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Defense attorneys say they don't feel sorry for Nifong (WAVY 10)
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Defense attorneys for three Duke University lacrosse players who were falsely accused of rape say they don't feel sorry for former Durham DA Mike Nifong.

Nifong guilty of criminal contempt (UPI)
Former Durham County, N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong was convicted Friday of criminal contempt and sentenced to spend one day in jail.

Nifong guilty of criminal contempt (EARTHtimes.org)
Former Durham County, N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong was convicted Friday of criminal contempt and sentenced to spend one day in jail. Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III ordered Nifong to report to the Durham County jail at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 and s...

Nifong guilty of criminal contempt (Moldova.org)
Former Durham County, N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong was convicted Friday of criminal contempt and sentenced to spend one day in jail.Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III ordered Nifong to report to the Durham County jail at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 and stay there until 9 a.m. the following day, The Charlotte Observer reported.Smith could have sentenced Nifong to up to 30 days in jail or a $500 ...

Alaniz announces his intent to become next DA (Laredo Morning Times)
Less than 24 hours after District Attorney Joe Rubio announced he would not seek re-election after a five-term tenure, a Laredo criminal defense lawyer and former assistant DA announced his candidacy for the coveted position.Flanked by his family and surrounded by several members of the Laredo law community, Isidro R. Alaniz, a Nixon High and Thurgood Marshall School of Law graduate, announced he ...

Britain's Ministry Of Defense Denies Prisoner-Release Deal Over Withdrawal From Basra, Iraq (Free Internet Press)
British forces have released more than two dozen Iraqi prisoners over the last three months in the run-up to their now imminent withdrawal from the U.K. base at Saddam's Hussein's former palace compound in Basra, though the government denies doing a deal with Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi army to stave off last-minute attacks. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) Thursday would say only that 26 unnamed men ...

LawInfo Launches Free National Directory to Locate Qualified Criminal Attorneys (PRWeb)
LawInfo.com has now generated a way in which the public and professionals alike can locate a pre-screened, pre-qualified criminal attorney in their area. Lawinfo administers a rigorous screening process for criminal attorneys that includes bar checks, disciplinary investigation, peer recommendations and mandatory minimum practice area experience in an effort to provide professional, unparalleled ...

Cougs' defense does a barrel roll (Seattle Times)
Wisconsin's alumni band joined its young counterparts here Saturday in one of the school's ritual tunes, "Roll Out the Barrel. " The place has...

Day in jail is sentence for Nifong (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Mike Nifong, the disgraced former Durham County (N.C.) district attorney, was held in criminal contempt of court Friday for lying to a judge when pursuing rape charges against three falsely accused Duke University lacrosse players.

Iraq convoy was sent out despite threat (Los Angeles Times)
Unarmored trucks carrying needed supplies were ambushed, leaving six drivers dead. Records illuminate the fateful decision. Senior managers for defense contractor KBR overruled calls to halt supply operations in Iraq in the spring of 2004, ordering unarmored trucks into an active combat zone where six civilian drivers died in an ambush, according to newly available documents.

Criminal defense lawyer works to help officers roll (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Jimmy Binns wants to set the record straight: He makes his living as a big-time criminal defense lawyer - but he would take a bullet for a cop.

Bronx slay suspect Paulino Valenzuela claiming self-defense (New York Daily News)
Exclusive: A disgruntled Bronx janitor charged with killing his ex-boss in a cold-blooded rampage claimed yesterday he was acting in self-defense.

Iraq convoy was sent out despite threat (Sun-Sentinel)
Unarmored trucks carrying needed supplies were ambushed, leaving six drivers dead. Records illuminate the fateful decision. Senior managers for defense contractor KBR overruled calls to halt supply operations in Iraq in the spring of 2004, ordering unarmored trucks into an active combat zone where six civilian drivers died in an ambush, according to newly available documents.

Cocaine trafficker killed in Colombia (Pravda Ru)
Cocaine trafficker wanted by the U.S. has been killed in combat. Intercepted rebel communications and other intelligence indicated that Tomas Medina Caracas was killed during a raid on his jungle camp Saturday along the Guaviare River near the border with Venezuela, Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos told a news conference.

‘Commission Will Not Assign Defense Lawyer’ (Arab News)
RIYADH, 4 September 2007 — According to a senior official in the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, no attorney will be assigned to defend the two imprisoned commission members allegedly responsible for the death of a young Saudi man, Salman Al-Huraisi, in late May.

Criminal defense lawyer works to help officers roll (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Jimmy Binns wants to set the record straight: He makes his living as a big-time criminal defense lawyer - but he would take a bullet for a cop.

Arguing lawyers prolong Slade's trial (Houston Chronicle)
The first week of testimony in Priscilla Slade's trial was constantly interrupted by fights between prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Files show KBR ignored Iraq caravan warnings (Houston Chronicle)
Senior managers for the Houston-based defense contractor ordered unarmored trucks into an active combat zone, according to newly available documents.

Wiretaps on the rise nationally since 9/11 (The Arizona Republic)
Led by state and local investigators, the nation saw a sharp increase of criminal wiretaps after 9/11. Arrests and convictions are down, throwing doubts about the effectiveness of widened wiretap powers.

[Campus] Jones' defense granted access to cell phone video (The Minnesota Daily)
Hennepin County Judge Marilyn Rosenbaum granted the defense in the Dominic Jones case access to a cell phone video that led to the former Gopher football player's arrest, despite a sworn statement from a sexual assault advocate...

Two years post-Katrina: Racism and criminal justice in New Orleans (San Francisco Bay View)
Two years after the devastation of New Orleans highlighted racism and inequality in the U.S., the disaster continues. New Orleans' health care and education systems are still in crisis. Thousands of units of public housing sit empty. Nearly half the city's population remains displaced.

Tyson Foods' Spring-loading Defense Struck Down (The Morning News)
A Delaware Chancery Court last week ruled against Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc., allowing the company's shareholders to proceed forward with Count 3 -- claims of spring-loading stock options -- as part of a larger civil suit filed by the meat giant's shareholders in 2005.

International Criminal Court Considers Holding Trial Hearings In Congo (Nasdaq)
THE HAGUE (AP)--The International Criminal Court is investigating whether hearings for its first trial of a former Congolese warlord charged with conscripting child soldiers can be heard in Congo, rather than The Hague, a judge said Tuesday.

'Chemical Ali' death sentence upheld (UPI)
Iraq's Supreme Criminal Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentences against Saddam Hussein's cousin and two other men in Baghdad.

'Chemical Ali' death sentence upheld (Moldova.org)
Iraq's Supreme Criminal Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentences against Saddam Hussein's cousin and two other men in Baghdad.Saddam's cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majeed also known as Chemical Ali; Sultan Hashim, Saddam's former defense minister; and Hussein Rashid, the former deputy commander of operations for the Iraqi military, were sentenced in June for their roles in the ethnic cleansing of ...

'Chemical Ali' death sentence upheld (EARTHtimes.org)
Iraq's Supreme Criminal Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentences against Saddam Hussein's cousin and two other men in Baghdad. Saddam's cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majeed also known as Chemical Ali ; Sultan Hashim, Saddam's former defense minister; and Huss...

FOREIGN MINISTER AFFIRMS 'RED LINES' ON MISSILE DEFENSE, KOSOVA (Radio Free Europe: Radio Library)
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told students and faculty of the elite Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) on September 3 that Russia is firmly opposed to the planned U.S.

China Denies Alleged Pentagon Hack (Wired News)
China says a Financial Times report Monday blaming the People's Liberation Army for a hack into Pentagon computers through a computer system in Defense Secretary Robert Gates' office is false. Chinese officials say they are opposed to cybercrime.

Morning Buzz: Sept. 4, 2007 (US News & World Report)
The Chinese government today denied that it hacked into the Pentagon's computers in June, responding to an article in the Financial Times yesterday. The newspaper reported that the People's Liberation Army hacked into a computer system in the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and that Americans had to take down the network for more than a week. Chinese officials said they were opposed to ...

R. Kelly trial delayed again (Chicago Tribune)
No new date set for child pornography trial The R. Kelly child pornography trial, set to begin this month, has been delayed again, a spokesman for Cook County Criminal Court Judge Vincent Gaughan said today.

Man who shot musician may not be charged (AP via Yahoo! News)
The shooting death of a member of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians appears to fall under state law permitting deadly force in self-defense, police said Tuesday.

Dallas police believe shooting of keyboardist was self-defense (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
DALLAS -- The shooting death of a member of Edie Brickell and New Bohemians appears to fall under state law permitting deadly force in self-defense, police and prosecutors said...

Jury deliberates Chicago mob case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Jurors in Chicago's biggest mob trial in years began deliberating the fate of five defendants Tuesday in a case described by defense attorneys as built on the testimony of "a walking piece of deception."

Man who shot musician may not be charged (USA Today)
The shooting death of a member of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians appears to fall under state law permitting deadly force in self-defense, police said Tuesday.

DPD: Defense Attorney Went on Shooting Spree (CBS 11 Dallas/Fort Worth)
A prominent Dallas defense attorney will be looking for his own legal help after a bizarre shooting spree in his White Rock Lake neighborhood. More Local News

Man charged in stabbing at fair (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
After turning himself in, the suspect in an Aug. 26 stabbing at the State Fair told police, "I'm probably going to want an attorney ... but if you guys do your job, you are going to find out that I only stabbed him in self-defense," according to court documents. Andrew G. Robinette, 25, of St. Paul, has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. According to the criminal ...

Atlanta Falcons Trying to Recover Millions in Bonuses Paid to Vick (Law.com)
How long Michael Vick spends in prison will be determined by federal prosecutors, his criminal defense team and a U.S. District Court judge, but what happens to millions of Vick's bonuses likely will be determined by lawyers for the Atlanta Falcons, the NFL Players Association, the NFL Management Council and possibly both an arbitrator and special master. They will wrestle with the esoteric law ...

Defense in Love case given DVD (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — A defense attorney for a man accused of sexually abusing four teenagers has the right to a copy of materials prosecutors described as child pornography taken from his client, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Self-defense is plea (The Sun Chronicle)
ATTLEBORO - The 17-year-old youth accused of fatally stabbing another teenager outside his East Side apartment over the Labor Day holiday acted in self-defense, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Dallas police believed musician's shooting was self-defense (The Victoria Advocate)
DALLAS - The shooting death of a member of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians appears to fall under state law permitting deadly force in self-defense, police and prosecutors said Tuesday.

Defense in Love case given DVD (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — A defense attorney for a man accused of sexually abusing four teenagers has the right to a copy of materials prosecutors described as child pornography taken from his client, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Dallas police believe shooting of New Bohemians keyboardist was self-defense (ABC 7 Chicago)
The shooting death of a member of Edie Brickell and New Bohemians appears to fall under state law permitting deadly force in self-defense, police said Tuesday.

Police believe shooting of keyboardist self-defense (CNN.com)
DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- The shooting death of a member of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians appears to fall under state law permitting deadly force in self-defense, police said Tuesday.

Dem donor Hsu misses bail hearing (USA Today)
A top Democratic fundraiser whose criminal past has roiled the campaigns of top presidential candidates failed to appear Wednesday for a bail hearing and a judge issued a new warrant for his arrest.

2nd Circuit Upsets Conviction Over Defense Failure to Test Victim's Memory (Law.com)
A defense lawyer was found ineffective because he failed to inquire into the effects of blood loss and heavy sedation on the memory of a robbery victim who identified a defendant 11 days after the crime, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the conviction of Derrick Bell, who is serving 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison for the robbery and shooting of ...

PG South: McKeesport grad plays big role in California defense (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
California University of Pennsylvania football coach John Luckhardt added a dime package to his defensive scheme for the Vulcans' opener against East Stroudsburg and it paid huge dividends. ...

Minneapolis lawyer faces uphill fight to undo Craig's guilty plea (Pioneer Press)
Tom Kelly, the Minneapolis criminal defense attorney hired as local counsel on the case of Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, may have his work cut out for him.

Lawyer, accused of violating protection order, arrested (The Olympian)
Sheriff's deputies placed an Olympia defense attorney under arrest Wednesday on suspicion of violating a protection order, second-degree identity theft and witness tampering, Thurston County's chief criminal deputy said.

Defense seeks rule changes in case of Suffern Army captain's death (The Journal News)
A military judge heard three new defense motions yesterday in the capital case against a soldier accused of killing Army Capt. Phillip Esposito of Suffern and another officer in Iraq.

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