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Stabbing defendant claims self-defense (Press & Sun-Bulletin)
BINGHAMTON -- A man charged with stabbing an Endicott man "at least six times" claims to have acted in self-defense, according to Binghamton Police.

Defense contractor's trial set to begin (AP via Yahoo! News)
Defense contractor Brent Wilkes hosted fancy dinner parties and chartered jets for powerful members of Congress while his company was racking up more than $100 million in government contracts.

Some Officers in Double-Dipping Case to Resign (Washington Post)
Half of the 14 Montgomery County police officers who were suspended for allegedly working off-duty security jobs that overlapped with their county shifts have agreed to resign and pay restitution to the county, defense attorneys said.

Man claims self-defense in stabbing (Press & Sun-Bulletin)
BINGHAMTON -- A man charged with stabbing an Endicott teenager "at least six times" claims to have acted in self-defense, according to Binghamton Police.

States adjusting laws to use DNA (Boston Globe)
NEW YORK - State lawmakers across the country are adopting broad changes to criminal justice procedures as a response to the exoneration of more than 200 convicts through the use of DNA evidence.

Insanity defense planned at Salem bomb trial (KGW Portland)
SALEM, Ore. -- The man accused of planting pipe bombs under four cars one day in August 2006 plans to use an insanity defense when his trial starts this week, his lawyers said.

Congo Militia Leader Holds Firm (CBS News)
Called a war criminal and terrorist by his opponents in the Congolese Army, General Nkunda maintains a well-armed militia of 8,000 in the mountains of Congo, carrying out a guerrilla war against the government and other ethnic militias.

Insanity defense planned at Salem bomb trial (Ashland Daily Tidings)
SALEM — The man accused of planting pipe bombs under four cars one day in August 2006 plans to use an insanity defense when his trial starts this week, his lawyers said.

Canadian court acquits in AIDS scandal (AP via Yahoo! News)
A judge acquitted three doctors, a New Jersey company and a former Red Cross official of criminal charges Monday in a tainted-blood scandal that infected thousands of Canadians with HIV or hepatitis and resulted in more than 3,000 deaths.

DUI conviction nets career criminal maximum sentence (Naples Daily News)
In a sentence aimed at sending a message, a Collier County judge on Monday imposed the maximum term on a career criminal convicted of drunken driving and driving on a suspended license.

Attorney hopes to secure plea (Penn State Collegian)
The defense attorney for a State College woman accused of critically injuring a Penn State freshman while driving intoxicated last fall said he hopes to secure a plea agreement for his client, thus allowing her to avoid criminal trial.

Petraeus, Defense Analysts Differ on Southern Iraq (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Oil-rich southern Iraq is increasingly plagued by violence and lawlessness, say U.S. Defense Department officials and independent analysts, painting a gloomier picture than General David Petraeus provided Congress last month.

Attorneys argue about self-defense in hunter murder trial (Pioneer Press)
MARINETTE, Wis. - The trial of a sawmill worker accused of killing a fellow squirrel hunter began with attorneys debating whether he reasonably acted in self-defense.

Insanity defense planned in Salem pipe bomb case (The World)
SALEM (AP) - The man accused of planting pipe bombs under four cars one day in August 2006 plans to use an insanity defense when his trial starts this week, his lawyers said.

Pitt's Fields gets probation from scuffle with police (USA Today)
Pitt basketball player Levance Fields will spend nine months on probation in a special program for first-time offenders to settle criminal charges stemming from a scuffle with police, his attorney said Tuesday. Fields, a junior point guard, was charged with aggravated assault, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and other counts after the Sept. 16 altercation outside a nightclub.

Snipes Names Legal Team for Tax Trial Defense (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Announced today in federal court in Ocala, Florida, Wesley Snipes retained new legal counsel, the Bernhoft Law Firm , as his lead trial attorneys to defend him against pending criminal tax charges.

Slade witnesses say TSU always underfunded (Houston Chronicle)
Former Gov. Mark White testified about funding sources for Texas Southern University on Tuesday, the third day of defense testimony in the criminal financial mismanagement trial of ousted TSU President Priscilla Slade. "Texas Southern University has always been underfunded," said White, who was governor from 1983 to 1987. "That hasn't changed since my day."

Pitt guard gets nine months of probation (CBS Sportsline)
Pitt basketball player Levance Fields will spend nine months on probation in a special program for first-time offenders to settle criminal charges stemming from a scuffle with police, his attorney said Tuesday.

Self Defense Debated In Wis. Hunting Murder Trial (WCCO Minneapolis/St. Paul)
The trial of a sawmill worker accused of killing a fellow squirrel hunter began with attorneys debating whether he reasonably acted in self-defense. More Crime News

High-Profile Crime Defense Lawyer Laid Off (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Vermont's Defender General says budget shortfalls have forced dismissal of a lawyer who was assigned to some of the state's most serious criminal cases.

Attorney in bribery case withdraws subpoenas of 12 congressmen (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO -- The lawyer for a Poway defense contractor accused of bribing former federal lawmaker Randy "Duke" Cunningham agreed Tuesday to withdraw his request to force a dozen sitting congressmen to testify in his client's criminal trial next week.

Texas Ruling Signals Halt to Executions Indefinitely (New York Times)
The state?s highest criminal appeals court late Tuesday stayed the lethal injection of a 28-year-old Honduran man who was scheduled to be put to death Wednesday.

Lecture series to focus on criminal justice (The Shorthorn)
Innocent people spend five, 10 or even 20 years in a prison cell, trapped by the powerful grip of the very system meant to save them. Victims who suffer at the hands of criminals become lost in the array of prosecutors and defense attorneys.

French watchdog points to insider trading at EADS (International Herald Tribune)
France's stock market regulator sent a report to Paris prosecutors indicating possible criminal activity in trading of shares in Airbus parent EADS.

Attorneys argue about self-defense as trial of Wis. hunter begins (The Daily Iowan)
MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) - A white hunter accused of killing a Hmong immigrant during a dispute in the woods was motivated in part by prejudice and did not act in self-defense as he claimed, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday. In opening statements, the prosecutor said James Nichols initially lied about the killing in January and gave false information to medical workers when he sought treatment ...

Airbus parent accused of  'criminal' activity (MSNBC)
A lengthy probe by French regulators suggests "massive insider trading" took place at Airbus parent EADS, judicial officials said Wednesday.

French market watchdog sends report to prosecutors on likely 'criminal' activity by EADS (The Globe and Mail)
Louis Gallois, current chief executive of Airbus parent company EADS, plays down the findings, calling them preliminary

Milwaukee attorney to represent actor in tax case (Small Business Times)
Milwaukee attorney Robert Bernhoft will be the defense attorney for actor Wesley Snipes in a federal court case involving criminal tax allegations in Ocala, Fla.

Boston lawyer accused of smuggling heroin into prison (Boston Herald)
A Hub criminal defense attorney was intercepted yesterday as he allegedly tried to smuggle bags of heroin into the state's maximum-security prison in Walpole. Bags...

Defense lawyer wants out of Ed Jew case (San Francisco Chronicle)
The attorney defending suspended Supervisor Ed Jew against criminal allegations that he lied about his residency to vote and run for office wants off the case. Bill Fazio, a well-known criminal defense attorney in the city, filed a motion this morning in San...

7th annual Lisa Cherry Criminal Justice Program (KVII 7 Amarillo)
Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2007 at 4:04 p.m. AMARILLO, TEXAS -- The 7th annual Lisa Cherry Criminal Justice Program kicked off Wednesday.

Indicted Supervisor Jew's Attorney Quits (KTVU 2 San Francisco)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Defense attorney Bill Fazio filed a motion Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court asking to withdraw himself as counselor for Supervisor Ed Jew's San Francisco criminal case.

Congress reining in private contractors (AP via Yahoo! News)
Congress is moving to update a law that has kept Blackwater USA and other private security contractors in Iraq immune to criminal prosecution. The White House contends the change could cause new problems.

Attorney in bribery case withdraws subpoenas of 12 congressmen (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO -- The lawyer for a Poway defense contractor accused of bribing former federal lawmaker Randy "Duke" Cunningham agreed Tuesday to withdraw his request to force a dozen sitting congressmen to testify in his client's criminal trial next week.

Prosecutors: Lawyer tried to smuggle heroin into jail (Boston Herald)
A Hub criminal defense attorney was intercepted as he allegedly tried to smuggle bags of heroin into the state's maximum-security prison in Walpole, authorities said...

Supervisor Jew's defense attorney wants to quit case (San Francisco Chronicle)
Suspended San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew's fight against state criminal charges that could end his political career and send him to prison took a new twist Wednesday when his defense attorney said he wants to quit the case. Criminal defense attorney Bill...

Supervisor Jew's defense attorney wants to quit case (San Francisco Chronicle)
Suspended San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew's fight against state criminal charges that could end his political career and send him to prison took a new twist Wednesday when his defense attorney said he wants to quit the case. Criminal defense attorney Bill...

Defense lawyer wants out of Ed Jew case (San Francisco Chronicle)
The attorney defending suspended Supervisor Ed Jew against criminal allegations that he lied about his residency to vote and run for office wants off the case. Bill Fazio, a well-known criminal defense attorney in the city, filed a motion this morning in San...

Revolving Door Keeps Spinning Despite Lobbying Reforms (Washington Post)
Former senator Conrad Burns of Montana is the latest example showing the loophole in the new ethics and lobbying reforms that were enacted last month. Memo to the staff: Beware of the live broadcast interview. You never know what's going to happen. Memo to white-collar-criminal defense...

Attorney for Ed Jew moves to quit defense (The San Francisco Examiner)
SAN FRANCISCO ( Map , News ) - One of suspended Supervisor Ed Jew’s attorneys is quitting the high-profile criminal case that has the rookie politician fighting nine felony counts brought against him by the district attorney for allegedly lying about where he lived in order to run for office.

Congress Analyzes Contractor Law (Time Magazine)
Congress wants to update a law that has protected Blackwater USA and other private security contractors in Iraq from criminal prosecution, but the White House is doubtful

TV on DVD (The Olympian)
n "Shark: Season One" - James Woods stars as a ruthless celebrity defense attorney who switches sides and applies his take-no-prisoners style to pros ecuting criminal cases. The first 22 episodes come in a six-disc set, accompanied by deleted scenes and commentary. (DVD set, $59.98, 20th Century Fox)

Ed Jew's attorney moves to quit defense (The San Francisco Examiner)
One of suspended Supervisor Ed Jew's attorneys is quitting the high-profile criminal case that has the rookie politician fighting nine felony counts brought against him by the district attorney for allegedly lying about where he lived in order to run for office.

Congress likely to give Iraq contractors immunity (USA Today)
Congress wants to update a law that has protected Blackwater USA and other private security contractors in Iraq from criminal prosecution, but the White House has expressed doubts.

Lawmaker supports Blackwater-related bill - AUSA - Army Times/Defense News (Army Times)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The U.S. House was expected Thursday to pass legislation extending the criminal jurisdiction of U.S. courts to any federal contractor working alongside military operations — a measure that arose amid accusations against Blackwater USA private security contractors in Iraq.

Defense attorney charged with drug crimes (Pioneer Press)
A noted defense attorney - once named one of America's top lawyers - was charged with three drug-related crimes this week after Scott County authorities received a tip from his ex-wife that he illegally received prescription narcotics by mail.

California regulators propose controls on legal defense funds (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SACRAMENTO, 4:23 p.m. Oct. 4 (AP): State regulators are trying to strengthen campaign fundraising rules by targeting legal defense funds that can bring in unlimited cash for officeholders and candidates and that have loose restrictions on how the money can be spent.

House?s Iraq Bill Applies U.S. Laws to Contractors (New York Times)
The House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would bring all U.S. government contractors in the Iraq war zone under the jurisdiction of American criminal law.

Legal experts say judge's ruling on Craig's case is on ‘very solid ground' (The Idaho Statesman)
The ruling that denied Sen. Larry Craig's motion to dismiss his guilty plea to disorderly conduct was well-founded and researched, say a Boise criminal defense attorney and a University of Minnesota law professor.

‘R Cubed’ faces new inquiry (Portland Tribune)
A nasty family dispute over a dying woman’s estate has spawned new allegations against one of Portland’s more flamboyant and controversial criminal-defense lawyers. A disciplinary committee of the Oregon State Bar recently voted to launch a formal ethics prosecution against Randy Ray ...




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