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Beating death ruled self-defense (The Gresham Outlook)
A Sandy man involved in a fight that lead to the death of a Gresham man won’t face any criminal charges. The Multnomah County grand jury that considered the case decided against an indictment of Derek K. Houston, 28, of Sandy on a second-degree manslaughter charge Tuesday, Sept. 23, said ...

Defense seeks delay in infant death trial (Opelika-Auburn News)
Defense attorneys for a man charged in the death of his 7-month-old son and the assault of a 3-year-old non-blood relative said it would likely be after the first of the year before they were ready for trial.

Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc, Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense should continuecoalition talks - speaker (Interfax)
KYIV. Oct 1 (Interfax) - Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada speaker Arseny Yatsenyuk has urged the participants in negotiations on building a parliamentary coalition to return to the positions they assumed before the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense bloc's parliamentary faction announced its withdrawal from the coalition.

O.J. Simpson friend to testify for defense in Las Vegas armed robbery trial (KSBY San Luis Obispo)
Associated Press - October 1, 2008 9:14 AM ET LAS VEGAS (AP) - Trial resumes today in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery case, with testimony from a key defense witness.

O.J. Simpson friend to testify for defense in Las Vegas armed robbery trial (Las Vegas Sun)
Wed, Oct 1, 2008 (6:36 a.m.) Trial resumes today in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery case, with testimony from a key defense witness. Thomas Scotto was the wedding groom for whom Simpson came to Las Vegas to serve as best man.

Live Video: Simpson Defense Lawyers Present Case (NBC 4 Los Angeles)
Defense lawyers present the case for O.J. Simpson, and closing arguments could come as soon as Thursday.

O.J. friend to testify for defense in trial (ABC 13 Houston)
O.J. Simpson friend to testify for defense when armed robbery trial resumes Wednesday in Vegas

Simpson pal Scotto set to testify for defense (CNN)
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) -- The wedding of a close friend brought O.J. Simpson and other men together last year around a Las Vegas hotel-casino pool, where prosecutors allege plans were made for the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers peddling the former football star's mementoes.

Attorney cited for hanging anti-war poster (San Francisco Chronicle)
John Runfola, a prominent criminal defense lawyer, was arrested at the San Francisco Blues Festival in Fort Mason after tying an anti-war poster to the statute of the late Phil Burton. Runfola was cited Sunday for failing to obey an officer and demonstrating...

O.J. Simpson friend to testify for defense in Las Vegas armed robbery trial (KESQ Palm Springs)
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Trial resumes today in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery case, with testimony from a key defense witness. Thomas Scotto was the wedding groom for whom Simpson came to Las Vegas to serve as best man.

Judge rules child molester's defense faulty (Sonoma Index-Tribune)
Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau has ruled that criminal defense attorney Chris Andrian provided former Sonoman Jonathan Johnson constitutionally inadequate representation during plea negotiations before trial in 2003.

Chicago man convicted of criminal sexual abuse (The Champaign News-Gazette)
URBANA – A Chicago man who climbed in bed between a sleeping Urbana couple and fondled the wife was convicted by a Champaign County jury Tuesday of criminal sexual abuse. It took the jury about an hour to convict Keith Harris, 42, who chose not to testify in his own defense. He faces penalties ranging from probation to one to six years when he's sentenced Nov. 10. A previous federal ...

Defense rests in OJ's armed robbery trial in Vegas (AP via Yahoo! News)
O.J. Simpson's defense rested its case Wednesday without calling the former football star to the stand. Instead, his lawyers wrapped up with a voice mail from a key prosecution witness offering to tailor his testimony if he was paid enough.

Defense rests in OJ's armed robbery trial in Vegas (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent. O.J. Simpson's defense rested its case Wednesday without calling the former football star Instead, the defense wrapped up with a voice mail from a key prosecution witness offering to tailor his testimony if he was paid enough.

Defense attorney faces prison contraband charges (East Valley Tribune)
Defense attorney Jason John Keller of Tempe was charged Wednesday by the Arizona Attorney General's Office with one count of conspiracy to commit promoting prison contraband, three counts of promoting prison contraband and three counts of assisting a criminal street gang.

Defense rests in OJ's armed robbery trial in Vegas (Bangkok Post - Thailand's English news)
By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent. O.J. Simpson's defense rested its case Wednesday without calling the former football star to the stand. Instead, his lawyers wrapped up with a voice mail from a key prosecution witness offering to tailor his testimony if he was paid enough.

Defense rests in OJ's armed robbery trial in Vegas (KRIS-TV Corpus Christi)
Associated Press - October 1, 2008 9:13 PM ET LAS VEGAS (AP) - O.J. Simpson's defense has rested its case without calling the former football star to the stand.

Defense rests in OJ's armed robbery trial in Vegas (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
LAS VEGAS (AP) - O.J. Simpson's defense has rested its case without calling the former football star to the stand. Instead, his lawyers wrapped up with a voice mail from a key prosecution witness offering to tailor his testimony if he was paid enough.

Defense Plays Surprise Audio (The Tampa Tribune)
O.J. Simpson's defense rested its case Wednesday without calling the former football star to the stand. Instead, his attorneys wrapped up with a voice mail from a key prosecution witness offering to tailor his testimony if he was paid enough.

A new report for stricter indigent defense determination guidelines (McKinney Courier-Gazette)
So what makes a defendant in the criminal justice system indigent? Is it as simple as saying, "I'm broke?" Or to put it another way: Is the by-the-numbers poor person the only one entitled to indigent defense?

FORT DIX PLOT: Defense wants accusations of attacks on White House, Philly Airport suppressed (Daily Journal)
CAMDEN — Defense attorneys for the five men accused of plotting to kill soldiers at Fort Dix have outlined their objections to including the government's most recent accusations during the upcoming trial.

Criminal lawyers, Wayne Co. Prosecutor's Office to meet Friday about crime lab's shutdown (Detroit Free Press)
Detroit-area criminal defense lawyers will meet Friday with the Wayne County Prosecutor's office about the effect of the Detroit Police crime lab shutdown last week due to mishandled and faulty firearms evidence.

Simpson defense ends with surprise voice mail (The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson's defense rested its case Wednesday without calling the former football star Instead, the defense wrapped up with a voice mail from a key prosecution witness offering to tailor his testimony if he was paid enough.

Criminal proceedings suspended (The Reporter)
Criminal proceedings have been suspended pending psychiatric examination of a Fairfield man facing murder charges in connection with a 2006 stabbing. Solano County Superior Court Judge William C. Harrison on Wednesday ordered that two doctors be appointed to examine 22-year-old murder defendant Phillip Edward Madison, of Fairfield, to determine if he is mentally competent to understand the

Judge rules child molester's defense faulty (Sonoma Index-Tribune)
Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau has ruled that criminal defense attorney Chris Andrian provided former Sonoman Jonathan Johnson constitutionally inadequate representation during plea negotiations before trial in 2003.

Ohio defense lawyers push for open discovery (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
CINCINNATI (AP) - Defense attorneys in Ohio are making a new push to require prosecutors to turn over police reports and witness statements in criminal cases.

Judge declines to dismiss charges against Alaska senator (CNN)
A federal judge Thursday rejected a motion by defense attorneys asking him to either to declare a mistrial in the criminal case against Sen. Ted Stevens or dismiss the indictment against him.

Ohio criminal defense lawyers want open discovery (FOX 19 Cincinnati)
CINCINNATI (AP) - Defense attorneys are making a new push for Ohio to join a majority of states that require prosecutors to turn over police reports and witness statements in criminal cases.

Defense rests in O.J.'s armed robbery trial in Las Vegas (The Montana Standard)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson's defense rested its case Wednesday without calling the former football star to the stand. Instead, his lawyers wrapped up with a voice mail from a key prosecution witness offering to tailor his testimony if he was paid enough.

Criminal defense lawyers want open discovery (The Findlay Courier)
CINCINNATI (AP) — Defense attorneys are making a new push for Ohio to join a majority of states that require prosecutors to turn over police reports and witness statements in criminal cases — a policy the chief justice of Ohio's Supreme Court supports.

A new report for stricter indigent defense determination guidelines (McKinney Courier-Gazette)
So what makes a defendant in the criminal justice system indigent? Is it as simple as saying, "I'm broke?" Or to put it another way: Is the by-the-numbers poor person the only one entitled to indigent defense?

O.J.'s defense: He was stupid, but not criminal (Chicago Sun-Times)
LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson's lawyer told jurors Thursday that the former football star's effort to get items back from two sports memorabilia dealers was a mistake but not a crime, saying that ''being stupid, and being frustrated is not being a crook.''

O.J. DEFENSE: NOT GUILTY, JUST DUMB (New York Post)
LAS VEGAS - A prosecutor yesterday branded O.J. Simpson a reckless criminal leader, while The Juice's own lawyer called his client "stupid" - but not guilty. DA David Roger rejected claims that Simpson was only taking back stolen goods when...

Defense bid rejected for state senator (The Western Courier)
A federal judge rejected a vigorous defense bid Thursday for a mistrial in the corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens despite finding that prosecutors broke rules requiring them to turn over evidence favorable to the veteran Alaska lawmaker. After a roller-coaster day of discord, U.

Criminal defense lawyers in Ohio want open discovery (The Daily Jeffersonian)
Criminal defense lawyers in Ohio want open discovery CINCINNATI (AP) -- Defense attorneys are making a new push for Ohio to join a majority of states that require prosecutors to turn over police reports and witness statements in criminal cases -- a policy t

Fry plans intoxication defense in murder trial (The Gazette)
IOWA CITY and#8212; Curtis Fry's attorneys plan to rely on the defense of intoxication by drugs or alcohol during his upcoming second-degree murder trial.Fry's attorney, Peter Persaud of Iowa City, filed a notice Thursday in Johnson County District Court informing the court of the intention to use the defense.Also filed Thursday was a list of witnesses attorneys intend to call in the Wilton ...

Lawyer withdraws from six cases before Judges Bridget McCafferty, Stephen Terry (The Plain Dealer)
e-mailed imageCuyahoga County Judge Bridget McCafferty Previous story: Cases from Judges Stephen Terry, Bridget McCafferty courtrooms linked to corruption probe Defense lawyer Joseph O'Malley has withdrawn from a half-dozen criminal cases before two Cuyahoga County judges whose offices were searched...

A new report for stricter indigent defense determination guidelines (McKinney Courier-Gazette)
So what makes a defendant in the criminal justice system indigent? Is it as simple as saying, "I'm broke?" Or to put it another way: Is the by-the-numbers poor person the only one entitled to indigent defense?

Lawyer Joseph O'Malley pulls out of cases before Cuyahoga County Judges Bridget McCafferty, Steven Terry (The Plain Dealer)
Defense lawyer Joseph O'Malley has withdrawn from a half-dozen criminal cases before two Cuyahoga County judges whose offices were searched last week by agents investigating public corruption.

Defense says O.J. was ‘stupid' but not criminal (Mohave Valley Daily News)
LAS VEGAS (AP) - O.J. Simpson's lawyer told jurors Thursday that the former football star's effort to get items back from two sports memorabilia dealers was a mistake but not a crime, saying that ‘‘being stupid, and being frustrated is not being a crook.''

Public defense lawyer to face another charge (The Record Searchlight)
A public criminal defense attorney accused of public intoxication and resisting or obstructing a police officer in connection with an alleged drunken disturbance at a Redding nightclub in April is facing a new misdemeanor charge.

Dream teamer: 'Enough O.J.' (Boston Herald)
A key member of O.J. Simpson's "Dream Team" of criminal defense lawyers said yesterday that he's through discussing the Heisman Trophy winner and former...

County police chiefs oppose change in court rule (Lisbon Morning Journal)
LISBON - Police chiefs across the county are speaking out against the proposed changes to Ohio Criminal Rule 16 that would require prosecutors to turn over witness statements and police reports to criminal defense attorneys.

A new report for stricter indigent defense determination guidelines (McKinney Courier-Gazette)
So what makes a defendant in the criminal justice system indigent? Is it as simple as saying, "I'm broke?" Or to put it another way: Is the by-the-numbers poor person the only one entitled to indigent defense?

Legal Expert: What's Next for O.J. Simpson? (People Magazine)
A criminal defense attorney reviews O.J.'s legal options – and if he'll do hard time

Panthers' rush defense shuts Johnson down (The Rock Hill Herald)
CHARLOTTE -- The goal is to keep the opponent from finishing with a 100-yard rusher. Maybe the Carolina Panthers should take credit for 50 wins.

A new report for stricter indigent defense determination guidelines (McKinney Courier-Gazette)
So what makes a defendant in the criminal justice system indigent? Is it as simple as saying, "I'm broke?" Or to put it another way: Is the by-the-numbers poor person the only one entitled to indigent defense?

Miller, Murtha & Psoras Secures Multimillion-Dollar Settlement for Victim of Industrial Accident at Bethlehem Steel (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Lutherville-based civil litigation and criminal defense firm resolves dispute with Keibler-Thompson Co. after jury awarded $3.2 million to plaintiff earlier this year

DOD creates database that exposes fraudsters (BizJournals)
Congress ordered the Department of Defense to create a database listing any criminal convictions or findings of civil liability against businesses or persons that receive more than $500,000 in defense contracts.

Miller, Murtha & Psoras Secures Multimillion-Dollar Settlement for Victim of Industrial Accident at Bethlehem Steel (PRWeb)
Lutherville-based civil litigation and criminal defense firm resolves dispute with Keibler-Thompson Co. after jury awarded $3.2 million to plaintiff earlier this year (PRWeb Oct 6, 2008) Read the full story at (link) prweb1423784.htm




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