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Criminal Defense News 05/2007



Local Attorneys Advocate for Juvenile In Murder Case (KEYT 3 Santa Barbara)
Nearly a dozen Santa Barbara County Criminal Defense Attorneys are trying to prevent the District Attorney from trying 14-year-old Ricardo Juarez, as an adult.

Investigator pleads guilty to falsifying documents in death-row cases (The Sacramento Bee)
A defense investigator pleaded guilty Monday to falsifying documents in the cases of four death-row inmates as part of her efforts to block executions.

Attracting Graduates by Helping Pay Their Debt (Washington Post)
Criminal investigators. Lawyers. Intelligence analysts. Engineers: The U.S. government wants you, and federal agencies are offering student loan repayments to attract and keep these highly qualified employees.

Defense blames AIDSdementia for shooting of two deputies (Sun-Sentinel)
An expert witness testified for the defense that Kenneth Wilk had AIDS dementia on the day he fatally shot a Broward sheriff's deputy, and said there was independent medical evidence, which could not be faked, to support the diagnosis.

Teen expected to testify in own defense at trial (The Iowa City Press-Citizen)
A 16-year-old Iowa City boy is expected to testify this morning in his own defense to refute charges that he sexually assaulted a University of Iowa student last November.

Tanker driver has criminal past (The San Francisco Examiner)
The tanker driver whose accident is expected to wreack havoc on the East Bay-San Francisco commute for months to come - and who has a criminal history including a nearly three-year stint in prison - is likely to face a simple citation or a misdemeanor for his involvement in the collapse and closure of sections of the MacArthur Maze.

SACRAMENTO / 5-year term for investigator in forgery case (San Francisco Chronicle)
A former criminal defense investigator accused of forging statements from jurors, witnesses and others in death penalty cases pleaded guilty to four charges Monday and accepted a five-year prison sentence. Kathleen Culhane, 40, said outside a...

P.D. asks Broward judge be taken off criminal cases over 'racial comment' (Sun-Sentinel)
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein called Monday for a Broward Circuit Court judge to be taken off of criminal cases after he made what attorneys have said was a racially insensitive comment.

Broward judge asks be taken off criminal cases after comment questioned (Sun-Sentinel)
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Broward County's Criminal Administrative Chief Judge Charles Greene asked Tuesday to be taken off criminal cases to avoid a furor over making what attorneys said was a racially insensitive comment.

Criminal charges dropped against Marine accused of beating Iraqis (The San Francisco Examiner)
SAN DIEGO ( Map , News ) - Military prosecutors have withdrawn criminal charges against an officer accused of beating Iraqi detainees, but he will plead guilty to assault at an administrative hearing as part of a pretrial agreement, his attorney said Tuesday.

Camden lawyer named president of state defense attorney association (Courier-Post)
Attorney Justin Loughry, whose career includes defending unpopular clients and causes, has been named president of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for New Jersey.

US, Montenegro sign defense, troop immunity pacts (Space War)
Washington (AFP) May 1 - The United States signed a defense pact Tuesday with Montenegro that could open the way for the deployment of US forces to the young Balkan republic -- a step likely to fuel tensions with Russia.

Criminal charges dropped against officer in Hamdania case (North County Times)
CAMP PENDLETON -- Criminal assault charges against a Marine Corps officer for his alleged treatment of insurgent detainees in Iraq have been withdrawn, but he will face administrative punishment for mishandling interrogations and could be discharged from the service.

B92 - News - Globe - U.S., Montenegro sign defense treaty (B92)
WASHINGTON -- The United States signed a defense pact with Montenegro that could open the way for the deployment of U.S. in that country.

Attorney takes first step seeking probation for Winkler (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)
ASHLAND - Defense attorney Steve Farese has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to check Mary Winkler's criminal background to determine her eligibility for alternative sentencing.

Winkler's attorney makes first move toward probation (The Tennessean)
Mary Winkler's defense attorney has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate his client's criminal background to determine her eligibility for alternative sentencing, a Mississippi newspaper reported today. Attorney Steve Farese Farese made application to the TBI on Tuesday, according to the Northeast Mississpippi Daily Journal. Sentencing in the case has been set for May 18. ...

Winkler's attorney makes first move toward probation (Fairview Observer)
Mary Winkler's defense attorney has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate his client's criminal background to determine her eligibility for alternative sentencing, a Mississippi newspaper reported today.

Judge's status under review following accusations he made racist comments (7 News Miami)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Broward's chief criminal judge has requested a move to civil court after defense attorneys compalin that he openly made racial remarks regarding an attempted murder case two weeks ago.

UN's Ban vows defense of media freedom (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday he is alarmed at the increasing number of journalists being targeted because of their work.

The Daily Buzz: Minnesota Edition (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
GOLFING WEATHER Worthy causes If things go the way F. Clayton Tyler has planned, metro golf courses will be more diverse in the near future. Tyler, a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer and the husband of former Minneapolis City Council president Jackie Cherryhomes, is the founder of the Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association. He began the organization 10 years ago to help give city children ...

Ex-gov. grilled at Conrad Black trial (AP via Yahoo! News)
Former Gov. James R. Thompson suffered through five seemingly endless hours on the witness stand Wednesday as defense attorneys ripped in into his performance as a director of media mogul Conrad Black's Hollinger newspaper conglomerate.

Ex-gov. grilled at Conrad Black trial (Sharewatch)
Thompson, a week short of his 71st birthday, sat glumly, answering in monosyllables at times, as a team of veteran criminal defense lawyers bombarded him with questions far more searching than anything he was used to at news conferences in 14 years as governor of Illinois.

Criminal charges dropped against officer in Hamdania case (North County Times)
CAMP PENDLETON -- Criminal assault charges against a Marine Corps officer for his alleged treatment of insurgent detainees in Iraq have been withdrawn, but he will face administrative punishment for mishandling interrogations and could be discharged from the service.

Defense lawyers go on offensive against officers in ticket scandal (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Some defense attorneys in the St. Louis area say they are eagerly scouring their clients' case files to look for nine names among the prosecution witnesses.

Camden lawyer named president of state group (Courier-Post)
Camden lawyer Justin Loughry, whose career includes defending unpopular clients and causes, has been named president of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for New Jersey.

Ex-Moldovan Defense Minister Pasat's case returned to Appeals Board (Interfax)
CHISINAU. May 3 (Interfax) - The Moldovan Supreme Judicial Board returned a criminal case against former Defense Minister Valeriu Pasat to the Appeals Board for revision.

Hearing Expected Thursday In Foley Case (News 8 San Diego)
Thursday, a judge is expected to consider a defense motion to suppress evidence in the criminal case against former Chargers Linebacker Steve Foley.

CASE OF THE GIVING GAME (James Kilpatrick via Yahoo! News)
How much is too much? In one context or another, the Supreme Court often has considered the question. Now a criminal case is pending that presents the question in the light of professional fund raising. Prepare to raise at least one incredulous eyebrow. Or maybe two.

State's Attorney Explains Criminal Justice System At Citizen Police Academy (Newtown Bee)
The chief law enforcement officer for the Judicial District of Danbury explained the state's criminal justice system to participants at the Citizen Police Academy, describing the workings of the criminal courts, which annually handle thousands of cases forwarded to them by police.

Heat stays on ex-director Thompson at Black trial (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Defense lawyers continued on Thursday to grill former Illinois governor James Thompson, a one-time director at Conrad Black's former company, about his "sketchy" memory of meetings and conversations that are central to the fraud case against the toppled media mogul.

Congress to examine missile defense plan (UPI)
A week before U.S.-Czech negotiations are set to begin, a key Democrat urged the U.S. Congress to withhold funds for President Bush's missile defense plans.

Law clerk accuses Phil Spector's lawyers of hiding small piece of evidence from death scene (CourtTV via Yahoo! News)
LOS ANGELES (C ourt TV) - A former law clerk for famed defense attorney Robert Shapiro accused Phil Spector's legal team Wednesday of hiding a piece of evidence found at the scene of an actress's death.

Lawyer says Spector defense found object at crime scene (San Diego Union-Tribune)
LOS ANGELES, 2:01 p.m. May 3 (AP): A lawyer who once worked for Phil Spector surprised a courtroom with the disclosure Thursday that she saw famed criminalist Henry Lee pick up a small white object the size of a fingernail at the scene of Lana Clarkson's death in the record producer's home.

Testimony: Spector Defense Hid Evidence (KABC-TV Los Angeles)
Prosecutors' claims that Phil Spector's defense concealed key evidence in an actress' shooting death got surprise support.

Doug Thomson represented infamous murder defendants (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
His courtroom oratory was legendary, as were his tenacious cross-examinations. Doug Thomson, a criminal defense attorney in some of the biggest trials in the last half of the 20th century in Minnesota, died Wednesday in Roseville. He was 77 and had Alzheimer's. Minneapolis attorney Joseph Friedberg recalls Thomson pointing his finger at prosecution witnesses and calling them liars. "He was one of ...

Man stabbed driver in self-defense, lawyer says (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
A repair service man who allegedly stabbed to death a 23-year-old father in front of his wife and child in an apparent case of road rage was trying to defend himself, his lawyer said Thursday. [ Submit your comments below. ]Noah Pines said that his client, a service man for a plumbing and drain service company, has told Atlanta police that his actions Tuesday night were in self-defense. Police ...

Lawyer: Spector’s defense concealed evidence (MSNBC)
Prosecution claims that Phil Spector’s defense concealed key evidence in an actress’ shooting death were given surprise support Thursday when a lawyer who once worked for the record producer said she saw famed criminalist Henry Lee pick up a fingernail-sized object at the scene.

Conflict Counsel Bill Faces a Vote in Fla. Legislature (Law.com)
The Florida Legislature is expected to vote today on a measure that would create separate offices to represent poor criminal defendants whom public defenders can't represent due to conflicts of interest. Lawyers in these new public offices would take over most of this work from private lawyers who currently are appointed by the courts. Some criminal defense lawyers say the plan may have a ...

Agent adds Bucher to defense (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Waukesha - A former top insurance agent awaiting sentencing on more than 100 criminal counts for establishing...

Dallas lawyer convicted twice of felonies suspended by bar (Dallas Morning News)
A Dallas criminal defense lawyer who is a twice-convicted felon has been suspended from practicing law for three years by the State Bar of Texas.

Liddell's rape defense compares testimony (Post-Tribune)
The statements of two teens, who said they were sexually assaulted by Walter Lee Liddell, sat side-by-side as defense attorney John Cantrell went through them sentence by sentence with the lead detective on the case.

County official backs providing legal aid in residency hearings (The Arizona Republic)
The county official who oversees the Maricopa County criminal justice system on Thursday refused to back down from his decision to send taxpayer-funded defense attorneys to initial court appearances over the objections of Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

Testimony Supports Claim That Spector Defense Hid Evidence (Fox News)
Prosecutors' claims that Phil Spector's defense concealed key evidence in an actress' shooting death got surprise support Thursday when a lawyer said she saw famed criminalist Henry Lee pick up a fingernail-size object at the scene.

Meck. judge removed from criminal court (The Charlotte Observer)
After complaints from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police about her rulings, District Judge Nancy Norelli has been removed from criminal court and reassigned to hear divorce, child custody and child support cases.

Cleaning up 'politics' (The Leader Times)
"Politics is politics. Was this criminal or is this the way politics are played today? It's a dirty business." So said defense attorney Patrick Thomassey.

Suit filed over indigent defense (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
The judges of Criminal District Court voted Friday to remove four members of the board that oversees the New Orleans public defender office, prompting the entire board to file a federal lawsuit saying the judges are improperly interfering with providing quality legal representation to poor defendants.

Obituary: Ryman was defense in simultaneous cases (San Antonio Express-News)
Dick Ryman, the defense attorney in an unusual case in which a man charged with two counts of murder was tried simultaneously in a trial heard by two separate juries more than 15 years ago, has died at 63.

Luzerne DA candidates stress experience (Standard Speaker)
By KENT JACKSON Staff Writer Like a criminal trial, the race for Luzerne County district attorney pits a prosecutor against a defense attorney. Jackie Musto Carroll spent her career as an assistant district attorney while Vito DeLuca is a veteran public defender.

Defense lawyer left Chicago for laid-back Tucson (Arizona Daily Star)
When Chicago native Stanton Bloom moved to Tucson, he planned to stay only a couple of years.

Under suspicion, attorney Russell stands his ground (Greenwich Time)
In the past months Philip Russell has struggled with the dual role of criminal defense attorney and defendant while trying to muster as much levity as he can, he said.




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