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Criminal Defense News 11/2007



Mukasey?s Ambiguity May Block Future Prosecution (New York Times)
Fear of opening the door to criminal or civil liability for torture or abuse appeared to loom large in Michael B. Mukasey?s calculations as he parried tough questions from committee members.

Nominee?s Stand Avoiding Tangle of Torture Cases (New York Times)
Fear of opening the door to criminal or civil liability for torture or abuse appeared to loom large in Michael B. Mukasey?s calculations as he parried tough questions from committee members.

Attorney, judge spar on Dunbar trial time (The Palm Beach Post)
Four teenagers charged in the savage rape and beating of a Dunbar Village woman and her son sat apart in court Wednesday as a klatch of defense attorneys and a prosecutor updated a judge on the progress of their criminal cases - and while the clock on their right to a speedy trial continued to tick away.

Army needs more contracting personnel (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Army, stung by a contracting fraud scandal that has generated more than 80 criminal investigations, needs 1,400 more personnel to deal with the demands of supplying troops in combat, said U.S. officials familiar with a report by federal procurement experts.

Pentagon frowns on base legislation (Bridgeton News)
WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department is trying to nix a base-security plan drafted by members of the New Jersey congressional delegation that would compel civilian visitors and contractors to undergo criminal background checks before working on U.S. military installations.

Suspect may use insanity defense (Centre Daily Times)
BELLEFONTE — An insanity defense may be in the works for a man charged with invading a Patton Township couple’s home and terrorizing them at gunpoint.

Army Needs More Contracting Personnel (Washington Post)
WASHINGTON -- The Army, stung by a contracting fraud scandal that has generated more than 80 criminal investigations, needs 1,400 more personnel to deal with the demands of supplying troops in combat, said U.S. officials familiar with a report by federal procurement experts.

U.S. attorney general nominee avoids tangle of torture cases (International Herald Tribune)
Fear of opening the door to criminal or civil liability for torture or abuse appeared to loom large in Michael Mukasey's answers to committee members.

Ex-Prosecutor, Security Officer Cleared in Terrorism Case (Washington Post)
A former federal prosecutor and a State Department security officer were acquitted yesterday of charges that they withheld evidence from defense attorneys and sought to cover up lies in a terrorism case once considered one of the most important brought after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

NCIS Naval Criminal Investigative Service - The Fourth Season (DVD Talk)
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service is a television series based upon the government agency of the same name. NCIS is a federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction of crimes involving persons and property associated with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Criminal Law Reforms in Eurasia Get Boost from U.S. Experts (U.S. Department of State)
The American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, which began reaching countries throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the late 1980s and early 1990s, promotes development of advocacy and legal practice skills; adoption of ethical standards for judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys; and establishment of merit-based, transparent entry into legal professions. USINFO looks at this ...

Gates: Contracting needs will be met (AP via Yahoo! News)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday the Pentagon intends to pursue a number of recommendations by a panel that said the Army needs another 2,000 military and civilian personnel to better manage contracts after years of waste, fraud and abuse.

Criminal Law Reforms In Eurasia Get Boost From US (Scoop.co.nz)
Criminal Law Reforms in Eurasia Get Boost from U.S. Experts Judges, prosecutors, investigators and police did not cooperate much in Bulgaria in the years following the fall of communism. Investigations were often ineffective and rarely ended in successful prosecutions.

Gates: Contracting needs will be met (AP via Yahoo! News)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday the Pentagon will act on recommendations from a panel that said the Army needs 2,000 more military and civilian workers to better manage contracts after years of waste, fraud and abuse.

Defense begins case in Miczo criminal trial (The Bradford Era)
SMETHPORT — The defense in the criminal trial of Debra Miczo began their case Thursday in McKean County Court, alleging that Miczo was too afraid of her son to deny taking him to Bradford the night he burned down four homes on Kennedy Street.

Nichols case looms over indigent criminal defense hearing (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
ATLANTA -- The case of accused courthouse shooter Brian Nichols loomed over a hearing on Georgia's indigent defense system Thursday as state lawmakers attempted to count the cost and more clearly set standards for defending poor people accused of crimes.

Liberty City 7 defense up next (Miami Herald)
With the prosecution wrapping up its case Thursday, federal jurors in the Liberty City 7 trial will now have to make sense of apparent contradictions about the alleged homegrown terrorist cell.

Slashing of McConnell earmarks demanded (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Reform groups in Washington are demanding that Congress strip $25 million in earmarks that Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is pushing for a British defense contractor facing a criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department and an audit by the U.S. Defense Department. "Public confidence in Congress continues to wane, and wasteful spending and corruption continue to be primary causes of public ...

Defense begins case in Miczo criminal trial (The Bradford Era)
SMETHPORT — The defense in the criminal trial of Debra Miczo began their case Thursday in McKean County Court, alleging that Miczo was too afraid of her son to deny taking him to Bradford the night he burned down four homes on Kennedy Street.

WARNING SIGNS DA MISSED (New York Post)
The Brooklyn DA's Office ignored obvious "red flags" about their star witness in the murder trial of ex-FBI agent Lindley DeVecchio, a prominent criminal-defense lawyer said yesterday. Those warning signs surrounding Linda Schiro included her...

MARYLAND: Judiciary studies allowing cameras at criminal cases (The Daily Times)
BALTIMORE — The Maryland courts are studying whether to allow cameras at criminal trials. Judge Nathan Braverman is chairing the committee. He says the judiciary has not done its own analysis of the issue since the 1980s.

Judiciary Studies Allowing Cameras At Criminal Cases (WBAL-TV Baltimore)
The Maryland courts are studying whether to allow cameras at criminal trials. Judge Nathan Braverman is chairing the committee. He said the judiciary has not done its own analysis of the issue since the 1980s.

Judiciary Studies Cameras In Criminal Cases (CBS 13 Baltimore)
The Maryland courts are studying whether to allow cameras at criminal trials.

Defense Secretary Gates: Military contracting needs will be met (Albuquerque Tribune)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon will act on recommendations from a panel that said the Army needs 2,000 more military and civilian workers to better manage contracts after years of waste, fraud and abuse.

Judiciary studies allowing cameras at criminal cases (The Daily Record)
The Maryland courts are studying whether to allow cameras at criminal trials. Judge Nathan Braverman is chairing the committee. He says the judiciary has not done its own analysis of the issue since the 1980s.

Self Defense for Women Teaches Common Sense (KHNL News 8 Honolulu)
NUUANU (KHNL) - The average female assault victim in Hawaii is a woman between 18 to 26 years of age. That's according to self-defense experts. So how do you protect yourself? There is a course in which many of the techniques are fairly simple.

Indigent drains Ga.'s legal-defense funding (The Washington Times)
A Georgia group that pays for the defense of indigent suspects is facing a contempt of court charge next week because...

Defense begins case in Miczo criminal trial (The Bradford Era)
SMETHPORT — The defense in the criminal trial of Debra Miczo began their case Thursday in McKean County Court, alleging that Miczo was too afraid of her son to deny taking him to Bradford the night he burned down four homes on Kennedy Street.

Mohr pleads guilty to manslaughter, criminal OUI (Bar Harbor Times)
ELLSWORTH – Should a genetic disorder that leads to impaired judgment keep Noah Mohr of Bar Harbor from serving a long prison term for a drunk-driving accident in which a friend of his was fatally injured?

Capital cases stall due to daunting defense costs (Deseret Morning News)
When Hilton M. Fuller Jr., a semi-retired judge of the silver-haired, Southern-gentleman variety, agreed to preside over the trial in a notorious courthouse shooting here, he took a job no one else wanted the legal community was still in shock over the death of a judge, a court reporter, a sheriff's deputy and a federal agent.

Defense begins case in Miczo criminal trial (The Bradford Era)
SMETHPORT — The defense in the criminal trial of Debra Miczo began their case Thursday in McKean County Court, alleging that Miczo was too afraid of her son to deny taking him to Bradford the night he burned down four homes on Kennedy Street.

Publicity worries Allen's defense (Orlando Sentinel)
His attorney says it will be difficult to find an impartial jury State Rep. Bob Allen is facing the fight of his life this week as his trial on a charge of soliciting prostitution begins Monday in a Brevard County courtroom.

Publicity worries Allen's defense (Orlando Sentinel)
His attorney says it will be difficult to find an impartial jury State Rep. Bob Allen is facing the fight of his life this week as his trial on a charge of soliciting prostitution begins Monday in a Brevard County courtroom.

Controversial Portland lawyer fights for gun permit (Portland Tribune)
One of Portland’s more well-known and controversial criminal defense lawyers, Randy Ray Richardson, wants a concealed weapons permit – and he doesn’t want to take “no” for an answer. A former local prosecutor, Richardson already beat his old employer, Multnomah County ...

Mohr pleads guilty to manslaughter, criminal OUI (Bar Harbor Times)
ELLSWORTH – Should a genetic disorder that leads to impaired judgment keep Noah Mohr of Bar Harbor from serving a long prison term for a drunk-driving accident in which a friend of his was fatally injured?

Mohr gets three years for manslaughter (Bar Harbor Times)
ELLSWORTH – Noah Mohr of Bar Harbor will serve three years in prison, an 11-year suspended sentence and four years of probation for manslaughter and criminal OUI in connection with an August 2005 accident in which a friend of his was killed.

Jeffs' lawyers want jail tapes to stay sealed (Deseret Morning News)
Lawyers for Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Warren Jeffs are objecting to the release of any more sealed records in the polygamous sect leader's criminal case.

Defense begins case in Miczo criminal trial (The Bradford Era)
SMETHPORT — The defense in the criminal trial of Debra Miczo began their case Thursday in McKean County Court, alleging that Miczo was too afraid of her son to deny taking him to Bradford the night he burned down four homes on Kennedy Street.

Deadly end for airman from Travis (The Reporter)
A Travis Air Force Base airman was killed last week in an explosion in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Staff Sgt. David A. Wieger, of North Huntingdon, Penn., was 28. A special agent with the Office of Special Investigations, he had been assigned to Detachment 303 at Travis.

Martin Garbus: Mukasey's Confirmation Will be a Disaster (HuffingtonPost)
Years ago, Mukasey defended the indefensible when his friend, Rudolph Giuliani, then a prosecutor, began subpoenaing defense lawyers before grand juries.

Defense ID Selected as Finalist for 2007 Best New Product of the Year (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
Access Control & Security Systems Magazine has announced that Mobilisa's Defense ID is a finalist for the 2007 Best New Product of the Year contest.

Mutilation study never shared in '87 Ft. Collins slaying probe (Rocky Mountain News)
A 30-year study of criminal mutilations in Sweden found that more than half of the wounds were inflicted by people with "specialized" knowledge of anatomy.

Defense Contractor Convicted In Corruption Scandal (KGTV San Diego)
Jurors have reached a verdict in the case of a defense contractor charged with bribing former U.S. Rep. Duke Cunningham, R-San Diego.

Poway contractor guilty of bribing Cunningham (North County Times)
SAN DIEGO --- A jury on Monday found a Poway defense contractor guilty of bribing former North County Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

Defense contractor convicted of bribery (The Charlotte Observer)
A defense contractor was convicted Monday of bribing disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with cash, meals, trips and other gifts in exchange for nearly $90 million in Pentagon work. Brent Wilkes was convicted of all 13 counts against him, including conspiracy, bribery, money laundering and fraud, in one of the biggest corruption scandals ever to strike Congress. The Pentagon contracts ...

Wilkes Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison (Fox 6 News San Diego)
Former San Diego defense contractor Brent Wilkes was convicted today of 13 federal charges for bribing disgraced ex-congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham with cash, gifts, meals and prostitutes.

Media lawyers challenge judge's contempt ruling, decorum order (Deseret Morning News)
A television reporter found in contempt for disregarding a court order in the criminal trial of a polygamous-sect leader wants the ruling thrown out, contending the decision violates her First Amendment rights.

Vote 2007: Guide to the Berks County general election (Reading Eagle)
10 years. Salary: $153,441. All counties in the state, other than Berks, rotate judges among criminal, civil and family court. Berks judges are assigned to one of the three courts, making them specialists in one area.

Breaking News (Cordova Appeal)
Criminal charges against a Bartlett woman who fatally shot her husband last month were dropped today after a review of the case pointed to self defense.

Defense contractor convicted in Cunningham corruption scandal (The San Francisco Examiner)
SAN DIEGO ( Map , News ) - A defense contractor was found guilty Monday of bribing disgraced former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with cash, meals, trips and other gifts in exchange for nearly $90 million in Pentagon work.




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