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Meet Fred Thompson: Friend of Felons (The Nation via Yahoo! News)
The Nation -- Here is the latest from the front page of the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust, the group that has been shaking down Republican donors for the money needed to maintain the convicted felon's silence until an appropriate moment arrives for him to be pardoned by President Bush:

Moneymakers: Derissa Cheatham, aide to criminal defense attorney Mike Ramsey (Houston Chronicle)
Derissa Cheatham has seen it all. No, really, she has. She's spent some quality time with folks accused of murder, mayhem and in big corporate scandals. As the right-hand woman to criminal defense attorney Mike Ramsey, she's done everything from getting people out of jail to combing complex Enron documents looking for the needle in an evidentiary haystack.

Criminal Defense Team Opens Office in Inland Empire (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Law firm committed to defending the constitutional rights of those accused of felonies and or misdemeanors in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside or San Bernardino opens new office.

Criminal Defense Team Opens Office in Inland Empire (PR Web)
Law firm committed to defending the constitutional rights of those accused of felonies and or misdemeanors in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside or San Bernardino opens new office. (PRWeb Jun 1, 2007) Post Comment:Trackback URL: (link) U2luZy1aZXRhLUluc2UtU2luZy1UaGlyLVplcm8=

Milton's attorney says charges should be dismissed (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON -- The McLean County clerk’s defense attorney argued Thursday accusations against his client don’t describe criminal acts and the charges should be dismissed.

F-14 Parts, Anyone? (BusinessWeek)
How Iran obtains restricted military technology from the Defense Dept.

Former Department Of Defense Employee Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison on Corruption Charges (U.S. Newswire via Yahoo! News)
A former Department of Defense (DOD) employee was sentenced to 12 months in prison for accepting illegal gratuities from a government contractor, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.

Employee transfered after allegations against boss (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — Defense lawyers for McLean County Clerk Peggy Ann Milton want to know the details of a new job assignment for a county employee who may be the state’s primary witness in a criminal case against Milton.

Teens sentenced for vandalism (The Times-Reporter)
Three 17-year-old Twin Cities residents admitted to one count apiece of criminal damaging in Tuscarawas County Juvenile Court at New Philadelphia Friday after prosecutors and defense attorneys worked out a deal before a pre-trial hearing.

Employee transfered after allegations against boss (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — Defense lawyers for McLean County Clerk Peggy Ann Milton want to know the details of a new job assignment for a county employee who may be the state’s primary witness in a criminal case against Milton.

Shooting shines light on deadly force laws (The Tennessean)
The fatal shooting of a shoplifter by a Nashville gas station clerk is calling attention to the issue of self-defense and raising questions about the rights of Tennesseans to protect themselves in the face of criminal acts.

Fight ensues over key witness at Harris trial (Evening Times)
OWEGO - The attorneys involved in the murder case against Calvin Harris of Spencer waded into the legal muck Friday as the defense asked for the jury to be informed of alleged criminal actions by one of the prosecution's key witnesses.

Experts say battered woman defense rarely results in acquittals (Boston Herald)
BARNSTABLE, Mass. - When Dr. Ann Gryboski walked into a Cape Cod courtroom to face a murder charge, her defense was as clear as the cuts and bruises on her face. Gryboski shot and killed her husband of...

Abuse defense rarely gets acquittals (AP via Yahoo! News)
When Dr. Ann Gryboski walked into a Cape Cod courtroom to face a murder charge, her defense was as clear as the cuts and bruises on her face.

Abuse Defense Rarely Gets Acquittals (The Daily Comet)
BARNSTABLE, Mass. When Dr. Ann Gryboski walked into a Cape Cod courtroom to face a murder charge, her defense was as clear as the cuts and bruises on her face.

Abuse Defense Rarely Gets Acquittals (The Houma Courier)
When Dr. Ann Gryboski walked into a Cape Cod courtroom to face a murder charge, her defense was as clear as the cuts and bruises on her face. Gryboski shot and killed her husband of nearly three decades in April - finally snapping, her lawyer says, after years of physical and mental abuse.

Employee transferred after allegations against boss (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — Defense lawyers for McLean County Clerk Peggy Ann Milton want to know the details of a new job assignment for a county employee who may be the state’s primary witness in a criminal case against Milton.

Knoxville defense attorney appeals criminal contempt of court charge (WATE 6 Knoxville)
A well-known Knoxville defense attorney is fighting back after being found guilty of criminal contempt of court.

'Child soldier' case raises questions on age, defense team (Miami Herald)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- In July 2002, Omar Khadr, who had been groomed much of his young life in radical Islam, was sent at age 15 by his now deceased father to a compound in Afghanistan.

Former Liberian Leader Boycotts Trial (CBS News)
The trial at the International Criminal Court of Former Liberian President Charles Taylor for his alleged role in atrocities committed during the civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone has begun, but Taylor is boycotting the proceedings.

No evidence Iran moving weapons to Taliban: Gates (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday the United States has no evidence Iran's government is behind a flow of weapons from Iran to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

'Child soldier' case raises questions on age, defense team (Miami Herald)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- In July 2002, Omar Khadr, who had been groomed much of his young life in radical Islam, was sent at age 15 by his now deceased father to a compound in Afghanistan.

U.S. says can't link Tehran to Afghan arms flow (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates voiced concern on Monday about a flow of Iranian arms to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan but said he had no information linking Tehran to the supply of weapons.

Gates Says Iranian Weapons Flowing Into Afghanistan (New York Times)
The defense secretary said that he and the president of Afghanistan agreed that there was no direct evidence that the Iranian government was behind the arms shipments.

U.S. defense secretary says arms flow into Afghanistan from Iran (International Herald Tribune)
Robert Gates said that he and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan had agreed that there was no direct evidence that the Iranian government was behind the arms shipments.

Officials exploring options for handling criminal defense work (The Bay City Times)
Bay County officials are having second thoughts about privatizing some of the county's public defender duties - after finding out the costs.

Gibbons Selects Inference Data for Electronic Discovery Analytics & Review (SYS-CON Media)
Inference Data today announced that Gibbons P.C., a leading law firm in the New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia metropolitan regions, has selected Inference as its electronic discovery analytics and review provider. The firm, which has extensive litigation, corporate, product, employment, and criminal defense practices, will look to Inference's web-based platform to analyze electronic ...

Arms flow from Iran into Afghanistan, U.S. defense secretary says (International Herald Tribune)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that he and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan had agreed that there was no direct evidence that the Iranian government was behind arms shipments.

No Donald Trump at Conrad Black's trial: lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Conrad Black's chief defense lawyer said on Monday he does not plan to call Donald Trump to the stand in the former media mogul's criminal fraud trial.

'Criminal Minds' actor Shemar Moore arrested on suspicion of DUI (The San Francisco Examiner)
LOS ANGELES ( Map , News ) - "Criminal Minds" actor Shemar Moore is due in court later this month after being booked for investigation of driving under the influence, authorities say.

No Trump at ex-media mogul's fraud trial (Stuff)
Conrad Black's chief defense lawyer said he does not plan to call Donald Trump to the stand in the former media mogul's criminal fraud trial.

Trump won't be called to testify in Black trial (Crain's Chicago Business)
(Reuters) -- Conrad Black 's chief defense lawyer said on Monday he does not plan to call Donald Trump to the stand in the former media mogul's criminal fraud trial. The celebrity real estate magnate's name had surfaced earlier in the trial in testimony indicating that Black gave him a proxy so ...

Conrad Black Defense Balks on Trump (New York Times)
A decision not to call as a witness Donald J. Trump underscored that the trial of Conrad M. Black has been mostly a muted affair.

Longest-running criminal case in city finally ends (Baltimore Examiner)
The trial was postponed for snow, heat, illness - and even a hurricane. Simmeon Anderson's case was delayed so many times - 27 in all - that it's almost become Baltimore City criminal justice folklore.

Fatal Purse Snatching Trial Continues For Woman (WFTV 9 Orlando)
Prosecutors are trying to show a pattern of criminal activity in the case of a Brevard County woman accused of running over and killing a Wal-Mart shopper as defense attorney's ask for a mistrial and make accusations against the judge.

Notes and quotes from the Legislature (KATC 3 Lafayette)
A Senate committee Tuesday approved a plan to overhaul Louisiana's system of providing legal defense to destitute criminal suspects, a plan aimed at reducing the number of appeals and allaying concerns that such defendants get subpar representation.

Conrad Black's 'trial of the century' turns into muted affair (International Herald Tribune)
The defense in the criminal fraud case against Conrad Black is due to wrap up this week, with little drama.

Notes from the Louisiana Legislature (The Town Talk)
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A Senate committee today approved a plan to overhaul Louisiana’s system of providing legal defense to destitute criminal suspects, a plan aimed at reducing the number of appeals and allaying concerns that such defendants get subpar representation.

Letters to Judge Defend and Denounce Libby (New York Times)
WASHINGTON, June 5 Scooter Libby is a patriot and a wonderful family man. He is a criminal who should go to prison. He is a man who may have done something wrong, but he is a good man at heart.

Girls Gone Wild creator to remain in jail despite bail (Toronto Star)
"We had hoped he'd be out today," defense lawyer David Houston said. But when the judge in the criminal case in Florida refused to set bail there, his attorneys decided he should stay behind bars in Nevada.

Senate panel OKs bill overhauling indigent defense system (KATC 3 Lafayette)
Associated Press - June 5, 2007 9:54 PM ET BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Senate committee today approved a plan to overhaul Louisiana's system of providing legal defense to destitute criminal...

Defense Rests: Harris Case Headed to Jury (FOX 40 Binghamton)
Tuesday was the defense's turn to make its case against a murder conviction for area businessman Cal Harris. Harris is accused of murdering his wife Michelle, who disappeared on September 11, 2001. And since a body has never been found, prosecutors have been pushing hard to present convincing, circumstantial evidence. But by Wednesday afternoon, it will be in the jury's hands to decide if Calvin ...

Judge to consider lawyers’ withdrawal (The Kansas City Star)
TOPEKA | A federal judge is expected to decide in a few days whether to allow defense lawyers for former Westar Energy executive Douglas Lake to withdraw from his criminal case.

State files new criminal charge against McGee (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a new criminal charge against Milwaukee Ald. Michael McGee, but kept it secret pending a...

City typically pays employees' defense (The Clarion-Ledger)
Jackson taxpayers should reimburse Mayor Frank Melton for legal fees he spent successfully defending himself and his two police bodyguards on criminal charges in April, according to the city attorney's office.

Eskew defense says killer not known (Post-Tribune)
While the Gary Wirt class of 2006 was embarking on a new chapter, Isaiah Eskew wrote the final chapter for Tywon Newsome, Deputy Prosecutor Armando Salinas Jr. told criminal court jurors Tuesday in his opening statement at Eskew's murder trial.

Harris defense presents case in single day (The Ithaca Journal)
OWEGO — Today, it will all come down to the closing arguments by Calvin Harris' defense attorneys and his prosecutors.

Judge to Consider Lawyers' Withdrawal: Attorneys Want Out of the Case of Former Westar Executive Because of Lack of ... (RedNova)
By Dan Margolies, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jun. 6--TOPEKA -- A federal judge is expected to decide in a few days whether to allow defense lawyers for former Westar Energy executive Douglas Lake to withdraw from his criminal case. U.S.

Total presents defense in criminal trial resulting from Erika oil spil (International Herald Tribune)
Defense arguments began Wednesday in France's first criminal trial against a company for an oil spill at sea with lawyers for Total arguing that the public was looking for a "devil" to blame.

Fifth Family Member Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Export U.S. Defense Articles to China (U.S. Newswire via Yahoo! News)
The fifth member of a Southern California family who conspired to export United States defense articles to the People's Republic of China (PRC) has pleaded guilty to acting as an agent of the PRC. Rebecca Laiwah Chiu, 63, of Downey, pleaded guilty late Tuesday night to failing to register as a foreign agent. On the first day of a trial in U.S. District Court, Chiu admitted that she operated ...




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