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Criminal Defense News 01/2008



Woman's Family Says She Didn't Plot Killing (WREG-TV Memphis)
What began with an apparent burglary call, may have actually been part of a love triangle which left one person dead.  It happened last week in Southeast Memphis, and that sudden twist in the story has led to criminal charges for the woman at the center of the triangle.

Buffett May Not Testify in General Re Case (New York Times)
Warren E. Buffett may not be called to testify in the criminal trial of Ronald E. Ferguson.

Setback for the Defense in a Hollywood Wiretapping Case (New York Times)
A federal judge has refused to suppress evidence in a case accusing Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano of illegally wiretapping stars.

Attorney bowled over by stream of protest (The Trenton Times)
In a minor brouhaha over a bathroom, the Mercer County first assistant prosecutor has sent a prominent Trenton defense lawyer a letter scolding her for using a lavatory in the victims' waiting room at the criminal courthouse.

On a quest to help police departments ride (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Jimmy Binns hasn't given up on trying to be Santa Claus these days to every police officer in the region, although he is usually on the other side of the bar when it comes to trying criminals. He makes his living as a criminal defense lawyer in Philadelphia.

Death case takes shape; Dentist says it was self-defense (Winston-Salem Journal)
MOCKSVILLE The Clemmons dentist charged last month with murder in the death of his wife says in court papers filed last week that he was defending himself after his wife attacked him with a 16-inch spear. Kirk Alan Turner, 50, was indicted on first-degree murder Dec. 13 in the death of Jennifer Jean Wittwer Turner, whose body was found Sept. 12 in a shop building on the 35-acre property at 627 ...

Setback for the Defense in a Hollywood Wiretapping Case (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A federal judge has refused to suppress evidence in a case accusing Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano of illegally wiretapping stars.

Buffett May Not Testify in General Re Case (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Warren E. Buffett may not be called to testify in the criminal trial of Ronald E. Ferguson.

Lawyers Consider Appeal, Citing Pressure on Jurors (Washington Post)
NEW YORK, Dec. 26 -- A judge's decision to keep a stymied jury deliberating for 12 hours just days before Christmas could be grounds to overturn a manslaughter verdict against a black man convicted of shooting a white teenager, criminal defense lawyers said Wednesday.

Setback for the Defense in a Hollywood Wiretapping Case (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A federal judge has refused to suppress evidence in a case accusing Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano of illegally wiretapping stars.

Buffett May Not Testify in General Re Case (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Warren E. Buffett may not be called to testify in the criminal trial of Ronald E. Ferguson.

Buffett May Not Testify in General Re Case (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Warren E. Buffett may not be called to testify in the criminal trial of Ronald E. Ferguson.

Michael Mazza's record shows pattern of crime, defense before slaying of Broward Sheriff's Deputy Paul Rein (Sun-Sentinel)
Arrests before deputy's slaying blamed on drugs, illness Before the intense search and his brief time on the run as a suspect in a cop killing, Michael Mazza bounced in and out of prison, an incompetent criminal with a knack for beating the system.

David Feige: Nifong, Gitmo and the Topless Undercover: The Top 10 Criminal Justice Stories of 2007 (HuffingtonPost)
If there is one truism about America it is this: we are obsessed with crime and punishment. Every lurid tragedy produces calls for tougher laws and harsher punishments and these days, when calamity strikes, someone goes to prison (except for...

Setback for the Defense in a Hollywood Wiretapping Case (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A federal judge has refused to suppress evidence in a case accusing Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano of illegally wiretapping stars.

Setback for the Defense in a Hollywood Wiretapping Case (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
A federal judge has refused to suppress evidence in a case accusing Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano of illegally wiretapping stars.

Net closes on six Zoniana gunmen (Kathimerini)
Police probing the activities of criminal gangs on Crete said they will soon be in a position to arrest at least six of the perpetrators of a bloody attack on police outside the mountain village of Zoniana in November.

New rules for the court (Northwest Florida Daily News)
Attorney Michael Flowers says he and other criminal defense lawyers get enough curve balls thrown their way during a jury trial. That’s why he’s not much in favor of a change in the rules of court conduct that will allow jurors to post questions to witnesses.

Learn how you can prevent crime (The Reporter)
The Community Services Department is holding a free class about crime prevention and personal safety from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at the McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Place in downtown Vacaville. The class for all ages will include information on the psychology of the criminal mind, home and phone security, automobile security, technological security and self-defense tools.

Accused killer cannot call wife in WA (Boston Globe)
A Washington judge has ruled a Massachusetts man accused of killing a Graham couple can't call or write his wife, but can talk to members of his defense team.

CIA hit by criminal probe over destroyed Al-Qaeda tapes (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The top US law enforcer announced a criminal investigation Wednesday into the destruction of CIA videotapes of Al-Qaeda interrogations that allegedly showed the use of torture.

CIA hit by criminal probe over destroyed tapes (Japan Today)
WASHINGTON — The top U.S. law enforcer announced a criminal investigation Wednesday into the destruction of CIA videotapes of al-Qaida interrogations that allegedly showed the use of torture.

Good deed devolves into murder charge (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Kevin Savage, a veteran correctional officer, tried to do a good deed but ended up in jail charged with murder. "Kevin Savage volunteered to help a relative in need and ends up being the one behind bars," defense attorney Bruce Harvey said Wednesday. He said Savage was acting in self-defense when he killed his cousin's husband two weeks ago. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard disagrees ...

Which GCs Are Most at Risk in Backdating Cases? (Law.com)
Why is the government taking action against some general counsel who backdated stock options, while letting others off the hook? According to John Villa, a partner at Williams & Connolly, the key is whether GCs knew that backdating creates an accounting problem. If they did -- and did nothing to fix it -- they're more likely to face a civil suit from the SEC or criminal charges from the ...

CIA hit by criminal probe over destroyed Al-Qaeda tapes (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The top US law enforcer announced a criminal investigation Wednesday into the destruction of CIA videotapes that allegedly showed the use of torture during Al-Qaeda interrogations.

Mukasey launches probe of CIA (Los Angeles Times)
A top mob-busting prosecutor will head the Justice Department's inquiry on the agency's destruction of videotapes of terrorism suspects' interrogations. The Justice Department said Wednesday that it had opened a full investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing in the CIA's destruction in 2005 of videotapes of terrorism suspects' interrogations.

Tavares barred from calls to his wife (Boston Globe)
TACOMA, Wash. - A judge in Washington has ruled that a Massachusetts man accused of killing a Graham couple cannot call or write his wife and alleged accomplice, but he can talk to members of his defense team.

Limits on Tavares upheld (Tacoma News Tribune)
A man accused of killing a young Graham couple cannot call or write his wife but can talk to members of his defense team, a Pierce County judge ruled Wednesday.

Bonds appears in court (El Paso Times)
SAN FRANCISCO—Barry Bonds told a judge Friday that he wants two top-notch Bay Area defense lawyers to lead his legal team even though they previously represented potential witnesses against the slugger.

Wecht defense opposes streamlined case, wants all charges heard (WFMJ Youngstown)
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Attorneys for pathologist Cyril Wecht are trying to stop federal prosecutors from dropping more than half the 84 criminal counts he faces.

$400 mln bail set for ex-US body armor executive (Reuters via Yahoo! Singapore News)
NEW YORK, Jan 3 - A former chief executive of body armor maker DHB Industries Inc who faces criminal fraud charges was released on $400 million bail on Thursday, according to court papers and his lawyer.

Trooper Charges Headed to Trial (WTAJ-TV Altoona)
CRESSON, CAMBRIA COUNTY - The Trooper is now in the unfamiliar role of criminal defendant. Trooper Eugene Jenkins made his way into the Cresson Courtroom of District Justice Charity Nileski Thursday afternoon for a preliminary hearing .

The System Worked? A Defender Begs to Differ (New York Times)
Bruce A. Barket is one of several lawyers who represented Martin H. Tankleff, charged with the murder of his parents, in his appeals.

Criminal probe into destroyed CIA tapes (Gulf Times)
WASHINGTON: The top US law enforcer has announced a criminal investigation into the destruction of CIA videotapes that allegedly showed the use of torture during Al Qaeda interrogations.

Shuttered Hudson gym's owner in court (The Nashua Telegraph)
NASHUA -- The owner of the recently shuttered Powerhouse Gym in Hudson appeared in court Thursday to face criminal charges he scammed his members out of their fees. ... - By RYAN J. HALLIDAY Telegraph Staff

Group to file suit in defense of pain doctor (The Wichita Eagle)
A national pain relief group has rallied to the defense of a Kansas doctor indicted on federal charges that he ran a "pill mill" from his Haysville clinic that led to the deaths of at least four patients. The New Mexico-based Pain Relief Network will file a civil lawsuit in Wichita federal court alleging that the Controlled Substances Act as applied to doctors and patients is unconstitutional, ...

Group to file suit in defense of pain doctor (The Wichita Eagle)
A national pain relief group has rallied to the defense of a Kansas doctor indicted on federal charges that he ran a "pill mill" from his Haysville clinic that led to the deaths of at least four patients. The New Mexico-based Pain Relief Network will file a civil lawsuit in Wichita federal court alleging that the Controlled Substances Act as applied to doctors and patients is unconstitutional, ...

McLean County case on hold for Love's federal trial (The Pantagraph)
BLOOMINGTON — The McLean County criminal case against a former Bloomington minister and substitute teacher will not move forward until a pending federal case against him is resolved.

Your Town: Defense ends cross-examination in workers' comp hearing (The Monterey County Herald)
SALINAS Workers' comp case continues Monday Apreliminary hearing will continue Monday to determine if Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises managers Douglas Tateoka and David Polk and Pinnacle Urgent Care physician's assistant Eugene Guzman will stand trial on workers' compensation fraud charges.

Judge denies bail in FdL beating case (Fond du Lac Reporter)
A request by the defense to reduce bail for a 36-year-old Fond du Lac man accused of severely beating another man he allegedly tied to a tree last summer was denied Wednesday.

Sheriff Carona to return to work Monday (Orange County Register)
Carona took 60-day leave to work on defense of criminal charges

Sheriff Carona to return to work Monday (Orange County Register)
Sheriff Mike Carona will return to work Monday following a self-imposed 60-day paid leave for work on his legal defense to federal public corruption charges.

Police: Man who killed drinking partner claims self defense (Pioneer Press)
A man who killed a drinking partner in St. Paul told police he did it in self-defense, according to a criminal complaint filed today.

4 veteran judges: 90 years of service (Lancaster Online)
With the addition of six new Lancaster County Court judges today, who would even notice four retiring judges Considering that these four veteran judges combined gave more than 90 years of judicial experience on the bench in civil, criminal and family law —their absence will mean a gre...

North Korea to build up defenses (Moldova.org)
North Korea said it would build up defense programs following a missed denuclearization deadline that it said hinged on U.S. compliance to the six-party talks.Our people have already been building up our defense capability, having an insight into the criminal nature of U.S. imperialists, a commentary in the Korean Central News Agency said.The six-party negotiations aimed at disabling the North ...

A national pain relief group is in Wichita defending a Haysville doctor who faces federal criminal charges. (KAKE)
Siobhan Reynolds heads the Pain Relief Network out of New Mexico. She says PRN will be filing a lawsuit against the federal government in defense of Doctor Stephen Schneider. He's the Haysville doctor arrested and charged with over prescribing pain pills, as well as other federal charges.

Shooting fatality in home ruled self-defense (The Post and Courier)
SUMMERVILLE — No charges will be filed against a man who shot and killed his roommate on New Year's Eve, authorities said Friday, contending that the shooter acted in self-defense against a violent and out-of-control figure who had forced his way back into the house. Brian Sessoms, 24, was shot with a handgun in the chest, stomach and elbow after he climbed back into the home through a ...

St. Paul stabbing death of drinking buddy was in self-defense, suspect tells police (Pioneer Press)
A man who killed a drinking partner with a butcher knife in St. Paul told police he did it in self-defense, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.

Self defense claimed (Portsmouth Herald)
PORTSMOUTH — A city woman accused of pointing a Glock .45 handgun at several people outside a downtown church while shouting, "I'm going to shoot every (expletive) one of you," is scheduled for trial Monday and expected to claim self defense.

Broward County: Leyritz hires attorney in DUI manslaughter case (Sun-Sentinel)
Former Major League Baseball player Jim Leyritz has hired one of Broward County's top criminal defense lawyers as prosecutors investigate the death of a woman killed in a collision with his SUV.




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