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Criminal Defense News 11/2008



Bradley agrees to courthouse ban (Herald & Review)
DECATUR - Decatur attorney Mark Bradley agreed Friday to a court order banning him from entering the Macon County Courts Facility, a decision that could lead to his services as defense attorney being terminated for clients accused of criminal acts from murder and manslaughter to home invasion and burglary.

Martinez judge limits questions (The Fayetteville Observer)
The judge in the court-martial of Sgt. Alberto Martinez, citing a concern about possibly frustrating witnesses and misleading jurors, is limiting defense questions about the criminal investigation.

Anoka County judgeship pits defense lawyer, 6-year incumbent in 10th District rematch (Pioneer Press)
Part-time public defender Luke Stellpflug is challenging Anoka County Judge Nancy Logering for her spot on the bench in the 10th Judicial District — again.

Designer's lawyer: Girls, women lied in rape cases (CNN)
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A defense attorney for fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander told jurors Friday in closing arguments that his client should be acquitted of rape charges because his accusers are lying and seeking revenge.

Prosecutors focus on Swiss bank accounts (UPI)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Criminal tax lawyers say a growing number of U.S. clients with secret Swiss bank accounts want to come clean with the IRS to avoid prosecution.

Prosecutors focus on Swiss bank accounts (Moldova.org)
Criminal tax lawyers say a growing number of U.S. clients with secret Swiss bank accounts want to come clean with the IRS to avoid prosecution.They're coming in from the cold. They're nervous, said Edward M. Robbins Jr., a criminal defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor in Beverly Hills, Calif.The U.S. government plans to prosecute Americans for evading taxes on income generated through ...

Douglas County mulling switch to nonprofit public defense (The Wenatchee World)
EAST WENATCHEE - In the midst of a statewide overhaul of indigent criminal defense, Douglas County and at least two other counties in Washington are looking at switching to nonprofit public defender offices next year.

IRS, Justice Target Undisclosed Assets In Swiss Accounts (Washington Post)
At the Beverly Hills office of criminal defense lawyer Edward M. Robbins Jr., anxious new clients are showing up with an unexpected problem.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Riddell, defense propel Wolves to 34-10 victory (Portland Tribune)
Western Oregon flew to a 27-3 in the first half and went on to beat Humboldt State 34-10 Saturday at Monmouth’s McArthur Field. The only discouraging news of the day came at halftime, though, when the Wolves learned that Western Washington had defeated Dixie State 20-14 at St. George, Utah, ...

Bradley agrees to courthouse ban (Herald & Review)
DECATUR - Decatur attorney Mark Bradley agreed Friday to a court order banning him from entering the Macon County Courts Facility, a decision that could lead to his services as defense attorney being terminated for clients accused of criminal acts from murder and manslaughter to home invasion and burglary.

Hannibal native key member of Stevens' defense team (Quincy Herald-Whig)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The conviction last week of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens on seven felony counts attracted some unfavorable national attention for the Senate's longest-serving Republican.

Judge hopefuls tout experience in Mid-Columbia race (Tri-City Herald)
The race to replace longtime Superior Court Judge Dennis Yule pits a criminal defense attorney against a civil lawyer.

French, Spanish Defense Ministers Launch Anti-piracy Plan (Nasdaq)
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (AFP)--The defense ministers of France and Spain Sunday launched a European Union military operation to combat piracy off the Somali coast.

Alleged Ponzi scheme trial set to start (Orange County Register)
Prosecutors say a San Juan Capistrano man bilked investors of millions. The defense contends he acted in good faith.

Gov. Gibbons cleared in eTreppid probe (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
WASHINGTON —The Department of Justice has cleared Gov. Jim Gibbons and closed its investigation of allegations that the former congressman took unreported gifts from a friend in exchange for millions of dollars in federal contracts, the governor’s defense attorney said.

SLC minority lawyer honored for street smarts and legal ability (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Criminal defense attorney Clayton Simms lays out the basics for his clients on the back of his business card: "Don't trust or believe the police.

Bradley agrees to courthouse ban (Herald & Review)
DECATUR - Decatur attorney Mark Bradley agreed Friday to a court order banning him from entering the Macon County Courts Facility, a decision that could lead to his services as defense attorney being terminated for clients accused of criminal acts from murder and manslaughter to home invasion and burglary.

Nevada Governor Faces No Charges as Inquiry Ends (Washington Post)
Federal prosecutors have closed an 18-month investigation into ties between Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons (R) and a defense contractor without bringing criminal charges, according to lawyers involved in the case.

Federal probe clears Gibbons (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice has cleared Gov. Jim Gibbons and closed its investigation of allegations that the former congressman took unreported gifts from a friend in exchange for millions of dollars in federal contracts, the governor's defense attorney said.

Labor sheriff faces extortion raps (Philstar.com)
The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of criminal charges against a sheriff of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) who was caught in the act of accepting P15,000 in exchange for postponing the implementation of a writ of execution in a labor case.

Child molester returns to prison (Niles Daily Star)
CASSOPOLIS - It's the second time a 69-year-old Marcellus man will go behind prison bars. Friday in Cass County Circuit Court, Jerome Wilkins of 54303 Cranberry Road, Marcellus, was sent to prison for second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a young family member.

Cooper attorneys want custody order sealed (WRAL.com Raleigh)
Attorneys for Brad Cooper say that making the details of the order public would prejudice potential jurors in the criminal case and "irreparably harm" both his criminal defense and his permanent custody hearing.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Prepared to Vote Campaign Now Focuses on Election Day Voter Empowerment (PR Newswire via Yahoo! News)
To ensure that all eligible voters are able to cast a ballot and have it counted on Election Day, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's "Prepared to Vote" Campaign has selectively focused its efforts where, informed by the Campaign's extensive pre-Election Day advocacy, racial minority voters are likely to encounter problems at the polls on November 4. Working closely with legal and grassroots ...

Gibbons faces no FBI charges (Nevada Appeal)
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors have closed an 18-month investigation into ties between Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons and a defense contractor without bringing criminal charges, according to lawyers involved in the case.

ACORN Lawyer Says Nuts to Criminal Charges Against Organization (Law.com)
Brian Mellor, senior counsel for Project Vote, is working with lawyers around the country to fend off criminal charges against ACORN over its voter registration efforts. Its employees have come under criminal investigation in at least eight states, ACORN has been sued in two states, and there's reportedly an FBI investigation. "The story out there is flat-out not true," Mellor says about the ...

Alleged kidnapper of Maine 5th-graders arraigned (The Charlotte Observer)
(The Associated Press) A man accused of holding 11 fifth-graders hostage at gunpoint while he was a fugitive was charged with more crimes Monday, including kidnapping. Randall Hofland was returned to the Waldo County Jail on bail totaling $1.1 million in real estate or $300,000 cash after the judge granted a defense request that he undergo a psychological evaluation. Hofland, 55, was arrested ...

Vela takes stand in his own defense (The Brownsville Herald)
EDINBURG - Former Alton police Chief Jose Luis Vela denied sexually assaulting any of his ex-employees as he testified in his own defense Monday. But in his nearly two hours on the stand, the city's ex- top cop admitted to making a number of questionable decisions and described a department with hazy lines between its officers' personal and professional lives.

Gibbons faces no FBI charges (Nevada Appeal)
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors have closed an 18-month investigation into ties between Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons and a defense contractor without bringing criminal charges, according to lawyers involved in the case.

Guilty plea in toddlers' freezing deaths (UPI)
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A Canadian Indian in Saskatchewan pleaded guilty to criminal negligence for the freezing deaths of his two baby daughters earlier this year.

Defense denied records in murder case (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
VALPARAISO | Defense attorney Matt Soliday was unsuccessful Monday in convincing a judge to release mental health records of a man charged along with his client of murdering a woman in 2005.

Gibbons decries 'pattern' of lies (Reno Gazette-Journal)
A day after Gov. Jim Gibbons' lawyer said the U.S. Justice Department had closed a long-pending criminal investigation into his dealings with a Nevada defense contractor, Gibbons castigated his detractors for spreading false allegations.

Rockefeller beefs up legal defense team (Boston Globe)
The man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller has beefed up his legal defense team by hiring a high-profile Boston criminal law firm.

Rockefeller beefs up legal defense team (Boston Globe)
The man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller has beefed up his legal defense team by hiring a high-profile Boston criminal law firm.

Murray ahead in early voting for Kanawha prosecutor (The Charleston Gazette)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former Kanawha Circuit Court administrator and longtime criminal defense attorney Bill Murray was up by 10 points going into Tuesday's election over assistant prosecutor Mark Plants in the race for Kanawha County prosecutor.

Plants turning tables in Kanawha prosecutors race (The Charleston Gazette)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Assistant prosecutor Mark Plants made an 11th hour comeback tonight, edging past former Kanawha Circuit Court administrator and longtime criminal defense attorney Bill Murray in the race for Kanawha County prosecutor.Murray, a Democrat...

Litty on way to fifth term as Treasure Coast public defender (The Palm Beach Post)
Incumbent Public Defender Diamond Litty appeared to have a solid lead over challenger Don Chinquina for another term as the top criminal defense attorney for the circuit that covers Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.

Plants turning tables in Kanawha prosecutor's race (The Charleston Gazette)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Assistant prosecutor Mark Plants made an 11th hour comeback tonight, edging past former Kanawha Circuit Court administrator and longtime criminal defense attorney Bill Murray in the race for Kanawha County prosecutor.

Alabama DUI Defense Attorney Secures Exclusive Advertising Rights to Alabama Through DUI.com (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Kreps Law Firm, LLC, an Alabama DUI Defense law firm, recognizes the emerging field of internet advertising and signs up with DUI.com securing the exclusive rights to advertise throughout Alabama.

Alabama DUI Defense Attorney Secures Exclusive Advertising Rights to Alabama Through DUI.com (PRWeb)
Kreps Law Firm, LLC, an Alabama DUI Defense law firm, recognizes the emerging field of internet advertising and signs up with DUI.com securing the exclusive rights to advertise throughout Alabama. (PRWeb Nov 5, 2008) Read the full story at (link) prweb1566774.htm

Colodny, Bober win judgeships in Dade, Broward (Miami Herald)
In Miami-Dade County, Yvonne Colodny, an assistant public defender on leave of absence, bested Stephen T. Millan, a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, to win the judgeship.

Plants pulls out win for Kanawha prosecutor (The Charleston Gazette)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Assistant prosecutor Mark Plants made an 11th-hour comeback on Tuesday, edging past former Kanawha Circuit Court administrator and longtime criminal defense attorney Bill Murray in the race for Kanawha County prosecuting attorney.

Asbury defeats Czuprynski in prosecutor race (The Bay City Times)
Democrat Kurt C. Asbury will stay at the helm of the Bay County Prosecutor's Office for four more years after beating his independent rival 31,918-17,997 on Tuesday. Edward M. Czuprynski, a Bay City criminal defense attorney, ran a campaign that called for a sweeping reform of Bay County's criminal justice system, but voters chose to stay the course with Asbury, who was appointed to the ...

Former analyst convicted of insider trading is missing, U.S. agency says (International Herald Tribune)
David Pajcin, who cooperated with the federal government in the criminal prosecution of a $6.7 million insider-trading ring, has violated his parole, a lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission said.

Defense Team: Caylee Could’ve Been Poisoned By Chloroform (WFTV 9 Orlando)
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Publicly Casey Anthony’s defense team has always insisted that Caylee Anthony is alive. They did it as late as Wednesday. “We all believe she’s alive,” said Jose Baez during a hearing at the Orange County Courthouse on Wednesday.

Jury: Shooting Was Self-Defense (The Lakeland Ledger)
BARTOW | A jury agreed that a 26-year-old Winter Haven man was acting in self-defense when he shot a man in his mother's yard, but that he shouldn't have ruined the man's Christmas decorations.The Dec. 6, 2007, shooting on Country Walk Lane drew national media attention.

Plants pulls out win for Kanawha prosecutor (The Charleston Gazette)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Assistant prosecutor Mark Plants made an 11th-hour comeback on Tuesday, edging past former Kanawha Circuit Court administrator and longtime criminal defense attorney Bill Murray in the race for Kanawha County prosecuting attorney.

Decatur defense attorney Bradley removed from more than 30 cases, banned from courts facility (Herald & Review)
DECATUR - Decatur attorney Mark Bradley was removed Wednesday as the defense counsel in more than 30 criminal cases by Associate Judge Timothy Steadman, who granted a state motion seeking to disqualify Bradley in each case.

June shooting in Rochester is murder, not self-defense, jury says (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Jurors have rejected the self-defense claim of a Rochester man who fatally shot another man after being stabbed.

Defense: If Caylee's Dead It Was "Almost Certainly" An Accident (WFTV 9 Orlando)
Eyewitness News has learned that Casey's defense team sent 30 pages of documents to prosecutors. VIDEO REPORT: Caylee May Have Been Poisoned PRE-TRIAL HEARING: Raw Video | Baez Interview

Defense chips away at witness' credibility (Burlington County Times)
The key witness in the Fort Dix terrorism trial told the jury that he lived "every minute and every second of this case and knows everything about it in my head."




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