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Criminal Defense News 10/2006



New law shields interrogators (Miami Herald)
Congress has eased the worries of CIA interrogators and senior administration officials by granting them immunity from U.S. criminal prosecutions for all but ''grave'' abuses of terrorism detainees.

Criminal solicitation or just sleaze? (The Herald-Tribune)
Mark Foley reportedly cooed over a teenager's legs and told him he would be "way hot" if he continued lifting weights and running.

Japan defense minister says China "concern," not threat (Muzi)
Japanese Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma said on Friday that China's military build-up was a concern rather than a threat, retracting earlier comments that had triggered a rebuttal from Beijing.

Select an Edition: (AlertNet)
Fetching... MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Some U.S. military aid kept from Latin American nations that did not agree to exempt American troops from the International Criminal Court will start flowing again when President George W. Bush signs waivers, a senior defense official said on Sunday.

U.S. to resume some military aid to Latin America (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Some U.S. military aid kept from Latin American nations that did not agree to exempt American troops from the International Criminal Court will start flowing again when President George W. Bush signs waivers, a senior defense official said on Sunday.

Pentagon supports resumed military aid to Latam (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Some U.S. military aid withheld from Latin American nations that did not agree to exempt American military personnel from the International Criminal Court will start flowing again when President George W. Bush signs waivers, a senior defense official said on Sunday.

Hastert, White House, Democrats call for criminal probe of e-mail scandal (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Rumsfeld says he won't resign Associated Press Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, coming under renewed fire for his management of the Iraq war, said Sunday he is not considering resigning and said the president had called him personally in recent days to express his continued support.

Viewpoint: Self-defense is not a crime (Michigan Daily)
University students and faculty, along with community members from across the state, will rally this Friday on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing. Unlike most demonstrators during this fall midterm election season, they will be showing support not for a political candidate or party, but instead for a group whose issues are significantly less visible in the public arena: battered women convicted

Reuters Politics Summary (Washington Post)
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Some U.S. military aid withheld from Latin American nations that did not agree to exempt American military personnel from the International Criminal Court will start flowing again when President George W. Bush signs waivers, a senior defense official said on Sunday.

Congress passes bills focused on national security (Philadelphia Tribune)
WASHINGTON – Lawmakers pushed to finish work Friday on legislation focused on national defense, Iraq, terrorism and illegal immigration as Republicans pinned their hopes for keeping control of Congress on making national security the theme of the Nov. 7 election.

High Court Refuses to Limit Gag Orders in U.S. Criminal Cases (Bloomberg.com)
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, turning away an appeal by lawyer and television commentator Gloria Allred, refused to limit judges' power to impose gag orders on attorneys and other participants in criminal trials.

Legal support center courts callers (Daily Yomiuri Online)
The Japan Legal Support Center, which offers legal advice to people with problems related to civil and criminal cases, started operating Monday.

Closing Arguments Set For Global Limo Trial (KXAN 36 Austin)
McAllen -- Closing arguments were set for Monday afternoon in the criminal trial of an operator of a bus that exploded during a Hurricane Rita evacuation.

Trial to start for former husband in murder-for-hire case (Boston Globe)
A Massachusetts man charged in a murder-for-hire case involving his former wife heads to trial Tuesday after winning a court order that gives him evidence about the criminal record of a government informant.

Closing arguments set for Global Limo trial (KGBT 4 Rio Grande Valley)
McALLEN, Texas Closing arguments were set for this afternoon in the criminal trial of an operator of a bus that exploded during a Hurricane Rita evacuation.

Closing arguments set for Global Limo trial (WOAI)
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Closing arguments were set for Monday in the criminal trial of the operator of a bus that exploded during a Hurricane Rita evacuation, killing 23 elderly nursing home residents.

Court of Appeals Rules In Hyde Case (KOAT.com)
John Hyde could have a criminal commitment hearing.

Closing Arguments Set For Global Limo Trial (KXAN 36 Austin)
McAllen -- Closing arguments were set for Monday afternoon in the criminal trial of an operator of a bus that exploded during a Hurricane Rita evacuation.

Trial to start for former husband in murder-for-hire case (Boston Globe)
A Massachusetts man charged in a murder-for-hire case involving his former wife heads to trial Tuesday after winning a court order that gives him evidence about the criminal record of a government informant.

‘One chance in millions’ (Fargo Forum)
Two high-profile murders in North Dakota are focusing attention on the role DNA can play in cracking criminal cases, but defense attorneys as well as scientists say such evidence has its limits.

Politics is dirtier biz than ever in Capitol (New York Daily News)
WASHINGTON - Congress has never been faced with so many criminal corruption scandals at once, ranging from suspicions of sexual misconduct to the biggest influence-peddling scam to hit Washington.

Ex-husband on trial for alleged plan to kill wife (Boston Globe)
HARTFORD -- A Massachusetts man charged in a murder-for-hire case involving his former wife is to go on trial today after winning a court order that gives him evidence about the criminal record of a government informant.

Rumsfeld Attends Defense Minister's Conference in Nicaragua (Voice of America)
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said in Nicaragua he is eager to promote better military relationships in the Western Hemisphere. Rumsfeld is in Central America for two days of talks with his counterparts from more than 30 countries across the Americas.

New evidence surfaces in bombing case (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A notorious bombing case returns to trial court after defense attorneys unearth new evidence.

Russia to close off channels for criminal funds to Georgia - FM (The Russia Journal Daily)
MOSCOW - Russia is not going to look on as Georgia steps up its military preparations, Russia’s foreign minister said Tuesday.

Tri-S Security Corp. Awarded New Dept. of Defense Contract Estimated at $9.5 Million (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
ATLANTA----Tri-S Security Corp. , a provider of security services and equipment for federal government and private entities, today announced that its government division has been awarded a new five-year contract with the Department of Defense estimated at $9.5 million in revenue.

'85 Lake Worth bombing may go to trial again (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A notorious bombing case returns to trial court after defense attorneys unearth new evidence.

NJ Court: Children who experiment with sex can be criminals (phillyburbs.com)
TRENTON, N.J. - Some children who play doctor are criminal sex offenders in the eyes of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Congressional Leaders' Take On Foley Resignation (CBS 4 Miami)
Mark Foley’s attorney, David Roth attests that Foley is not a pedophile and "never ever" had sexual contact with minors. Instead, Roth, a prominent criminal defense attorney with offices in West Palm Beach, portrayed the 52-year-old Foley as a troubled alcoholic who has suffered from mental illness much of his adult life.

Sex offender gets 10 years in prison (The Lufkin Daily News)
The state and an Angelina County defendant reached an agreement Tuesday afternoon, sending the convicted sex offender to prison for 10 years and canceling his criminal jury trial scheduled for Thursday.

Justices Ponder Conditions for Automatic Deportation (New York Times)
The justices of the Supreme Court struggled to understand exactly how federal criminal law and immigration law intersect for non-citizens in America.

Man Sentenced In Ex-Girlfriend Assault Case (KXAN 36 Austin)
Dating violence turned into a criminal conviction Friday in a Travis County courtroom. At the heart, two UT students in a volatile break up. The young man choked his ex-girlfriend several times until she blacked out. Friday, the woman fought through tears to tell her story.

Chicago looks like the complete package (Fox Sports)
We already knew the Bears had a ferocious defense led by Brian Urlacher and Tommie Harris. The surprise has been Chicago's offense. With Rex Grossman leading a dynamic attack, Adam Schein says there's a lot to love about Lovie Smith's team.

Work stepped up in Ingushetia to persuade militants to surrender (Interfax)
NAZRAN. Oct 4 (Interfax-South) - A working group, comprising Federal Security Service and interior, justice and defense ministry officials, has been set up in Ingushetia to urge members of criminal armed groups to turn themselves in to the authorities, the FSB's department head Alexei Zhalo told the press.

N.J. court broadens sex-offender label (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Some children who play doctor are criminal sex offenders in the eyes of the New Jersey Supreme Court. The high court ruled yesterday that a 12-year-old boy who experimented with a douche bottle on his younger half brother must register as a sex offender under Megan's Law requirements, even though there was no overt sexual motivation for the crime.

Immigrants squeezed in a legal conflict (International Herald Tribune)
The intersection of federal criminal law and immigration law is a perilous place for the millions of legal residents of the United States who are not citizens: One slip, one criminal conviction, can mean deportation.

SELF-DEFENSE - NOT JUST FOR KICKS: Women told it’s better for their safety to fend off attackers aggressively (Patriot Ledger)
QUINCY - You’re walking to your car at night and someone grabs you from behind. Screaming isn’t enough, a self-defense expert said. Bite, kick, scratch.

Robert Weissman: No Sex, But Still a Scandal (HuffingtonPost)
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday blessed the creation of a Lockheed-Boeing joint venture that it acknowledges will create a durable monopoly, raise prices and reduce innovation. The client of the joint venture, United Launch Alliance, will be the U.S. government, primarily the Defense Department. So the government has agreed to let itself be ripped off and price-gouged by a

AG files criminal charges against Dunn, others (CNET)
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer files criminal charges against HP's chairman and others involved in leak probe.

AG files criminal charges against Dunn, others (ZDNet)
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer files criminal charges against HP's chairman and others involved in leak probe.

Charges filed in HP spying scandal (AP via Yahoo! News)
California's attorney general filed criminal charges Wednesday against former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and four others involved in the corporate spying scandal at the computer and printer company.

Exclusive: Kimberly Williamson Butler Appears Before Grand Jury (WDSU TheNewOrleansChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
WDSU NewsChannel 6 was the only television station to talk to former Orleans Parish Criminal Clerk of Court as Kimberly Williamson Butler walked out of the criminal court building after appearing before a Grand Jury.

Hells Angels lawyers confront key witness in Las Vegas trial (KESQ)
LAS VEGAS A former Minnesota Hells Angels chapter president was challenged by defense lawyers who insisted he offered no evidence that club members on trial in Nevada were part of a criminal conspiracy.

Hells Angels lawyers confront key witness in Las Vegas trial (Las Vegas Sun)
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A key prosecution witness was challenged Wednesday about his own illegal activities by defense lawyers who insisted he offered no evidence that Hells Angels motorcycle club members standing trial in a deadly southern Nevada casino brawl were part of a criminal conspiracy.

Criminal Charges Filed In HP Spying Scandal (The Tampa Tribune)
SAN JOSE, Calif. - California's attorney general filed criminal charges Wednesday against former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and four others involved in the corporate spying scandal at the computer and printer company.

Don't Rush To Judgment On Criminal Court "Backlog" (The Chattanoogan)
Commissioner Curtis Adams has made the newspapers by criticizing the Criminal Courts for a "backlog" of cases, claiming that the judges are exercising insufficient discipline over defense attorneys, allowing cases to be passed too many times.

Minn. Hells Angel Testifies In Las Vegas Trial (WCCO Minneapolis/St. Paul)
A key prosecution witness was challenged Wednesday about his own illegal activities by defense lawyers who insisted he offered no evidence that Hells Angels motorcycle club members standing trial in a deadly southern Nevada casino brawl were part of a criminal conspiracy. More Crime News

Investigations continue at HP (USA Today)
Hewlett-Packard still faces a thicket of federal investigations after California's attorney general filed criminal complaints against former chairman Patricia Dunn and four others tied to HP's boardroom news-leak scandal.

Ex-HP chairwoman, 4 others face charges (AP via Yahoo! News)
Prosecutors filed criminal charges Wednesday against Hewlett-Packard's former chairwoman and four others involved in the corporate spying scandal that has shaken the Silicon Valley tech giant long revered for its ethics and professionalism.

Lawyers: 911 call error doesn't warrant criminal charges (WOOD TV 8)
DETROIT -- Lawyers for two 911 operators accused of ignoring a 5-year-old boy who called to say his mother had collapsed asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss criminal charges against...




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