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Criminal Defense News 06/2008



Slaying suspect claims self-defense (York Daily Record)
The man authorities say stabbed a co-worker about 100 times and set him on fire during a Wednesday camping trip in Carroll Valley is claiming he acted in self-defense.

US aid ships could soon leave Myanmar coast (AP via Yahoo! News)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he'll decide within "a matter of days" to withdraw U.S. Navy ships from the coast of Myanmar, because "it's becoming pretty clear the regime is not going to let us help."

U.S. aid ships could soon leave Burma coast (USA Today)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday he will make a decision within "a matter of days" to withdraw U.S. Navy ships from the coast of Burma, because "it's becoming pretty clear the regime is not going to let us help."

Alabama Rep. Sue Schmitz's attorneys appeal judge's ruling (Birmingham News)
Defense lawyers for state Rep. Sue Schmitz, D-Toney, are not backing off claims of political prosecution, challenging a federal judge's ruling that they offered little evidence to support the charge and some of their legal arguments represented an "incomplete understanding" of federal criminal procedure.

Gates Accuses Burma of Criminal Neglect in Cyclone Operations (Voice of America)
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has accused Burma of criminal neglect in its handling of relief efforts after a deadly cyclone.

U.S. defense chief cautions against coup in Thailand (Houston Chronicle)
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in Thailand on Sunday as anti-government protesters raise the specter of a military coup, urged top leaders to maintain democratic rule.

Myanmar junta is guilty of 'criminal neglect,' Gates says (International Herald Tribune)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates of the United States said Sunday that more Burmese civilians would perish unless the military regime reverses its policy of blocking large-scale international aid for cyclone victims.

Greg Mitchell: Mia Farrow's Nephew Dies in Iraq -- Uncle Blames 'War Criminal' Bush (HuffingtonPost)
Sgt. Jason Dene, the nephew of actress and activist Mia Farrow, died in Iraq last week and his uncle blames the "war criminal" George W....

Gates Criticizes Myanmar Over Aid (New York Times)
In the strongest remarks yet by a high-ranking American official, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that Myanmar was guilty of ?criminal neglect? for blocking large-scale international aid.

Gonzales cleared in arrest of Abat (Yehey!)
The Office of the Ombudsman has cleared Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, five prosecutors of the Department of Justice and twelve officials of the Philippine National Police from the criminal and administrative charges filed by former defense secretary Fortunato Abat, who was arrested by authorities for advocating the forming of a revolutionary transition government against President Gloria ...

Homicide suspect claims self-defense (Public Opinion)
ADAMS COUNTY, Friday, May 30 -- The man authorities say stabbed a co-worker up to 100 times and set him on fire during a Wednesday camping trip in Carroll Valley is claiming he acted in self-defense.

'Criminal neglect' cited in Myanmar (Pioneer Press)
BANGKOK, Thailand — In the strongest remarks yet by a high-ranking American official, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday that Myanmar was guilty of "criminal neglect" for blocking large-scale international aid to cyclone victims, and that more Burmese civilians would perish unless the military regime reverses its policy.

Burma guilty of neglect, U.S. says (San Jose Mercury News)
BANGKOK, Thailand - In the strongest remarks yet by a high-ranking U.S. official, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday that Burma was guilty of "criminal neglect" for blocking large-scale international aid to cyclone victims, and that more Burmese civilians would perish unless the

Myanmar accused of "criminal neglect" (Seattle Times)
In the strongest remarks yet by a high-ranking U.S. official, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday that Myanmar was guilty of "criminal...

Gates Accuses Myanmar of ‘Criminal Neglect’ (The Florence Times-Daily)
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that four Navy ships waiting to deliver aid would probably be withdrawn soon.

Today’s Headlines (Jacksonville Daily Record)
• Growing Jacksonville Law Firm specializing in criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation seeks highly-motivated Experienced Civil Attorney to take over substantial civil caseload. Attorney may bring existing clients.

Second attorney joins Lawshe death penalty defense team (Florence Morning News)
The death penalty trail against the Georgetown County man accused of raping, killing, then burning a Litchfield Beach woman inside her home is one step closer to starting. A second attorney is assigned to the Shane Earl Lawshe defense team.

Defense in old murder built on spousal abuse (The Olympian)
Lawyers for a woman accused of killing her husband in 1980 have filed motions indicating their defense will portray the woman as an abused wife who acted in self-defense.

Nonprofit news roundup for June 2, 2008 (Philanthropy Journal)
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates has said the Myanmar government is guilty of "criminal neglect" for its refusal to allow large-scale international aid into the county in the aftermath of May's devastating cyclone, The New York Times reported June 2. Despite his opinion, Gates said defense ministers at a recent meeting in Singapore all opposed any efforts to overrule Myanmar's ...

TIMES: Haq jury deadlocked on majority of criminal charges (KING5 Seattle)
Jurors weighing the fate of Naveed Haq said they are hopelessly deadlocked on all but a portion of one of the 15 criminal charges against the accused Jewish Federation gunman.

Alston & Bird's Whitley headed to Traurig LLP (BizJournals)
Joe D. Whitley, the first general counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and formerly the third-ranking official the U.S. Department of Justice, has left Alston & Bird LLP to join Greenberg Traurig LLP as shareholder in the white collar criminal defense. His practice also includes the growing area of Homeland Security law and procurement.

Cop-killing suspect has minor criminal history (Tucson Citizen)
A Tucson man suspected of killing a police officer and wounding two deputies has a minor criminal history.

Kaine approves bills boosting protection for violence victims (The Virginian-Pilot)
RICHMOND For years, state law included language allowing individuals who had consensual sex with minors 14 and older to avoid criminal charges if they subsequently married the child. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine called it andquot;a very archaic defense in the state to statutory rape.andquot; On Mond ...

Troy sex sting case heads to trial (Detroit News)
TROY -- A typically low-profile criminal case moving through District Court is expected to garner attention today -- namely for the players involved, but also due to the prolific legal filings of a little-known defense lawyer.

Olmert must step down, Israeli defense chief says (Daily Local News)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s powerful defense minister on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down amid a burgeoning corruption scandal and threatened to bring down the government if the Israeli leader does not comply.

DEFENSE LAWYER: Spence keeps legacy intact (Detroit Free Press)
Wyoming trial lawyer Gerry Spence closed his legendary career Monday on a familiar note: winning -- and with a flourish. As lead criminal lawyer for Geoffrey Fieger, Spence successfully argued, as he has so often, that a powerful federal government had overreached in prosecuting his client.

Today’s Headlines (Jacksonville Daily Record)
• Growing Jacksonville Law Firm specializing in criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation seeks highly-motivated Experienced Civil Attorney to take over substantial civil caseload. Attorney may bring existing clients.

Defense Contractor Pleads Guilty in Bribery Scheme Involving Department of Defense Contracts in Iraq (PR Newswire via Yahoo! News)
A defense contractor, Raman International Inc. (Raman), pleaded guilty today for its role in a bribery scheme aimed at influencing the award of U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) contracts at Camp Victory, Iraq, the Department of Justice announced today.

Defense contractor pleads guilty to bribery (The Oklahoman)
A Texas-based defense contractor pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court for its role in a bribery scheme to influence government contracts in Iraq handled by an Oklahoma military officer. Cypress, Texas-based Raman International Inc. pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and agreed to pay a $500,000 fine and more than $325,000 in ...

Defense contractor pleads guilty to bribery (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A Texas-based defense contractor pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court for its role in a bribery scheme to influence government contracts in Iraq handled by an...

Cypress defense contractor pleads guilty to bribery (Houston Chronicle)
A Texas-based defense contractor pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court for its role in a bribery scheme to influence government contracts in Iraq handled by an Oklahoma military officer.

Jason Williams Enters Race for New Orleans DA (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Cheered on by a big crowd gathered today on the top floor of the World Trade Center, criminal defense lawyer Jason Rogers Williams 35, declared his candidacy for Orleans Parish District Attorney in the Oct. 4 election.

Claiming Lack of Evidence, Astor’s Son Seeks Dismissal of Fraud Case (New York Times)
Defense lawyers for Brooke Astor’s son and one of her lawyers asked a judge to throw out the criminal case that accuses the men of trying to swindle her out of millions of dollars.

Defense lawyer joins Orleans DA's race (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Cheered on by a big crowd gathered Tuesday on the top floor of the World Trade Center, criminal defense lawyer Jason Rogers Williams, 35, declared his candidacy for Orleans Parish district attorney in the Oct. 4 election.

Defense supplier guilty of bribery (The Washington Times)
A Texas-based defense contracting company pleaded guilty Tuesday in a bribery scheme aimed at influencing the award of Defense Department contracts at Camp Victory in Iraq, the Justice Department said.

R. Kelly gavel to gavel: The defense's 5 biggest hurdles (Chicago Tribune)
As R. Kelly's attorneys launch his defense this morning, they've got some explaining to do. The prosecution presented a solid case against their man and, as in any criminal trial, there's damage control that needs to be done.

Texas' top criminal court creates unit to study justice system (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
The 12-member panel will include members of the Texas Legislature, judges, district attorneys and criminal defense attorneys.

Today’s Headlines (Jacksonville Daily Record)
• Growing Jacksonville Law Firm specializing in criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation seeks highly-motivated Experienced Civil Attorney to take over substantial civil caseload. Attorney may bring existing clients.

Texas' top criminal court creates unit to study justice system (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By MAX B. BAKER In reaction to the growing number of wrongful convictions uncovered across the state, the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals announced Wednesday that it is creating a Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit to investigate and address weaknesses in the criminal justice system. Texas Criminal Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Hervey said the 12-member unit will include members of the ...

Defense gets to review DNA in '87 BG murder (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune)
DNA evidence in a pending murder case here in Wood County was ordered turned over the defense for its own...

R. Kelly trial: The defense's 5 biggest hurdles (Post-Bulletin)
Jun. 4--As R. Kelly's attorneys launch his defense this morning, they've got some explaining to do. The prosecution presented a solid case against their man and, as in any criminal trial, there's damage control that needs to be done.

R. Kelly trial: The defense's 5 biggest hurdles (Los Angeles Times)

Children's health care, indigent defense money approved (WIS News 10 Columbia)
Funding will not be cut for health care for about 88,000 South Carolina children or for lawyers to represents the state's poor in criminal cases.

Task force to serve as watchdog for Texas criminal justice system (Dallas Morning News)
A month after a handful of Dallas exonerees traveled to the state Capitol to tell their stories of wrongful conviction, the state's highest criminal court announced the establishment of a task force to address problems within the criminal justice system.

State sets up watchdog unit for criminal justice system (Houston Chronicle)
In a "call to action" to address problems in the justice system, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Barbara Hervey on Wednesday announced a new Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit.

Today’s Headlines (Jacksonville Daily Record)
• Growing Jacksonville Law Firm specializing in criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation seeks highly-motivated Experienced Civil Attorney to take over substantial civil caseload. Attorney may bring existing clients.

Attorneys Accused Of Drunken Disturbance (KCRA 3 Sacramento)
The Shasta County District Attorney's Office has filed misdemeanor charges against three public criminal defense attorneys.

Attorney: Deposit of state money into Rockwall DA's account a mistake (Dallas Morning News)
The deposit of $68,000 of state money into the Rockwall district attorney’s personal bank account amounts to a mistake, not a grand, criminal conspiracy, his defense attorney contends.

Murder suspect fires laywer during jury selection (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
A New Orleans man awaiting trial in the first-degree murder of a Gentilly restaurant owner fired his paid defense attorney today, causing further delay in the 2003 case at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

Conduct of police detective scuttles dozens of cases (Baltimore Sun)
Prosecutions dropped as suspension surfaces Baltimore prosecutors have dropped dozens of criminal cases after a defense attorney discovered that the officer who helped arrest his client had once been suspended for trying to handle a domestic violence call in which he was the suspect.




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