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Defense official admits spying (Moldova.org)
A U.S. Defense Department official pleaded guilty Monday to an espionage charge for passing along national defense information to China.Gregg William Bergersen, 51, of Alexandria, Va., pleaded guilty to the one count criminal complaint after being arrested Feb. 11, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release.Mr. Bergersen betrayed his oath to serve and protect our nation when he used his ...

Defense official admits spying (UPI)
A U.S. Defense Department official pleaded guilty Monday to an espionage charge for passing along national defense information to China.

UPI NewsTrack TopNews (Moldova.org)
Defense official admits spyingWASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- A U.S. Defense Department official pleaded guilty Monday to an espionage charge for passing along national defense information to China.Gregg William Bergersen, 51, of Alexandria, Va., pleaded guilty to the one count criminal complaint after being arrested Feb. 11, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release.Mr. Bergersen ...

Jury chosen and arguments begin in criminal fraud trial of Wright (Winston-Salem Journal)
Get the scoop on Trail Mix, the Journal's new political blog. » Read more Former state Rep. Thomas Wright illegally bilked a bank and corporate donors out of nearly $160,000 as part of a scheme to enrich himself, a Wake County prosecutor said yesterday at the opening of Wright’s criminal trial on fraud charges.

Case dismissed; defense cites lack of speedy trial (The Joplin Globe)
COLUMBUS, Kan. — A felony charge of criminal possession of a firearm against a Kimberling City, Mo., man has been dismissed because he didn’t receive a speedy trial.

Law Firm Hecht & Associates Launches New Website To Provide Greater Support for Successful Criminal Defense, Family ... (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Hecht & Associates specializes in criminal defense and family law throughout Maryland and Washington DC.

Law Firm Hecht & Associates Launches New Website To Provide Greater Support for Successful Criminal Defense, Family ... (PRWeb)
Hecht & Associates specializes in criminal defense and family law throughout Maryland and Washington DC. Hecht & Associates has extensive litigation experience including defending high-profile criminal prosecutions in federal court, and handling a high volume of serious felony offenses prosecuted on the state level. With headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, Hecht & Associates is easily ...

Vanaman defense seeks unusual strategy (Daily Journal)
BRIDGETON -- Defense attorneys for a Millville police officer accused of killing his wife are pursuing an unusual strategy to secure a change in venue for the high-profile case.

Rep. Artur Davis says Siegelman should not testify on Capitol Hill (Birmingham News)
WASHINGTON - Rep. Artur Davis said Monday that Don Siegelman should not testify before Congress because it could endanger the former governor's criminal defense and distract the committee from its broader investigation of political influence in the U.S. Justice Department.

Testimony begins in Wright's trial: Judge denies motion to delay; prosecution, defense spell out their cases to the jury (The Wilmington Star-News)
Raleigh | Businesses gave money to a cause they thought would benefit a health-care nonprofit run by Thomas Wright, an organization that turned out not to qualify as a charity, prosecutors said as the former lawmaker's criminal trial started Monday.

EADS execs accused of market violations (Moldova.org)
French market authorities said Tuesday they filed a complaint against European Aeronautics, Defense and Space executives for alleged insider trading violations.The Financial Markets Authority said in a statement it had begun sanction procedures and would pass the results of an 18-month investigation over to criminal prosecutors. The statement did not name the executives, but a source said 17 ...

Jury seated in criminal trial of former Rep. Thomas Wright (The Wilmington Star-News)
Raleigh | A jury has been seated to hear the criminal trial of former Rep. Thomas Wright.Eight women and four men were chosen this afternoon. Opening arguments are expected to begin before the trial adjourns for the day.

Opening Statements Being in ICE Ad Trial (FOX 31 Denver)
DENVER - The defense attorney for a government official accused of using restricted criminal information for a campaign ad says he is not a political activist and he was just doing his job.

Thurber defense files change of venue (The Arkansas City Traveler)
The defense in the Justin Thurber capital murder case has filed a motion for change of venue. The motion was filed March 21 in Cowley County District Court.

Father to Testify in Decker's Defense (KESQ Palm Springs)
The father of a former Desert Hot Springs policeman accused of molesting an underage female relative from the ages of 7 to 17 is expected to testify Tuesday in his son's defense.

Attorney: ICE official did not release unauthorized information (Summit Daily News)
DENVER The defense attorney for a government official accused of using restricted criminal information for a campaign ad says he is not a political activist and he was just doing his job.

Defense Makes In Brief (The Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)
HARRISONBURG - After 4½ days of the government presenting evidence against the Crawford family of Elkton, on trial for drug and gun charges, the defense took roughly three hours to present its side.

Attorney: ICE official did not release unauthorized information (9 News Denver)
DENVER (AP) - The defense attorney for a government official accused of using restricted criminal information for a campaign ad says he is not a political activist and he was just doing his job.

Defense asks for venue change in slain student case (The Wichita Eagle)
Defense attorneys for an Arkansas City man charged with kidnapping and killing a Cowley College student have asked for a change of venue, claiming their client cannot get a fair trial in the community because of pretrial publicity. The trial of Justin Thurber is scheduled for June 24 in district court in Winfield. Thurber, 24, is charged with capital murder, rape, aggravated kidnapping and ...

Victim's cocaine use part of defense case (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A man killed in a fight last year outside a Crystal Lake bar had cocaine in his system when he died, a fact that defense attorneys appeared ready to use to their advantage Wednesday in fighting first-degree murder charges.

Criminal case against man accused of shooting four people to death in Santa Maria is suspended (KSBY San Luis Obispo)
The suspected shooter, 31-year-old Lee Leeds, will undergo a mental examination by two doctors, as his defense attorney has called into question Leeds' mental ability to stand trial.

Defense attorney indicted on witness tampering charges 3:54 PM (WCNC Charlotte)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte attorney has been indicted in federal court, accused of witness tampering and obstruction of justice. The U.S. Attorney of the District of South Carolina released an indictment Wednesday of Tolly A. Kennon, III, a criminal defense attorney practicing in Charlotte.

Defense attorneys for an Arkansas City man charged with kidnapping and killing a Cowley College student have asked for ... (KAKE)
They say their client cannot get a fair trial in the community because of pretrial publicity. Twenty-four-year-old Justin Thurber is charged with capital murder, rape, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated criminal sodomy in the January 2007 death of Cowley College dancer Jodi Sanderholm.

Juror Dismissed, Wecht Defense Files Motion (KDKA Pittsburgh)
Just hours after the jury resumed deliberations this morning in the trial of Dr. Cyril Wecht with only 11 jurors, the defense filed a motion saying the judge was hasty in the decision to dismiss a juror.

Fatal ambulance crash negligent, not criminal: attorney (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Criminal charges should be dismissed against an ambulance driver charged with causing a fatal crash that killed a Westmoreland County prison guard because it is not a crime to run through a red light, an attorney argued Wednesday.

Defense moves to halt jury deliberations (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
The defense for Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, former Allegheny County Coroner, wants to halt deliberations by the jury after the judge dismissed a juror for medical reasons.

Lawyer held in criminal contempt (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
In a medical malpractice case last week, plaintiff's attorney R. Sadler Bailey repeatedly called defense attorneys liars and told the judge her rulings could "set a world record for error." On Wednesday, Bailey was led from the courtroom in handcuffs after Circuit Court Judge Karen Williams held him in direct criminal contempt of court.

Defense says Moss’ rights were violated (Marion Chronicle-Tribune)
The trial of Alton Moss was postponed Tuesday because a judge denied a request to keep information from being brought up in the trial. According to court documents, a request was filed March 26 by defense attorneys Joe Keith Lewis and Bruce Elliott.

Defense: Victim used drug (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A man killed in a fight last year outside a Crystal Lake bar had cocaine in his system when he died, a fact that defense attorneys appeared ready to use to their advantage Wednesday in fighting first-degree murder charges.

Defense: Victim used drug (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A man killed in a fight last year outside a Crystal Lake bar had cocaine in his system when he died, a fact that defense attorneys appeared ready to use to their advantage Wednesday in fighting first-degree murder charges.

Woman in midst of criminal case forbidden from operating child care center (The Capital Times)
The operator of what the state contends is an illegal child care center on the east side, where a baby died last summer, failed to have conditions of her bond changed in a hearing today, and will still be forbidden from operating a child care center for children not related to her as a criminal case against her proceeds. Kristy Kaltenberg, 26, is charged with operating a child care center ...

Two Alabama criminal appeals judges won’t run again (The Athens News Courier)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two judges on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, including the state’s longest serving appellate court judge, announced Wednesday they won’t seek re-election this year.

Chevron Accused of Lying to Shareholders Over $16 Billion Damages Claim to Ecuador Rainforest Case by Amazon Defense ... (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Chevron Corp.'s management is lying to shareholders about the finding by a court expert that it faces up to $16 billion in liability for a major human rights catastrophe in the Amazon rainforest by dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste, said representatives of the Amazon Defense Coalition, a group representing 80 communities and five indigenous groups in the class-action lawsuit.

State contends murder; defense says tragic accident (The Harrisburg Daily Register)
HARRISBURG - The prosecutor and the defense painted very different pictures of what happened between Arnold Fonseca and Ashleigh Miller on May 28, as Fonseca's murder trial began this week.

Criminal charges seem close in Inflight Newspapers case (Newsday)
New claims include use of company funds for exec's home landscaping, tuition payments and car leases as well as a cash stash and ghost employees As prosecutors this week filed papers in the first hint of criminal charges in the Inflight Newspapers case, testimony in a related bankruptcy case raised a new array of claims by the defunct company's former chief financial officer. ...

State contends murder; defense says tragic accident (The Harrisburg Daily Register)
HARRISBURG - The prosecutor and the defense painted very different pictures of what happened between Arnold Fonseca and Ashleigh Miller on May 28, as Fonseca's murder trial began this week.

Defense says Moss’ rights were violated (Marion Chronicle-Tribune)
The trial of Alton Moss was postponed Tuesday because a judge denied a request to keep information from being brought up in the trial. According to court documents, a request was filed March 26 by defense attorneys Joe Keith Lewis and Bruce Elliott.

ACLU, Lawyers Group Aim to Defend High-Value Detainees (Washington Post)
The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers announced last night that the groups are assembling teams of civilian lawyers that could represent the high-value detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in upcoming military commissions there.

Criminal Charges Eyed in Probe of Council (The New York Sun)
City Council staffers could face criminal charges for setting aside millions of dollars in the city's budget for phantom organizations that do not exist, a shady practice that is threatening the mayoral ambitions of Speaker Christine Quinn and Comptroller William Thompson Jr., and tarnishing the mayoralty of Michael Bloomberg. An official who requested anonymity said a senior staffer to a ...

Defense: Victim used drug (Northwest Herald)
WOODSTOCK – A man killed in a fight last year outside a Crystal Lake bar had cocaine in his system when he died, a fact that defense attorneys appeared ready to use to their advantage Wednesday in fighting first-degree murder charges.

Closing arguments expected in former Rep. Wright's criminal trial (WAVY 10)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Closing arguments are expected in the criminal trial of former Rep. Thomas Wright. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled Friday to make final pleas to jurors considering whether Wright illegally pocketed charitable donations and fraudulently obtained a loan.

Risk of Successful Criminal Prosecution in Accidental Disasters has Increased Over the Past Century (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Public demand for full accountability, including criminal charges if warranted, invariably follows accidental disasters like the recent collapse of a construction crane in midtown Manhattan that killed seven.

2 groups offer to defend Gitmo detainees (AP via Yahoo! News)
The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers said they are assembling teams of civilian attorneys to help defend some of the most notorious terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

Attorneys for state auditor want counts tossed (KJRH-TV Tulsa)
Defense attorneys for indicted State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan and his wife are seeking the dismissal of several criminal counts against the pair.

Defense case under way in Fonseca trial (The Harrisburg Daily Register)
HARRISBURG - State's Attorney David Nelson ended the state's case against Arnold Fonseca Thursday afternoon after two full days of witnesses. Defense attorneys planned to start calling witnesses Friday morning.

Defense case under way in Fonseca trial (The Harrisburg Daily Register)
HARRISBURG - State's Attorney David Nelson ended the state's case against Arnold Fonseca Thursday afternoon after two full days of witnesses. Defense attorneys planned to start calling witnesses Friday morning.

Closing arguments expected in Wright's criminal trial (Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald)
RALEIGH (AP) - Closing arguments are expected in the criminal trial of former Rep. Thomas Wright. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled Friday to make final pleas to jurors considering whether Wright illegally pocketed charitable donations and fraudulently obtained a loan.

Armed Response: A Comprehensive Guide to Using Firearms for Self-Defense (WorldNetDaily)
"'Armed Response' is a must-read for every gun owner." ~ Alan Gottlieb - Founder, Second Amendment Foundation

Defense Attorney Warren Brown Shares His Knowledge of the Catonsville Home Invasion (ABC 2 Baltimore)
Brown believes it was a kidnapping for ransom.

Father Steps Forward In Defense Of Police Officer (The Post-Journal)
4/6/2008 - Steve Ribbing stayed silent when he first learned his son, Matthew Ribbing, had been accused of evidence tampering while working as an officer with the Jamestown Police Department.




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