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Criminal Defense News 08/2007



Falcons star relies on legal eagles for defense (The Virginian-Pilot)
His five attorneys have experience with high-profile clients. They've represented Allen Iverson, Wesley Snipes and Jayson Williams, among others.

Delayed justice? Some defense lawyers not interested in working for flat fee (WTSP - Tampa Bay's 10 News)
A new law meant to save taxpayers millions in legal fees may come at a high price

Judas as criminal defendant (Los Angeles Times)
The traitor of Jesus gets a feisty defense attorney in 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,' which combines TV drama with theology.

Sundsmo claims judge blocked defense (Portage Daily Register)
Lester Sundsmo claims in a letter sent to the Daily Register that the judge in the trial of he and his wife "threatened, coerced and intimidated" them in the courtroom and in his chambers and negated their constitutional right to defend themselves.The letter, sent two days after a jury convicted him and his wife Lilac on nine total counts of criminal slander of title, is addressed to "All ...

Judas as criminal defendant (Calendarlive.com)
The traitor of Jesus gets a feisty defense attorney in 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,' which combines TV drama with theology. Legal battles are all too common these days for the Roman Catholic Church, but Stephen Adly Guirgis' courtroom drama confronts religion in an unexpected way.

Prosecutor: Attorney is a slanderer (Los Angeles Daily News)
LANCASTER - The verbal sparring between a Lancaster prosecutor and a Valencia defense attorney is moving from the criminal court to a civil one.

Palos Park lawyer dies (Daily Southtown)
Veteran defense attorney Richard Harty practiced the lawyer's credo that "everyone deserves their day in court," even if the client was broke or facing serious criminal charges.

Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld takes no responsibility for misinformation in Tillman case (Deseret Morning News)
Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended himself and took no personal responsibility Wednesday for the military's bungled response to Army Ranger Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death in Afghanistan.

Sundsmo claim judge blocked defense (Daily Citizen)
PORTAGE — Lester Sundsmo claims in a letter sent to the Daily Register that the judge in the trial of he and his wife "threatened, coerced and intimidated" them in the courtroom and in his chambers and negated their constitutional right to defend themselves.The letter, sent two days after a jury convicted him and his wife Lilac on nine total counts of criminal slander of title, is addressed to ...

Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld takes no responsibility for misinformation in Tillman case (WMCTV Memphis)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended himself and took no personal responsibility Wednesday for the military's bungled response to Army Ranger Pat Tillman's friendly-fire

Judas as criminal defendant (Calendarlive.com)
The traitor of Jesus gets a feisty defense attorney in "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," which combines TV drama with theology. Legal battles are all too common these days for the Roman Catholic Church, but Stephen Adly Guirgis' courtroom drama confronts religion in an unexpected way.

Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, other ex-Pentagon brass deny cover-up in Tillman case (The Daily Record)
WASHINGTON - Ex-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other former Pentagon brass denied a cover-up and rejected personal blame Wednesday in the public deceptions that followed Army Ranger Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death in Afghanistan in 2004.

Bates blames lawyer for failed defense, seeks new trial (Detroit News)
Former Detroit city councilman Alonzo (Lonnie) Bates made a second bid for a new trial on theft and fraud charges today, this time alleging ineffective representation by prominent Detroit criminal attorney Steve Fishman.

Gibbs to argue self-defense (The Citizen of Laconia)
ASHLAND - A former Ashland man who is charged with fleeing from police and assaulting an officer while attempting to rush his pregnant girlfriend to the hospital has filed notice he plans to argue that he fought the officer in self-defense at his trial.

Contractor Calls Shooting of Two Men Self-Defense (New York Times)
One man was killed and another wounded after being shot in Queens late Tuesday by a contractor who told investigators that the men had demanded $20,000 from him and threatened to harm his wife, law enforcement officials said.

Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, other ex-Pentagon brass deny cover-up in Tillman case (The Standard-Times)
WASHINGTON — They didn't take the blame themselves. They didn't point fingers at one another. Instead, former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the Pentagon brass said "the system" failed after the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat...

Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld takes no responsibility for misinformation in Tillman case (Southwest Daily News)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ex-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other top former Pentagon brass denied any cover-up and rejected personal responsibility Wednesday for the military's bungled response to Army Ranger Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death in Afghanistan.

Conflicting accounts open murder trial (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Jury must decide if shooting of boy, 15, is killing or self-defense. LONG BEACH - Attorneys presented jurors with two competing versions of a 10-second incident Wednesday at the start of a criminal trial involving the death of a teenage boy in downtown Long Beach last summer.

Longtime Aurora defense lawyer plans judicial run (The Beacon News)
AURORA -- After almost 40 years as a criminal defense lawyer, Aurora attorney Herbert Hill on Wednesday said he's joining the ever-growing ranks of candidates seeking a Kane County judgeship. Hill, 66, of Aurora, said he plans to run for the 16th Judicial Circuit judgeship in the Aurora sub-circuit, a new position that took effect with Kane County Judge James Doyle's retirement last year.

Brocade trial seen as test for backdating cases (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Prospects for criminal prosecutions of scores of options-backdating cases rest heavily on the outcome of a jury trial in which the judge has already questioned the strength of the government's evidence.

Elsewhere: Spitzer, Koch, Capeci (The New York Observer)
Ed Koch responds to a question about his sexuality by asking his interviewer about oral sex. A major Martin Luther King birthday celebration may be moving from Albany to New York City. Darren Dopp hired a criminal defense attorney. Eliot Spitzer vetoed a bill that would have allowed state troopers to negotiate tickets because they “are also the accuser and a potential witness ...

New DNA Report Another Blow to Defense in Atlanta Child Murder Case (Law.com)
A national forensic expert calls the newest round of DNA testing in the murder conviction of Wayne Williams "another nail in his coffin" that reinforces the credibility of a Georgia jury's 1982 guilty verdict. Recently completed tests of human hairs recovered in 1981 from the body of one of the slaying victims represented Williams' last chance to secure new evidence that might have discredited ...

Legendary defense attorney in Williamson County for trial (Austin American-Statesman)
Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes defending 41-year-old Round Rock woman. GEORGETOWN — Under normal circumstances, the sex assault trial of Phill Rian would play out in front of a mostly empty courtroom in Williamson County.

New DNA Report Another Blow to Defense in Atlanta Child Murder Case (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A national forensic expert calls the newest round of DNA testing in the murder conviction of Wayne Williams "another nail in his coffin" that reinforces the credibility of a Georgia jury's 1982 guilty verdict.

Public to DA: Drop boys' case (The Oregonian)
McMINNVILLE -- Two seventh-grade boys facing criminal charges for swatting girls' bottoms have received at least 250 letters and more than $15,000 in donations to a legal defense fund, part of a national outpouring of support over the past two weeks.

Ex-Spitzer aide cries 'unfair' (New York Daily News)
A criminal defense lawyer for Darren Dopp, Gov. Spitzer's suspended communications chief, said his client is being punished for the scandal and is willing to testify.

Trucker acquitted in diplomat's death (AP via Yahoo! News)
An illegal immigrant was acquitted of criminal wrongdoing in the death of a Honduran diplomat who was killed when his tractor-trailer slammed into her car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Judge: R.I. governor must testify at smoke shop trial (Boston Globe)
Gov. Don Carcieri must testify at the criminal trial of seven Narragansett Indians accused of obstructing or assaulting State Police who raided an illegal tribal smoke shop four years ago, a judge ruled Friday.

Judge denies defense motions in teen sex case (Wellington Daily News)
A Wellington teen girl is expected back in court today to continue to fight charges stemming from an alleged date rape in early February, although prosecutors say the case will likely be continued.

Jury recesses in stock options back dating trial (San Jose Mercury News)
The jury in the first criminal trial associated with stock options back dating adjourned early this afternoon without returning a verdict.

Supreme Court sends death penalty case to appeals court (The Daily Comet)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday returned the appeal of an Alabama death row inmate to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and ordered that court to consider Jimmy Davis' claims that he did not have adequate representation from defense attorneys during his trial.

Judge: Carcieri must testify (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE — Governor Carcieri must testify in the criminal trial of seven Narragansett Indians arrested in the July 2003 smoke-shop raid, a Providence County Superior Court judge ruled yesterday.

Firm includes former 9/11 Commission counsel. (Bridgewater Courier News)
BRIDGEWATER -- The Somerset County Park Commission hired additional law firms Friday -- including one of the top criminal defense firms in the state -- to help the agency as it deals with a state law enforcement investigation and impending reforms in its policies and operations.

Panel to evaluate DNA proposals (Rocky Mountain News)
A team of Colorado's top prosecutors, law enforcement officers, defense lawyers and the governor will examine how DNA is being collected and preserved in the state.

Collin cuts indigent-defense costs, raises legal concern (Dallas Morning News)
Collin County, fed up with soaring court costs, has become the toughest county in Texas for criminal defendants seeking court-appointed lawyers to defend them.

Park officials in jeopardy? (Home News Tribune)
BRIDGEWATER — The Somerset County Park Commission hired additional law firms Friday — including one of the top criminal-defense firms in the state — to help the agency as it deals with a state law-enforcement investigation and impending reforms of its policies and operations.

R.I. judge orders governor to testify (Boston Globe)
PROVIDENCE -- Governor Don Carcieri must testify at the criminal trial of seven Narragansett Indians accused of obstructing or assaulting State Police who raided an illegal tribal smoke shop four years ago, a judge ruled yesterday.

Cantrell picks chief to defend (Post-Tribune)
A prominent defense lawyer was forced to choose between representing East Chicago Deputy Police Chief Ricardo Chavarria in his criminal confinement trial set to begin Monday or another of his clients, who is expected to testify for the prosecution.

Jury breaks for weekend in options backdating case (San Jose Mercury News)
The jury in the first criminal trial associated with stock-option backdating adjourned early Friday afternoon without returning a verdict.

Settlement proposed in McMinneville school boys' spanking case (KGW Portland)
McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Two boys facing criminal charges after they were accused of swatting girls on their bottoms and poking their breasts at their middle school could avoid a trial and a criminal record if everybody involved can reach a legal agreement called a "civil compromise," attorneys said Friday.

Shooting of sheriff's son likely in self-defense (The Evening Sun)
TITUSVILLE, Fla. - A Titusville man who told police he fatally shot one intruder and wounded another in an act of self-defense grew up with one of the men in Long Island, N.Y., the man's sister said Friday.

Sudderth attorney: Trial may be postponed (The Ironton Tribune)
A trial date has been set in an Ironton shooting death case, but the defense attorney said Wednesday it is likely the trial will have to be postponed.

Shooting of sheriff's son likely in self-defense (The Evening Sun)
TITUSVILLE, Fla. - A Titusville man who told police he fatally shot one intruder and wounded another in an act of self-defense grew up with one of the men in Long Island, N.Y., the man's sister said Friday.

U.K. may seek extradition over cameraman's death (Haaretz Daily)
Britain may seek the extradition of Israeli troops in the shooting death of a British television cameraman in May 2003 in Rafah unless Attorney General Menachem Mazuz reverses his position and carries out a criminal investigation against those suspected of involvement.

Task force to study evidence preservation (Denver Post)
Gov. Bill Ritter has launched a task force to explore how criminal evidence is collected and preserved in Colorado and whether practices used elsewhere in the country should be embraced here.

Sudderth attorney: Trial may be postponed (The Ironton Tribune)
A trial date has been set in an Ironton shooting death case, but the defense attorney said Wednesday it is likely the trial will have to be postponed.

DOJ likely to pursue raps vs MILF over Basilan clash (ABS-CBNNEWS.com)
ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Department of Justice will evaluate the findings the of joint GRP-MILF probe on the July 10 clash in Al-Barka, Basilan before deciding whether to amend the criminal information filed against more than 100 rebels believed to be behind the ambush.

Sexual Predator Law Faces Challenge (WCVB Boston)
Defense lawyers fear New Hampshire's Sexual Predator Act will keep offenders locked up.

John Rigas tells his side of the Adelphia Story (USA Today)
Former Adelphia chairman John Rigas, accused of bilking investors of billions, never took the stand in his own defense when he was tried and convicted of securities fraud in 2004. But now he has plenty to say. Rigas, 82, recently agreed to tell his side of the story about the sequence of events that led to the collapse of the business he and his family built.

Lawmaker in Rape Case Under Pressure To Resign (The New York Sun)
Pressure is mounting on a City Council member of Queens charged with raping a woman in his campaign office to resign from the council. At least one council member and the president of a Queens civic association are calling on the embattled Republican lawmaker, Dennis Gallagher, to step down, saying he cannot be an effective representative while mounting a defense against a 10-count indictment ...




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