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Criminal Defense News 02/2008



Witness: Another man confessed to Toms River carjacking (Asbury Park Press)
A criminal defense attorney testified today on behalf of a former client on trial for carjacking that another man confessed to him that he stole the car the defendant is accused of taking.

Jesus was a criminal defendant, not a prosecutor, professor says (Baylor Lariat)
ATLANTA -- In a fashion typifying the New Baptist Covenant, a gathering of all ages, races and professions tackled tough questions Thursday afternoon, this time on the topic of criminal justice.

Defense calls for accused (Altoona Mirror)
By Wendy McCardle [email protected] BEDFORD - Joseph W. Clark took the stand Thursday in his criminal homicide trial after a morning of bizarre twists. The defense's first witness was David Lucas, a prisoner at the U.S.

Man who says he was hired to kill Allen woman asked about criminal past (Dallas Morning News)
MCKINNEY – After briefly being locked up Friday morning for refusing to answer questions about his criminal past, the key witness in an attempted murder-for-hire trial apparently changed his mind and took the stand in the afternoon.

Defense submits delayed Schuttloffel transcripts (Half Moon Bay Review)
In the spring of 2007, a San Mateo County grand jury heard testimony that led to an indictment of Charles Schuttloffel, 37, for murdering his two sons by setting fire to their San Gregorio home three years earlier.

Florence attorney suspended for relationship with client (Florence Morning News)
A Florence lawyer has been suspended for nine months after having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a client. W. James Hoffmeyer, an attorney who works on cases involving criminal defense, insurance defense and family court, also is required to pay the costs associated with his disciplinary proceeding. Hoffmeyer’s lawyer, Kevin M. Barth of Florence, said he didn’t want to comment on ...

Attorneys Move To Suppress Details Of Boy's Slaying (WLKY Louisville)
Defense attorneys for a man accused of kidnapping and killing a 4-year-old boy said the media has no First Amendment right to report on thousands of pages of information from the criminal case file.

Wartime use of contractors (AP via Yahoo! News)
CONTRACTORS OUTNUMBER TROOPS: There are 196,000 contract employees working for the Defense Department in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are 182,000 U.S. forces in both countries. Most of those are Army troops.

Wartime use of contractors (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
CONTRACTORS OUTNUMBER TROOPS: There are 196,000 contract employees working for the Defense Department in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are 182,000 U.S. forces in both countries. Most of those are Army troops. -- CONTRACT FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS GROW: Federal agents are handling more than 100 criminal investigations related to war contract fraud, bribery, false billing, kickbacks and theft.

Man who say he was hired to kill Allen woman questioned about criminal past (Dallas Morning News)
MCKINNEY – After briefly being locked up Friday morning for refusing to answer questions about his criminal past, the key witness in an attempted murder-for-hire trial apparently changed his mind and took the stand in the afternoon.

Glum pleads not guilty to murdering baby (The Bismarck Tribune)
An attorney for a woman accused of killing her newborn baby has until April 1 to provide prosecutors with information regarding a possible lack of criminal responsibility defense.

Military contractors are hard to fire (AP via Yahoo! News)
ITT Federal Services International, a defense contractor hired to maintain battle gear for U.S. troops in Iraq, repeatedly failed to do the job right.

Man who says he was hired to kill Allen woman asked about criminal past (Dallas Morning News)
MCKINNEY – After briefly being locked up Friday morning for refusing to answer questions about his criminal past, the key witness in an attempted murder-for-hire trial apparently changed his mind and took the stand in the afternoon.

Man who says he was hired to kill Allen woman asked about criminal past (Dallas Morning News)
MCKINNEY – After briefly being locked up Friday morning for refusing to answer questions about his criminal past, the key witness in an attempted murder-for-hire trial apparently changed his mind and took the stand in the afternoon.

Military contractors are hard to fire (USA Today)
ITT Federal Services International, a defense contractor hired to maintain battle gear for U.S. troops in Iraq, repeatedly failed to do the job right.

Glum pleads not guilty to murdering baby (The Bismarck Tribune)
An attorney for a woman accused of killing her newborn baby has until April 1 to provide prosecutors with information regarding a possible lack of criminal responsibility defense.

Defense attorneys allege misconduct in fraud case (Montgomery Advertiser)
PRATTVILLE -- Defense attorneys are crying foul over two Autauga County fraud cases, saying the state's largest insurance company influenced the in­vestigations.

SocGen defends itself ahead of money laundering trial (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Societe Generale laid out its defense ahead of a high-profile money laundering trial due to begin in Paris on Monday, which could put further pressure on the French bank as it grapples with the effects of a trading scandal.

Guilty plea in death of resident at adult-care home in Snohomish (Everett Herald)
A second employee of a defunct adult-care home pleaded guilty this week to first-degree criminal mistreatment in the 2002 death of an ill, 73-year-old woman.

Marsh Trial Goes to Jury (WDEF Chattanooga)
A jury in Hamilton county criminal court on Monday will begin deliberating the fate of 27 year old Jamel Marsh. read more

Wrong man tried, convicted because of attorney-client privilege (The Pantagraph)
CHICAGO -- For a quarter of a century, defense lawyers Dale Coventry and Jamie Kunz were bound by the rules of law to hold onto a secret that now could mean freedom for a man serving a life sentence for murder.

Kuwait Crime News (Arab Times)
KUWAIT : The Criminal Court Sunday held its first session to look into the third case No. 741/2006, which has been filed against Hajjaj Mohammed Adel Al-Saadi, who is better known as 'Hawalli Monster'.

Laurean case has lessons for others (Jacksonville Daily News)
A grand jury in Texas has indicted Cesar Laurean on first-degree murder. The mock grand jury was made up members of a courts and criminal procedure class at Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas, who have been following the Laurean case since it made the national news.

Memos (The Post and Courier)
Robby Robbins has opened Robert D. Robbins Attorney at Law LLC at 110 North Main St., Summerville. He practices in personal injury, criminal defense, business litigation, local government and land-use planning.

Criminal justice task force could be permanent (Stamford Advocate)
A panel of experts is expected to recommend that the state form a permanent commission to study sentencing in criminal courts, racial disparities in prisons and other issues.

Cops In Bell Case Waive Right To Jury (Queens Chronicle)
The Rev. Al Sharpton stands next to Nicole Paultre Bell on the steps of the Queens County Criminal Courthouse after the indicted officers in the Sean Bell case waived their right to a jury trial.

Military Contractors Are Hard To Fire (CBS News)
ITT Federal Services International, a defense contractor hired to maintain battle gear for U.S. troops in Iraq, repeatedly failed to do the job right.

Youth Court paves way for Jayvonna’s return (The Buffalo News)
The agreement that Jayvonna Kincannon would apologize to McKinley High School Principal Crystal Barton in order for her to return to school after five weeks of suspension was hammered out Saturday by a courtroom of teenagers acting as judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Smoke shop trial evidence in dispute (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE — State police and defense experts are at odds about whether potentially deleted e-mail messages related to the 2003 raid on a tribal smoke-shop can be retrieved from the force’s computer system.

Criminal justice task force could be permanent (Norwalk Advocate)
A panel of experts is expected to recommend that the state form a permanent commission to study sentencing in criminal courts, racial disparities in prisons and other issues.

Admitted drug dealer acquitted in Camden slaying (Courier-Post)
CAMDEN - A Camden County jury deliberated less than 35 minutes today before clearing admitted drug dealer Juan Marrero of all criminal charges in connection with the 2004 shooting death of Leonard "Pops" Mercado.

Blackwater Protesters: Secret Trial, Criminal Conviction (The Palestine Chronicle)
Whether this mattered to him or not, Judge Duke's words were interesting, given the religious fanaticism and avowed patriotism of Blackwater's owner, Erik Prince.

US says no one too young for Guantanamo court (AlertNet)
Source: Reuters By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A Canadian accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan should not be tried as a war criminal because he was a child ...

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Defense submits delayed Schuttloffel transcripts (Half Moon Bay Review)
In the spring of 2007, a San Mateo County grand jury heard testimony that led to an indictment of Charles Schuttloffel, 37, for murdering his two sons by setting fire to their San Gregorio home three years earlier.

U.S. says no one too young for Guantanamo court (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Canadian accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan should not be tried as a war criminal because he was a child soldier for al Qaeda, too young to voluntarily join its forces, his military defense lawyer told a U.S. war court on Monday.

Charges dropped against two accused of bilking elderly Palm Beach woman (The Palm Beach Post)
A couple charged with scamming an elderly Palm Beach neighbor out of her savings has agreed to pay her $260,000 in restitution in return for criminal charges being dropped.

Teacher Held in Forgery of Time-Off Requests (New York Times)
A daughter of Lynne F. Stewart, the defense lawyer convicted of aiding terrorism by smuggling messages out of prison for a client, was arrested on Monday on charges of forgery and falsifying documents.

Lawmakers renew effort to tighten ID day care rules (The Olympian)
After three years of failing to pass tougher day care rules in the Idaho House, lawmakers who favor changes turned Monday to the Senate in their latest bid to require more fire and safety inspections as well as criminal background checks and safety training for employees working with youngsters.

Defense calls shooting self-defense (Knoxville News Sentinel)
In just what kind of world does one teenager gun down another?

Coupleto payneighbor $260,000 in deal (The Palm Beach Post)
A couple charged with defrauding an elderly Palm Beach neighbor out of her savings has agreed to pay her $260,000 in restitution in return for criminal charges' being dropped.

Defense calls shooting self-defense (Knoxville News Sentinel)
In just what kind of world does one teenager gun down another?

Man claims immunity in rape (Detroit News)
DETROIT -- A convicted murderer representing himself in a pedophile trial presented his unusual defense to jurors Monday, admitting that he molested boys decades ago but claiming his status as a secret agent prevents prosecutors from charging him.

Sheriff says deputies not coerced (Akron Beacon Journal)
Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander testified Monday that when he arrived at the county jail on the night an inmate died after a struggle with several deputies, he ''did not believe anything criminal had happened.''

Lawyer's response to military tribunals (Baltimore Sun)
You don't have to be an attorney, or even a regular viewer of Law and Order, to know that the military tribunals that take place at the Guantanamo prison camp are worlds away from what most Americans know as the criminal justice system.

Charges filed in hit-and-run death of bicyclist (The Oshkosh Northwestern)
Criminal charges have been filed against an Oshkosh man accused of hitting a bicyclist and driving away because he didnt want to have contact with police while intoxicated.

BELARUSIAN ACTIVISTS SET UP COMMITTEE TO DEFEND YOUNG OPPOSITIONIST (Radio Free Europe: Radio Library)
Belarusian opposition politicians and civil-society activists on February 4 set up a civic committee for the defense of Andrey Kim, against whom the authorities recently began criminal proceedings, Belapan and RFE/RL's Belarus Service reported. Kim was sentenced to 10 days in jail for his participation in a unsanctioned January 21 demonstration against the government's restrictions on businesses ...

OFFICIALS WARN WARSAW, PRAGUE OVER MISSILE DEFENSE (Radio Free Europe: Radio Library)
State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachyov warned on February 4 that Russia could target components of the U.S.

Liberia: New Trial for Julu, Dorbor (AllAfrica.com)
The Judge of the Criminal Court "A", Charles Williams, has granted a motion for a retrial in the ongoing treason trial involving retired AFL General Charles Julu and Col. Andrew Dorbor.

Foster mom sentenced to 12 years in Ore. girl's death (KGW NewsChannel 8 Portland)
A woman who pleaded no contest to manslaughter and criminal mistreatment in the death of a 2-year-old foster child was sentenced to a dozen years in prison.




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