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Criminal Defense News 04/2007



La. judge frees 42, calling indigent defense a 'mockery' (Boston Globe)
NEW ORLEANS -- Calling the Orleans Parish program for defending indigent clients "a mockery" of what a criminal justice system should provide, a criminal court judge has ordered 42 defendants released and their prosecutions halted.

Ga. public defense program overwhelmed (Boston Globe)
ATLANTA -- When Georgia instituted a statewide public defender system in 2005, human rights groups hailed the new system as a milestone in ensuring poor criminal defendants receive their constitutional right to a fair trial.

'I need to know everything' (Orlando Sentinel)
For 25 years, Robert "Bob" Leventhal has been considered among Central Florida's best criminal-defense attorneys, specializing in tax and white-collar crime cases. Clients have ranged from wrestler Hulk Hogan and former Orange County Property Appraiser Ford Hausman to several former NBA players. One thing is certain: Leventhal and his longtime law partner, Harrison "Butch" Slaughter, have been on ...

New Orleans judge may free dozens (USA Today)
An angry New Orleans judge says he will release 42 criminal defendants on April 18 because they lack adequate legal representation.

Rogers asks to testify in trial (Penn State Collegian)
Andrew Rogers, the man accused of murdering a Penn State student last year, wants to take the stand at his upcoming trial, his lawyer said Friday. "Andy wants to do it," defense attorney David Crowley said. "You have to evaluate where you are at the time [during the trial].

Many locals run for offices (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — With one week remaining to qualify for county elections, the slots are filling up. Circuit Clerk M.L. “Binkey” Vines (D) has another opponent. Joining Vines, Wilbur Johnson (D) and City Clerk Donnie Holloway (D) is Eddie Walker (D), criminal investigator for the district attorney’s office.

Newark offers police program for youngsters (The News Journal)
For the sixth year, Newark police will host their Youth Police Academy, giving kids a chance to investigate a mock crime and learn self-defense tactics.

Nantucket murder suspect to use insanity defense (Boston Herald)
NANTUCKET - A former New York bank executive charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend will use an insanity defense at trial, according to court documents. A lawyer for Thomas Toolan III filed a motion...

East-West Center aids law seminar in Cambodia (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
The East-West Center helped to put on a workshop in international criminal law recently in Cambodia to assist defense lawyers in preparing for the trial of Khmer Rouge leaders, according to a news release.

Nantucket Murder Suspect To Use Insanity Defense (The Boston Channel)
A former New York bank executive charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend on Nantucket will use an insanity defense at trial.

Nantucket murder suspect to use insanity defense (Boston Globe)
A former New York bank executive charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend will use an insanity defense at trial, according to court documents.

Nantucket murder suspect to use insanity defense (WPRI 12 Providence)
NANTUCKET, Mass. A former New York bank executive charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend on Nantucket will use an insanity defense at trial.

New Orleans Judge Slams City's Justice System (NPR)
A New Orleans judge wants to free some defendants from jail -- on the basis that the quality of their legal defense is so bad. And the public defenders' office agrees, saying "he public defender system has been broken for decades.

Judge: Civil wiretapping cases delayed until criminal trial ends (San Diego Union-Tribune)
LOS ANGELES, 2:42 p.m. April 2 (AP): Civil trials stemming from a Hollywood wiretapping scandal will have to wait until private investigator Anthony Pellicano and five others are tried in a federal criminal case, a judge ruled Monday.

Attorneys, Investigators and Litigators Discuss Motivations for Corporate Fraud at Forensic Investigations Conference: ... (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NEW YORK----Panel discussions among white collar criminal defense attorneys, in-house counsel, forensic investigators, litigators and former prosecutors recently addressed current corporate fraud enforcement actions and key strategies for conducting forensic investigations at American Conference Institute's Conducting Forensic Investigations conference, sponsored by Deloitte Financial Advisory ...

Judge: Civil wiretapping cases delayed until criminal trial ends (North County Times)
LOS ANGELES -- Civil trials stemming from a Hollywood wiretapping scandal will have to wait until private investigator Anthony Pellicano and five others are tried in a federal criminal case, a judge ruled Monday.

Defense Lawyers Dismayed by 9th Circuit Ruling on Willful Ignorance (Law.com)
How to determine whether someone knew they were committing a crime has long been an epistemological briar patch. As 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski put it Monday, "we've seen a proliferation of narrow, heavily fact-dependant and at times contradictory opinions that have been difficult for both judges and litigants to navigate." In his opinion, Kozinski set out to "clear away the underbrush" as to ...

Nantucket murder suspect to use insanity defense (The Standard-Times)
NANTUCKET — A former New York bank executive charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend will use an insanity defense at trial, according to court documents.

Defense Lawyers Dismayed by 9th Circuit Ruling on Willful Ignorance (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
How to determine whether someone knew they were committing a crime has long been an epistemological briar patch. As 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski put it Monday, "we've seen a proliferation of narrow, heavily fact-dependant and at times contradictory opinions that have been difficult for both judges and litigants to navigate."

Nantucket Murder Suspect Defines Defense (NBC 10 Providence)
NANTUCKET, Mass. -- A former New York bank executive charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend on Nantucket will use an insanity defense at trial.

Houston Defense Team for Mayor Melton Withdraws (WLBT 3)
A Houston Attorney, who was introduced with much fanfare, will no longer be a part of Jackson Mayor Frank Melton's Defense Team. A motion has been filed withdrawing Craig Washington and four others.

Dad’s killing self-defense or malice? (Lebanon Daily News)
The prosecution and the defense agree that Javier Roldan shot and killed his father last August. But they differ on why.

Lakewood boy, 9, may avoid criminal trial in car chase (Tacoma News Tribune)
Semaj Booker may elude criminal prosecution on charges he stole a neighbor’s car and led police on a high-speed chase, even though he went on the Dr. Phil show and said he did it.

Machelle Green Killed 41-Year-Old Man In Self-Defense, Attorney Tells Jury (The Chattanoogan)
The lawyer for 28-year-old Machelle Antoinette Green told a Criminal Court jury on Tuesday that his client does not deny inflicting the blows that killed a 41-year-old Guatemalan foundry worker a year ago this month.

Pathologist’s breakdown threatens cases (MSNBC)
an untold number of criminal cases have been thrown into jeopardy by Glenn’s breakdown, according to Associated Press interviews with prosecutors and defense attorneys.

No criminal charges in shooting death of Henry County man (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
William Perdue was shot eight times on the morning of August 13th. At the time, Henry County deputies declined to file criminal charges, saying it was a case of self-defense. But Perdue's mother demanded further review.

Man accused of slitting Antioch mom's throat is mentally ill, defense argues (San Jose Mercury News)
A psychiatrist testifying for the defense today said that murder defendant Jason Beck suffered from a mental illness known as intermittent explosive disorder, which is frequently associated with incidents of road rage.

No criminal charges in shooting death of Henry County man (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
William Perdue was shot eight times on the morning of August 13th. At the time, Henry County deputies declined to file criminal charges, saying it was a case of self-defense. But Perdue's mother demanded further review.

Colombia captures fugitive militia boss (AP via Yahoo! News)
Authorities captured a fugitive right-wing warlord Tuesday accused in massacres and of running a murderous criminal band involved in drug trafficking and extortion, officials said.

Federal Judge Rejects Venue Change for Men Accused of Smuggling Cuban Ballplayers (Law.com)
Defense attorneys for three men charged with smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States have been rebuffed in their bid to move their upcoming criminal trial to Miami. Among other things, the lawyers apparently figured that Miami jurors would be more sympathetic to their clients' efforts to get Cubans out of Fidel Castro's Cuba. But last week, without explanation, U.S. District Judge ...

Federal Judge Rejects Venue Change for Men Accused of Smuggling Cuban Ballplayers (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Defense attorneys for three men charged with smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States have been rebuffed in their bid to move their upcoming criminal trial to Miami. Among other things, the lawyers apparently figured that Miami jurors would be more sympathetic to their clients' efforts to get Cubans out of Fidel Castro's Cuba.

Universal Guardian Unveils New RFID Programs at Department of Defense (DoD) RFID SUMMIT (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. , an emerging global leader in non-lethal protection products, integrated transportation and global supply chain security systems, and strategic security services to protect against terrorist, criminal, and security threats to governments and businesses worldwide, announced that it has introduced its new TAGeasy and TAGstation DoD RFID programs at the United ...

Lawyer tries to show Hollinger board OKd payments (Crane's Chicago Business)
(Reuters) -- Defense lawyers at Conrad Black's criminal fraud trial sought to show jurors on Wednesday that the board overseeing his former company approved tens of millions of dollars in payments that prosecutors say the fallen media baron and his co-defendants stole. The board of Hollinger ...

Board knew of Conrad Black's payments (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Defense lawyers at the criminal fraud trial of Conrad Black sought to show on Wednesday that millions of dollars of payments received by the fallen media baron and co-defendants were approved by the board of his former company, not stolen.

Pana Man Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison For Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (Shelbyville Daily Union)
On April 2, Judge John P. Coady sentenced Andrew J. Myers, 22, of Pana to a total of 40 years in prison on two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.

Judge sets Enron retrial as settlement stalls (CNN Money)
Judge sets January trial date but urges lawyers to reach settlement after ex-Merrill employees' criminal convictions were overturned on appeal.

Above the traffic (Big Bear Grizzly)
Sitting in traffic is a pain in the butt. Montie Reynolds has found a way to ease the pain. He flies to work. At least four times a week Reynolds, a criminal defense attorney, fuels up his Piper Arrow and flies from Big Bear to El Monte.

Board knew of Conrad Black's payments, jurors told (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Defense lawyers at the criminal fraud trial of Conrad Black sought to show on Wednesday that millions in payments received by the fallen media baron and co-defendants were approved by the board of his former company, not stolen.

Black Defense Says Payouts Were Backed by Board (New York Times)
Defense lawyers sought to show that millions in payments received by Conrad M. Black and his co-defendants were approved by the board of his former company.

Madam suspect demands $500,000 for legal defense (The Washington Times)
A California woman accused of running a multimillion-dollar prostitution ring in the District says she is having "irreconcilable" differences with her public defender and wants the courts to set aside a half-million dollars to fund her legal defense.

BLACK DEFENSE: BOARD APPROVED (New York Post)
CHICAGO - Defense lawyers at Conrad Black's criminal fraud trial yesterday sought to show jurors that the board overseeing his former company approved tens of millions of dollars in payments that prosecutors say Black and his co-defendants stole...

No criminal charges in shooting death of Henry County man (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
William Perdue was shot eight times on the morning of August 13th. At the time, Henry County deputies declined to file criminal charges, saying it was a case of self-defense. But Perdue's mother demanded further review.

No criminal charges in shooting death of Henry County man (WDBJ 7 Roanoke)
William Perdue was shot eight times on the morning of August 13th. At the time, Henry County deputies declined to file criminal charges, saying it was a case of self-defense. But Perdue's mother demanded further review.

Above the traffic (Big Bear Grizzly)
Sitting in traffic is a pain in the butt. Montie Reynolds has found a way to ease the pain. He flies to work. At least four times a week Reynolds, a criminal defense attorney, fuels up his Piper Arrow and flies from Big Bear to El Monte.

Ukraine's president warns on elections (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Viktor Yushchenko Thursday raised the stakes in the standoff with Ukraine's defiant premier, warning that officials who failed to carry out his order to hold early parliamentary elections would face criminal charges.

Ukraine's political crisis deepens (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Viktor Yushchenko threatened his rival Thursday with criminal charges if he refuses to prepare for early parliamentary elections next month, suggesting the Ukrainian leader was losing patience in the deepening political crisis.

Defense in Black trial slams witness on payments (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Some of the payments at the center of Conrad Black's criminal fraud trial were reported to U.S. government regulators in a timely fashion and not hidden as prosecutors have suggested, jurors were told on Thursday.

House panel OKs prostitution bill over police, legal objections (Naples Daily News)
An unsuspecting strip club owner fires a dancer when he finds out she has been violating his rules against prostitution. The dancer then goes to police, confesses, automatically receives immunity and later gets a third of the proceeds after the club is seized and sold and the owner convicted of abetting prostitution. That's the scenario criminal defense lawyer Luke Lirot of Tampa told the House ...

President Says Premier Could Face Charges in Ukraine Crisis (Washington Post)
KIEV, Ukraine, April 5 -- President Viktor Yushchenko threatened his rival Thursday with criminal charges if he refuses to prepare for early parliamentary elections next month, suggesting the Ukrainian leader was losing patience in the deepening political crisis.

Payments in Conrad Black Case Were Not Secret, Defense Says (New York Times)
The media lord?s lawyers produce evidence that some noncompete payments were reported to the S.E.C. .




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