owners of a nightclub where a fire killed 100 people three years ago.

Investigators: Possible Arson at South Tahoe Lawyer's Home (KRNV)
Fire officials are investigating whether a possible explosion and blaze that destroyed a prominent defense lawyer's home in South Lake Tahoe was an accident or arson.

First club owner goes on trial in 100 fire deaths (USA Today)
The man whose stage pyrotechnics touched off a deadly nightclub fire here in 2003 is now in prison. For many relatives of the 100 people who died in the blaze, however, the most important criminal trials in the case are just beginning.

Nightclub fire trial to start soon (The MetroWest Daily News)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Jury selection begins today in the highly anticipated criminal trial of one of the owners of a nightclub where a fire killed 100 people three years ago.

SOUTHMOST BRIEFS: (Brownsville Herald)
The Brownsville Police Department will have its fifth annual Spanish language Police Academy from Sept. 14 through Dec. 7. Classes will touch on arms training, criminal prosecution, juvenile laws, personal defense and police patrols.

Criminal case closed against Transvaal water park architect over amnesty (Interfax)
MOSCOW. Sept 5 (Interfax) - The Moscow Prosecutor's Office has closed the criminal case against architect Nodar Kancheli, charged after the roof of Moscow's Transvaal water park collapsed in February 2004.

Attorney Arrested in Murder Case May Be Able to Mount 'Emotional Disturbance' Defense (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Last week's arrest of patent lawyer Jonathon Edington in the fatal stabbing of a neighbor he allegedly believed had sexually assaulted his 2-year-old daughter has captured the attention of Connecticut's legal community, which is speculating over a possible defense strategy in the case.

Inmate convicted in prison riot released (Akron Beacon Journal)
The state has paroled an inmate who testified against five others involved in a deadly prison riot, a decision defense lawyers claim was based on the man's cooperation with prosecutors.

Captain of Japanese fishing vessel to stand trial next week (Interfax)
YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK. Sept 5 (Interfax) - The criminal case, begun on August 17 against Sakashita Noboru, the captain of the Japanese fishing vessel, the Kisshin Maru 31, was handed over to a district court in Yuzhno-Kurilsk, the district prosecutor's office told Interfax.

Detained Japanese captain's case handed over to court (Interfax)
MOSCOW. Sept 5 (Interfax) - The Yuzhno-Kurilsk District Prosecutor's Office of Sakhalin Region has handed over to court the criminal case against Sakashita Noboru, the captain of the Japanese fishing vessel, the Kisshin Maru 31.

Policy wastes skills, costs millions (Sun-Sentinel)
As we find ourselves stuck in the Vietnam-like quagmire of Iraq, with our armed forces stretched thin, the Army has become so desperate to meet enlistment goals that it has lowered recruiting standards to include the middle-aged, the unintelligent and the criminal.

Indigent defense in crisis (Adirondack Daily Enterprise)
MALONE — Franklin County’s public defender offices are in a state of crisis. That’s been the consensus among county officials following two meetings of the county Public Safety Committee and a resolution passed last month by the Franklin County Bar Association.

Inmate in deadly prison riot paroled (The Kentucky Post)
CLEVELAND - The state has paroled an inmate who testified against five others involved in a deadly prison riot, a decision defense lawyers claim was based on the man's cooperation with prosecutors.

HOMELAND DEFENSE: Curry College program focuses on fighting terrorists (Patriot Ledger)
As local high schools and middle schools take a closer look at terrorism and the Sept. 11 attacks, so are colleges - and none with more focus than Curry College in Milton.

Jury selection begins for owner in deadly nightclub fire case (Stamford Advocate)
Jury selection began Tuesday in the highly anticipated criminal trial of one of the owners of a nightclub where a fire killed 100 people three years ago.

Prominent Criminal Defense Attorney Issues Daily Alert for Media (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Well known and highly-acclaimed criminal defense attorney, Darren Kavinoky, who represents many high profile individuals, announced today that he will produce and distribute The Kavinoky Report, a free daily missive for media only, a brief communique that provides critical information on the legal details of the criminal cases of the day.

The following are items of interest about Jefferson City area businesses and business people. (Jefferson City News Tribune)
Daniel Dodson, Jefferson City, attended the annual meeting and seminar of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Miami.

Jury selection begins for owner in deadly nightclub fire case (The Daily Comet)
A lengthy jury selection process began Tuesday in the criminal trial of one of the owners of a nightclub where a 2003 fire killed 100 people - a difficult task in this small state where many residents knew someone who was killed or injured in the disaster.

Leaky roof shuts courtroom (The Trenton Times)
TRENTON -- A leaking roof shut down a courtroom in the century-old Mercer County criminal courthouse yesterday.

Defense attorney wins in Broward Circuit Court race; others bound for runoffs (Sun-Sentinel)
Only one of three races for Broward Circuit Court judge was decided Tuesday night when veteran defense attorney Charlie Kaplan won the Group 6 seat, defeating former prosecutor Ken Padowitz.

Self-defense law to get high court test (Arizona Daily Star)
A Tucson man who admitted he killed another person in his home may get another chance to avoid even being indicted.

Big judge turnover expected in Clark (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Three of Clark County's four major criminal courts are likely to get new judges over the next two years through retirements and elections.

Setting the Tone (Strategy Page)
September 6, 2006: The sharp increase in civilian deaths over the Summer is largely the result of towns and neighborhoods organizing their own self-defense forces. These local militias, often formed around criminal gangs, Mosque guards or tribal forces, will attack as well as defend.

Susan Estrich (Susan Estrich via Yahoo! News)
George Russell Weller is 89 years old. He does not have a criminal record.




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