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Criminal Defense News 01/2007



Joshuah Bearman: And Another Thing About Gerald Ford (HuffingtonPost)
I was out in Desert Hot Springs when the news came that Gerald Ford was finally eaten by wolves , and the Choachella valley locals took it hard. Such a nice man , they all said. Which, of course, is what everyone said. Everyone except Ford's many critics. Here are the mounting attacks of his brief tenure: 1. Ford's pardon of Nixon was not a martyr's act in the service of the national psyche ...

BP, crimes highlight 2006 court stories (Galveston County Daily News)
History-making industrial accidents, greed-driven killings and political dogfights all had homes in 2006 in Galveston County’s civil and criminal courts.

Scrushy/Siegelman Attorneys Receive more E-mails: Strong Difference of Opinion Between Government and Defense (WSFA Montgomery)
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 28, 2006 - It never seems to end - the corruption case involving former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, businessman Richard Scrushy and the case of the "mysterious" or some would say "manufactured" e-mails.

The Sentinel (The Sentinel)
DURHAM, N.C. - Nine months after the Duke lacrosse scandal broke, hardly anyone is willing to defend the prosecutor. Defense attorneys, legal experts and even longtime colleagues are raising serious questions about District Attorney Mike Nifong's judgment and integrity.

Video Link To Ease Crime Lab Backlog (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- A new reality show's coming to some of Arkansas' busiest criminal courts.

Lawyers by day, rockers by night (Chicago Sun-Times)
When he's not prosecuting murderers and drug dealers, John Kezdy stands on stage singing "Body Bag." Mark Shlifka, also a prosecutor, sticks to more mainstream music, revving up bar crowds with favorites like Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion."

Lawyer in DA's office is set to become judge today (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
FORT WORTH -- As a little girl growing up on a cotton farm, Mollee Westfall never dreamed of becoming a criminal court judge.

The best -- and worst -- in legal news for 2006 (CNN.com)
Miami lawyer Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney and frequent CNN guest analyst, takes a wry look at the best and worst the legal world had to offer in 2006.

2006 Was A Year Of Accountability (CBS News)
The underreported story of 2006 is how an array of forces began contesting Bush Administration impunity for war crimes, reasserting the rule of law over the executive branch, and pursuing the Administration?s accountability, The Nation says.

Journalists may testify in CIA leak case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Some journalists who made careers out of questioning government officials and bearing witness to history may soon find themselves answering questions from prosecutors as key witnesses in the CIA leak case.

Reporters Expected to Testify in Libby CIA Leak Case (Fox News)
Ten or more reporters could be called to testify in perjury and obstruction of justice case that media groups say sets 'horrifying' precedent of turning journalists on their sources.

Monday, January 1 (CNN.com)
BAGHDAD (CNN) -- U.S. officials reportedly tried to slow last week's rush to execution for Saddam Hussein, fearing it would fuel perceptions that the death of the former Iraqi dictator was more about Shia retribution and less about justice -- fears that seemed borne out by an amateur recording of Hussein's last moments.

NRA Sounds Alarm of Not-So-Imminent Threat (Washington Post)
In lobbying, a threat is good for business, whether it's genuine or not.

Journalists may testify in CIA leak case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Some journalists who made careers out of questioning government officials and bearing witness to history may soon find themselves answering questions from prosecutors as key witnesses in the CIA leak case.

Mentally ill in Travis getting public defender (San Antonio Express News)
Goal is for them to receive treatment and stay clear of jail.

Travis County combines justice, therapy (Houston Chronicle)
A public defender's office solely representing the mentally ill — believed to be the first of its kind in the nation — soon will begin serving Travis County criminal defendants afflicted with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression

Criminal trial makes national headlines (Alamogordo Daily News)
It was a crime shocking enough to make the national news for months on end. It was a featured trial on Court TV. Delbert Posey, Tryone Posey and Marilea Schmid had been slain and their bodies dumped in a pile of manure, and Delbert's son was locked up, charged with the brutal killings.

Wingfield's escape trial on hold (The Celina Record)
A state district judge in the escape trial of convicted murderer Raymond Wingfield temporarily put the proceedings on hold after his state-appointed defense attorneys requested fees that are above what the law allows.

Alleged Killer Won't Face Death (Hartford Courant)
Brady `Fats' Guilbert Of New London To Stand Trial This Week For Double Homicide An alleged double murderer, whose criminal record includes time spent in prison 16 years ago for shooting another man, no longer faces the possibility of the death penalty.

Video Link To Ease Crime Lab Backlog (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- A new reality show's coming to some of Arkansas' busiest criminal courts.

Lawyer has knack for tough cases (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Steve Romines is described by other lawyers, including some of his competitors, as Louisville's hottest criminal defense attorney.

Parrinello may give up defense of Schwab (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Former Greece Assessor Charles Schwab, accused of conspiring to swindle Greece taxpayers and Eastman Kodak Co. out of millions of dollars, could soon be without a lawyer.

Journalists may testify in CIA leak case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Some journalists who made careers out of questioning government officials and bearing witness to history may soon find themselves answering questions from prosecutors as key witnesses in the CIA leak case.

Experts fear journalist testimony in CIA leak case will erode freedom of press (USA Today)
Ten or more reporters from some of the most prominent news organizations could be called to testify in the perjury and obstruction case of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. It's rare enough for reporters to become witnesses. But the CIA leak case is even more unusual because journalists will be dueling witnesses some called by the defense team, some by prosecutors.

SAF Inaugurates 'Roosevelt Courageous Woman' Award (The Chattanoogan)
Recalling that the late former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a firm, if not outspoken, advocate of personal defense - she campaigned for civil rights in 1958 in Tennessee with a pistol on her car seat - the Second Amendment Foundation today is inaugurating a new award honoring women who use firearms in lawful defense against a criminal attack.

Rwanda: Interview of Stephen Rapp, ICTR Head of Prosecutions (AllAfrica.com)
Mr. Stephen Rapp, Head of Prosecutions at the Prosecutor Bureau of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has granted Hirondelle Agency an interview before he leaves for the Special Court for Sierra Leone where he is to take office as prosecutor.

Panel assaults state criminal code (Lincoln Courier)
CHICAGO - After nearly two years of closed-door study, a privately funded task force is sending a proposed rewrite of the state's criminal laws to Illinois legislators that would prune the massive code by about one-third.

FBI details possible detainee abuse (AP via Yahoo! News)
The FBI says its employees witnessed more than two dozen incidents of military officials and civilian contractors possibly mistreating detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military base.

Man accused in attack at mall to get psych evaluation (5:51 p.m.) (The Record)
STOCKTON – A Stockton man accused of trying to kill a Christmas shopper last month with a meat cleaver at the Sherwood Mall today was found mentally unstable to help his court appointed attorney mount a defense, a prosecutor said.

Iraqi soldier killed in fight with Marine (UPI)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. military is investigating the death of an Iraqi soldier killed in a fight with a Marine in Fallujah, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.

FBI details possible detainee abuse (AP via Yahoo! News)
FBI agents documented more than two dozen incidents of possible mistreatment at the Guantanamo Bay military base, including one detainee whose head was wrapped in duct tape for chanting the Quran and another who pulled out his hair after hours in a sweltering room.

NEWS SECTIONS (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
CARLSBAD — A former local veterinarian accused of multiple sex crimes involving a young girl will likely enter a plea in the criminal case against him in District Court later this month.

Articles on this topic (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
LONG BEACH - Despite passionate and sometimes lengthy arguments, six defense attorneys on Tuesday lost a round of motions to dismiss assault charges and hate-crime allegations against their clients - all of them black youths accused of attacking three white women on Halloween night.

Scrushy/Siegelman Attorneys Receive more E-mails: Strong Difference of Opinion Between Government and Defense (WSFA Montgomery)
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 28, 2006 - It never seems to end - the corruption case involving former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, businessman Richard Scrushy and the case of the "mysterious" or some would say "manufactured" e-mails.

Nearly 2,000 civilians slain in Iraq in December (Los Angeles Times)
It was the deadliest month in 2006, government agencies say. BAGHDAD — December was the deadliest month for Iraqi civilians in 2006, according to a combination of statistics released by staff at the Iraqi Health, Interior and Defense ministries. The death toll was 1,927, compared with 1,846 in November and 1,315 in October.

Video Link To Ease Crime Lab Backlog (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- A new reality show's coming to some of Arkansas' busiest criminal courts.

Father sentenced to prison (Provo Daily Herald)
A slight, trembling man listened in silence as 4th District Judge Steven Hansen quietly sentenced him to prison for what the defense called a grievous mistake and the prosecutor called a heinous act against his children. Christopher Wayne Young, 36, wept when pleading with Hansen to give him probation for three counts of child abuse.

Opening arguments portray young woman as either criminal or led by poor judgment (Bradenton Herald)
Opening statements have begun in the child-neglect trial of Sarah Froelich.

Blossom Valley defendants seek dismissal of charges (York Daily Record)
Attorneys argue licensed mechanic improperly adjusted brakes during state inspection three months before fatal Glen Rock crash. Jan 3, 2007 — The remaining defendants in the fatal Blossom Valley Farms dump truck crash are seeking dismissal of the criminal charges against them.

Judge orders psychiatric evaluation of terrorism suspect Padilla (Baltimore Sun)
After defense assertions that terrorism suspect Jose Padilla is suffering from severe mental health problems, a federal judge in Miami agreed yesterday to order a psychiatric evaluation of the accused al-Qaida agent.

‘Indecent exposure’ could be a sex crime (Army Times)
Keeping your clothes on at all times would be a good way to avoid criminal prosecution under a proposed change in the military’s legal code.

Nearly 2,000 civilians slain in Iraq in December (Los Angeles Times)
It was the deadliest month in 2006, government agencies say. BAGHDAD — December was the deadliest month for Iraqi civilians in 2006, according to a combination of statistics released by staff at the Iraqi Health, Interior and Defense ministries. The death toll was 1,927, compared with 1,846 in November and 1,315 in October.

Judge: Delay isn't enough to halt dump truck case (The York Dispatch)
Attorneys for Blossom Valley Farms, its owner and manager argued unsuccessfully Wednesday that the criminal cases against their clients should be dismissed because too much time has passed to bring them to trial.

Prosecutors Drop Charge Against KPMG (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Prosecutors have officially dropped a criminal conspiracy charge against KPMG LLP in a fraudulent tax-shelter case after the accounting firm fulfilled the terms of its nonprosecution agreement with the government.

Scrushy/Siegelman Attorneys Receive more E-mails: Strong Difference of Opinion Between Government and Defense (WSFA Montgomery)
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 28, 2006 - It never seems to end - the corruption case involving former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, businessman Richard Scrushy and the case of the "mysterious" or some would say "manufactured" e-mails.

Judge to reconsider May 15 trial date for Arellano-Felix (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge granted a defense request today to reconsider a May 15 trial date for accused drug kingpin Javier Arellano-Felix and another alleged member of his organization.

Peasley to face Alcona trial first (Alpena News)
Alan Peasley waived his right for a speedy trial in Alpena County after the prosecution and defense agreed to try the Alcona County case first. Prosecutor Dennis Grenkowicz said the proceedings in Alpena County have been postponed because the alleged criminal sexual conduct charges are less severe.

Judge still won't drop charges in Halloween attack (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Defense lawyers stress holes in cases vs. their clients. LONG BEACH - A Long Beach Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied two more defense attorneys' motions that criminal charges against their juvenile clients be dropped.

Group urges reform in criminal sentencing (Rocky Mountain News)
Sweeping criminal sentencing reform soon may be on the plates of state lawmakers.

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