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Murdered nurse's mother calls defense argument `bull' (Miami Herald)
Beverly Jackson tried to kick her way out of the car trunk -- but it ended up her watery grave. For more than eight years, how the Jackson Memorial Hospital nurse's body ended up in a North Miami-Dade canal -- her right foot extended into the car's back seat -- was a mystery.

Expert: School defense lessons lacking (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A security expert says the Burleson training is inadequate and could lead to student deaths in an actual incident.

Murdered nurse's mother calls defense argument `bull' (Miami Herald)
Beverly Jackson tried to kick her way out of the car trunk -- but it ended up her watery grave. For more than eight years, how the Jackson Memorial Hospital nurse's body ended up in a North Miami-Dade canal -- her right foot extended into the car's back seat -- was a mystery.

Self-defense training is inadequate, expert says (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A security expert says the Burleson training could lead to student deaths in an actual incident.

Cendant's ex-chairman convicted of conspiracy (International Herald Tribune)
Walter Forbes, the former chairman of Cendant, a now-defunct travel and real estate services company, was convicted at his third criminal trial of conspiracy in the accounting fraud that caused the company's market value to drop by $14 billion in one day in 1998.

Self-defense training is inadequate, expert says Post a comment (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A security expert says the Burleson training could lead to student deaths in an actual incident.

Noe can't mention coins' value (The Columbus Dispatch)
In a blow to Thomas W. Noe’s defense, the former coin dealer cannot discuss how much money the state expects to recover from his rare-coin investment, a judge ruled yesterday as testimony in Noe’s criminal trial continues for a third week.

County seeks grant for indigent defense (Athens Review Online)
The Henderson County Commissioners Court on Monday approved submitting an application for an indigent defense grant, but pointed out the funds do little to help the county keep up with the increasing cost.

Political Position of the FNLS Regarding the Criminal Acts Carried Out Against the APPO (Indymedia Chiapas)
1. The Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca is the political expression of an exercise in democracy in which the people generate spaces of direct participation that manifest a tradition of struggle and autonomy that the State tries to destroy.

Expert: School defense lessons lacking (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A security expert says the Burleson training is inadequate and could lead to student deaths in an actual incident.

Self-defense training is inadequate, expert says Post a comment (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A security expert says the Burleson training could lead to student deaths in an actual incident.

Connolly wants new judge in Gordon-Freebery criminal case (The News Journal)
• Case involves charges of racketeering, wire fraud and mail fraud against former New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and his ex-aide Sherry Freebery• Another former official, Janet Smith, is accused of mail fraud and destroying evidence• Fullam recently called a government position 'idiotic'

Defense Attorneys Are Running Our Criminal Courts (The Chattanoogan)
I read Claude Ramsey's comments regarding the three-year postponment of the Beasley trial with interest. It appears that our elected officials perceive this case being deferred for three years as possibly an isolated incident.

New York AG Presses Companies to Stop Paying Indicted Employees' Legal Bills (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
In an apparent first among state AGs, New York's Eliot Spitzer is pressing companies to stop paying the legal fees of employees facing criminal charges. Most of Spitzer's targets are financial institutions swept up in his probe of mutual funds.

Thursday, November 2 (CNN.com)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Defense attorneys for former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby won't be allowed to call an expert to the stand during his upcoming trial to explain to jurors the science and "fallibility" of memory, the judge in the case ruled Thursday.

Worried CIA Officers Buy Legal Insurance (Washington Post)
CIA counterterrorism officers have signed up in growing numbers for a government-reimbursed, private insurance plan that would pay their civil judgments and legal expenses if they are sued or charged with criminal wrongdoing, according to current and former intelligence officials and others with...

Unclear if US Republicans will profit from Saddam trial verdict (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A verdict in the first criminal case against Saddam Hussein is expected two days before a key US midterm vote that has become a referendum on the Iraq war -- but any benefit for President George W. Bush's Republican Party was unclear.

Well Known Criminal Defense Law Firm Opens Inland Empire Offices (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
The Kavinoky Law Firm, founded in 1994 by Darren T. Kavinoky, who is highly regarded as one of southern California's premier criminal defense attorneys, announced today that his firm has expanded its operations to include offices that will serve the Inland Empire.

Defense seeks hearing to see if jailhouse snitch got reduced sentence for testimony (Lowell Sun)
CAMBRIDGE -- A Superior Court judge has given the Middlesex District Attorney's Office a deadline to respond to convicted murderer James J. Rodwell's claim that a jailhouse snitch was given a reduced sentence to testify against him 25 years ago in the slaying of a Burlington police captain's son.

Veteran Trial Lawyer DeMaurice 'De' Smith Joins Patton Boggs LLP (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Patton Boggs LLP is pleased to announce that DeMaurice "De" Smith has joined the firm as a partner in the firm's litigation group. Mr. Smith will focus on white-collar criminal defense matters and high-profile tort liability trials.

Defense requests second lawyer (Times Herald)
COURTHOUSE - The lawyer representing accused killer Corey Jemeal Wright, a 26-year-old Norristown resident charged with the revenge-motivated shooting death of a young Norristown mother, needs some help in defending his client.

Menendez hires top lawyer in rent case (The Star-Ledger)
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D- N.J.) has repeatedly denied he is being investigated by federal prosecutors, but yesterday his campaign staff confirmed that a prominent criminal defense lawyer is representing him in an inquiry into a rental property he once owned.

Defense fund started for commanders (The Press-Enterprise)
LEGAL: Under federal law, they can be prosecuted if an inquiry finds them responsible for deaths.

Pier 34 jury, still deliberating, seeks more explanations (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Jurors in the Pier 34 trial asked a judge yesterday to explain again the criminal charges filed against pier owner Michael Asbell and operator Eli Karetny and requested more documents for review.

Suspect's defense wants file opened (Baltimore Sun)
Judge is asked to unseal record of early abuse, neglect of Harford man accused in killing An attorney representing a 35-year-old Harford County man accused in the killing of an Elkton woman has asked that records documenting childhood abuse and neglect of the suspect be unsealed, offering a possible preview into the defense strategy.

Israelis in battle at Gaza mosque (CNN.com)
Israeli troops exchanged gunfire and grenades with militants holed up in a northern Gaza mosque Friday as intensified operations entered a third day, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman said.

Firefighter takes stand in his own defense (Gainesville Sun)
An Alachua County firefighter, charged with attempted first-degree murder, took the stand in his own defense Thursday.

Iraq's defense minister cancels leave for army officers (USA Today)
Iraq's defense minister on Friday canceled leave for all army officers, apparently fearing violence after Sunday's expected announcement of a verdict in the trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein trial.

New York, November 3, 2006 (CPJ Press Freedom Online)
researcher Zhao Yan, who is jailed on fraud charges, defense lawyer Guan Anping told CPJ. Guan said that the decision defied clear regulations allowing for open proceedings in criminal cases that do not involve state secrets.

Stabbing justified, prosecutor says (The Courier)
Prosector determines Leatherwood acted in self-defense By Brooke Vermillion-Chambers Reporter No criminal charges will be filed against the man accused in the Oct. 2 stabbing death of a 19-year-old Russellville man, 5th Judicial District Prosecutor David Gibbons said Thursday.

Bradley praises Menendez as Kean pounds ethics issue (Philly.com)
While Sen. Robert Menendez sought to align himself Friday with a former New Jersey politician known for his clean reputation, Republican Tom Kean Jr., his opponent in the U.S. Senate race, renewed his claim that Menendez is the subject of a federal criminal investigation.

DA's office considers changes after 9NEWS report (9 News Denver)
DENVER - The District Attorney's Office is looking into whether it needs to do more to protect sensitive information it handles in criminal cases.

Defense says student was coerced into confession (Daily Southtown)
A Markham man told Cook County prosecutors in a videotaped statement played Friday in Cook County Criminal Court that he helped hold down a 22-year-old woman in July 2002 so another man could choke the life out of her.

Court of Criminal Appeals candidates (Montgomery Advertiser)
Aubrey Ford Jr. * Age: 57 * Political affiliation: Democrat * Job: District judge in Macon County * Education: Undergraduate degree from Lincoln University; juris doctorate from Brown University.

Defense won't take long, Noe's lawyers say (The Columbus Dispatch)
TOLEDO — Coin dealer Thomas W. Noe’s defense will begin Monday and last less than a day, his attorneys said, meaning the case could go to the jury early next week.

Accuracy of warrants questioned after former cop's testimony (Boston Globe)
A former Hartford detective's claim that city police frequently signed warrants swearing to have witnessed illegal activity they really didn't see is sparking concern among defense lawyers of possible perjury and corner-cutting.

Counsel turnover takes toll on criminal justice system (Miami Herald)
Florida's prosecutors and public defenders are leaving their jobs at record rates for careers with better pay. As a result of the high turnover, cases are lagging, witness memories are fading and far too many attorneys are inexperienced, public officials say.

Defense: Arson case short on evidence (Palm Springs and Coachella Valley Local News and Guides)
Forty-eight hours after prosecutors said there was "overwhelming evidence" linking Raymond Lee Oyler to the deadly Esperanza inferno and 11 other arson fires, his attorney says all he knows is what's contained in a three-page synopsis.

No time limit on Hussein appeal (CNN.com)
The death sentences handed down Sunday against former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and two of his co-defendants triggers an automatic appeal to the Iraqi Criminal Tribunal.

Suspect's defense wants file opened (Baltimore Sun)
Judge is asked to unseal record of early abuse, neglect of Harford man accused in killing An attorney representing a 35-year-old Harford County man accused in the killing of an Elkton woman has asked that records documenting childhood abuse and neglect of the suspect be unsealed, offering a possible preview into the defense strategy.

Mideast reaction in Saddam verdict (AP via Yahoo! News)
"The families of the victims have the right to smile and celebrate a little by this death sentence against this criminal and his aides." — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in televised speech.

Sunday, Nov 05, 2006 (Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau)
WASHINGTON - The new chief of the FBI's Criminal Division, which is swamped with public corruption cases, says the bureau is ramping up its ability to catch crooked politicians and might run an undercover sting on Congress.

Trial Was Flawed but Reasonably Fair, Experts Say (New York Times)
Legal experts said flaws in the trial flaws left doubts about whether Saddam Hussein was allowed to present a full defense.

The new chief of the FBI's Criminal Division, which is swamped with... (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The new chief of the FBI's Criminal Division, which is swamped with public corruption cases, says the bureau is ramping up its ability to catch crooked politicians and might run an undercover sting on Congress.

KEY TRIAL MOMENTS (Miami Herald)
Key moments in Saddam Hussein's trial on charges stemming from the 1982 killings of nearly 150 Shiite Muslims in Dujail: 2005: June 17: First criminal case filed against Hussein and seven co-defendants, charged in the deaths of about 150 Shiites after a 1982 assassination attempt against Hussein in Dujail.

FBI looking for opportunities to go undercover in Congress (Baltimore Sun)
Official calls public corruption program 'a sleeping giant we've awoken' The new chief of the FBI's Criminal Division, which is swamped with public corruption cases, says the bureau is ramping up its ability to catch crooked politicians and might run an undercover sting on Congress.

Hussein defense team calls death sentence 'null' (CNN.com)
Sentences returned against former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and six co-defendants in their trial for torturing and killing civilians are "null" and a "mockery" of justice, defense lawyers said Monday.

Noe unlikely to testify as defense steps up (The Toledo Blade)
Last week, near the end of his cross-examination of Tim LaPointe, Tom Noe's defense attorney, John Mitchell, peppered Noe's co-defendant with questions.

ISYS:desktop Provides Legal Support for The Law Offices of Ezekiel E. Cortez (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DENVER----ISYS® Search Software , a global supplier of enterprise search solutions for business and government, today announced that the law offices of Ezekiel E. Cortez have selected ISYS:desktop to support the firm's defense of federal criminal trials in courts throughout the nation.

Phase Two in the Saddam Trial (Foreign Relations)
The Iraqi High Criminal Court (IHHC) (PDF) , formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal , is hearing its second case against Saddam Hussein and his top lieutenants.




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