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Criminal Defense News 01/2009



Criminal Defense Attorney Caught Buying Heroin (Santa Barbara Independent)
Alan Karow, 48, arrested in Carpinteria on December 22.

Here's a detailed look at Utah's 40 homicide cases (Deseret Morning News)
The Bureau of Criminal Identification defines homicide as the willful, non-negligent killing of one human being by another. The state only counts first-degree felony homicides and manslaughter in its statistics and does not tally homicides on federal land. In order to stay consistent with figures compiled from years past, neither BCI nor the News included automobile homicide, officer-involved ...

Death row adds just one in ’08 (Greensboro News & Record)
North Carolina finished 2008 with just one defendant sentenced to death, a record low since the penalty was reinstated 31 years ago. The single capital murder conviction continued a downward trend fueled by better criminal defense lawyers and new laws that exclude the mentally challenged and make prosecution evidence more accessible. read more

Lawyer in Alamo case: Bible no defense for abuse (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Jailed evangelist Tony Alamo's right to religious freedom doesn't allow him to beat children, a lawyer suing the preacher over alleged abuse says.

Crack sentencing guidelines bring hurdles (MSNBC)
Around the country, crack offenders and their defense attorneys are sparring with federal prosecutors over how to interpret new sentencing guidelines for crack possession or sale.

Carlisle police charging gunshot victim’s stepbrother (The Sentinel)
The stepbrother of a man who was shot and paralyzed Monday during what police are calling a botched armed robbery faces criminal charges, Carlisle Mayor Kirk Wilson said today.

Carlisle Police charging gunshot victim’s stepbrother (The Sentinel)
The stepbrother of a man who was shot and paralyzed Monday during what police are calling a botched armed robbery faces criminal charges, Carlisle Mayor Kirk Wilson said Wednesday.

Shooting trial to stay in adult court (Columbus Telegram)
Platte County Judge Robert Steinke denied Tuesday a defense motion to transfer a Columbus teens drive-by shooting case ...

Chicago police union faces suit over Burge defense (KWQC-TV 6 Davenport)
CHICAGO (AP) - A lawsuit has been filed in federal court demanding that Chicago's police union stop paying legal fees for former Cmdr. Jon Burge. Burge is accused of lying under oath about torturing black suspects into confession.

Sacramento judge slams lawyer for 'incompetence' (The Sacramento Bee)
Harlan Antler, left, was accused of 'flat out incompetence' in his legal defense. A Sacramento judge ripped a local lawyer for "flat out incompetence" in a recent gang trial and suggested that the attorney return his client's $85,000 fee before the State Bar comes down on him. Superior Court Judge Matthew J. Gary leveled the blast at attorney Harlan Antler during a Dec. 19 hearing in ...

Ohio justices deny priest's appeal (The Columbus Dispatch)
Despite defense contentions that Catholic priest Gerald Robinson of Toledo did not receive a fair trial because too much time had passed when he was convicted in 2006 of the 1980 murder of a nun, the Ohio Supreme Court will not consider his appeal.

2009 is Starting Off with a Shameful and Criminal Bang (Baltimore Chronicle & Sentinel)
The deafening silence from American government officials and from the US media regarding the criminal Israeli assault against civilians in Israel’s ghetto of Gaza, where nearly 1.5 million Palestinians are trapped every bit as brutally as were the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto, is beyond unconscionable.

Chicago police union faces suit over Burge defense (ABC 7 Chicago)
A lawsuit has been filed in federal court demanding that Chicago's police union stop paying legal fees for former Cmdr. Jon Burge.

Leonard Taylor to undergo treatment before stalking trial proceeds (Wisconsin State Journal)
A former Wisconsin Badgers football player who allegedly threatened the life of Athletic Director Barry Alvarez will be treated at a state hospital after a psychiatrist found he is not competent -- for now -- to face criminal proceedings against him.Leonard Taylor, 32, of Indianapolis, who was a star defensive back for the Badgers from 1995 to 1998, will be treated with psychiatric medications ...

University of Ark. to start immigration clinic (New York Daily News)
Being an illegal immigrant doesn't make someone a criminal that's a distinction the director of the University of Arkansas' new immigration law clinic hopes to hammer home to the state's residents.

Carlisle Police charging gunshot victim’s stepbrother (The Sentinel)
The stepbrother of a man who was shot and paralyzed Monday during what police are calling a botched armed robbery faces criminal charges, Carlisle Mayor Kirk Wilson said Wednesday.

Police Incident Report: Dec. 17 to 23 (The Sound)
The Sound publishes a Police Incident Report to inform residents of incidents, criminal activities, and police responses occurring in Branford and North Branford. As those charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty, the report does not include names. It may be edited for length and content. (SH) Branford Wednesday, Dec. 17 • A 21-year-old New Haven man was arrested at 3:15 a.m. and ...

Five Attorney Litigation Group Joins Sheppard Mullin Los Angeles (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
Bryan D. Daly, Charles L. Kreindler and Peter Morris have joined the Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as partners in the firm's Business Trial and Government Contracts practice groups, specializing in white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. The four partners will be joined by special counsel Barbara E.

Kuehne Case 'Hanging On by a Thread' (Law.com)
The prosecution of Miami attorney Benedict P. Kuehne hasn't gone well for the government. In fact, some call it a disaster. Prosecutors charge that Kuehne funneled $5.2 million in drug proceeds to trafficker Fabio Ochoa's defense team, but David Markus, a representative of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, says the remaining counts are "hanging on by a thread." Markus says ...

March trial date set in child-neglect case (The Scranton Times-Tribune)
A couple facing criminal charges in what prosecutors called one of the worst neglect cases they’ve seen in recent years will be heading to trial as early as March.

Lawyers question Champaign judge's handling of DUI cases (The Champaign News-Gazette)
URBANA – A Champaign County judge's rejection of court supervision for two men who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence for the first time comes as no surprise to their attorneys. Nonetheless, a written ruling issued Wednesday by Judge Chase Leonhard has the local defense bar talking, and not necessarily in the most charitable terms, about his interpretation of the law.

Family of soldier charged with murder ‘shocked’ (National Post)
The only sibling of Capt. Robert Semrau says he’s distraught over the murder charge now hanging over his brother, but his family is pulling together in a circle of silence, reluctant to interfere in an unprecedented criminal investigation for Canada’s military in Afghanistan

Miell pleads guilty to 20 counts (The Gazette)
UPDATE: Landlord Bob Miell pleaded guilty Saturday to 20 criminal counts in federal court, just three days before his trial was scheduled to begin.

Hofstra professor helps Japanese with jury trials (Newsday)
When Japan introduces jury-like panels to its criminal justice system this year, a Hofstra University law professor who helped train Japanese lawyers for the switch will be watching to see how they fare.

Year in review: Jail escape among most notable of crimes (Clovis News Journal)
An initially quiet year was fraught with high profile criminal cases in the last quarter. Law enforcement scrambled to recapture eight escaped inmates and the prior year’s homicide rate doubled in the space of weeks.

Dark side of anthrax suspect revealed (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
FREDERICK, MD. - Inside the Army laboratory at Fort Detrick, the government's brain for biological defense, Bruce Edwards Ivins paused to memorialize his moment in the spotlight as the anthrax panic of 2001 reached its peak.

Oakland County news briefs (Detroit Free Press)
Former Oakland County prosecutor David Gorcyca has joined a Royal Oak law firm, where he will handle civil and criminal defense work. Gorcyca, 46, is joining the firm of Flood, Lanctot & Cotter, a 6-year-old firm that specializes in criminal and civil law with a small practice in family law, according to firm partner Todd Flood. Gorcyca's first day will be Monday.

Courts utilizing newest gadgets (Mobile Press-Register)
Mobile jurors sitting in on civil and criminal circuit court cases in recent months have witnessed the beginning of a new era in legal advocacy....

Self Defense Depot Helps Public Combat Recent Rise in Violent Crimes (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Self Defense Preparedness: The Key To Avoiding Violent Crime. Economic Downturn Triggers Rise In Crimes and Demand for Self Defense.

Volunteers are unsung heroes (The Shreveport Times)
David Nelson and Charles Bibbins will spend much of the new year in Orleans Parish Criminal Court, listening to allegations of murder and drug dealing as if that is their job.

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N.J. high court looks at witness intimidation (Courier-Post)
TRENTON - New Jersey's State Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday on a case that deals with how the state can deal with witness intimidation in criminal cases.

N.J. high court hearing case on witness intimidation (Asbury Park Press)
New Jersey's State Supreme Court is hearing arguments today on a case involving how the state can deal with witness intimidation in criminal cases.

Valley man accused of murdering toddler to appear in court today (The Desert Sun)
A Desert Hot Springs man accused of killing a toddler in his care has a history of criminal abuse, according to court records.

State Supreme Court hearing case on witness intimidation (Daily Record)
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) --New Jersey's State Supreme Court is hearing arguments today on a case that deals with how the state can deal with witness intimidation in criminal cases.

Woman can't use religious defense in monkey-meat case (Freedom Forum Online)
NEW YORK — A Liberian woman accused of smuggling endangered monkey meat from Africa to New York has failed to persuade a judge that she shouldn't be prosecuted because she needed the butchered carcasses for religious reasons.

Toddler dead; suspect has criminal past (KABC-TV Los Angeles)
A Desert Hot Springs man accused of killing a toddler in his care has a history of criminal abuse.

Accused robber has long criminal record (Boston Globe)
By Brian R. Ballou, Globe Staff A man a prosecutor said "terrorized" the Back Bay and South End with a string of holdups has a criminal record dating to 1986 that includes 16 robbery convictions, a judge said today in...

Prominent DUI Attorney Speaks on Behalf of Basketball Legend Charles Barkley (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Scott Maasen, considered one of the country's leading criminal defense attorneys specializing in DUI cases, and whose firm, the Maasen Law Firm, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is representing basketball legend Charles Barkley, issued a statement today with regard to Barkley's arrest early Wednesday, December 31, 2008, on drunk driving charges.

Major pleads guilty in bribery scheme - Army News, opinions, editorials, news from Iraq, photos, reports - Army Times (Army Times)
Army Reserve Maj. Theresa Jeanne Baker has pleaded guilty in federal court for her role in two bribery schemes involving Defense Department contracts at Camp Victory, Iraq, the Justice Department announced Dec. 22.

NJ high court hearing case on witness intimidation (Daily Record)
New Jersey's highest court is grappling with one of the thorniest issues facing criminal justice today: what to do in cases where witnesses to a crime have been threatened or intimidated by defendants to the point where they refuse to testify in court.

Sandra Diaz: Canoeing Into Tennessee Coal Sludge (Video) (HuffingtonPost)
The irony of a TVA cop giving us citations for criminal trespassing, even though we were in U.S. Waters, while islands of toxic coal ash were sitting behind him, did not escape me.

Chapman defense firms battle over fees (The Daily Record)
Featuring competing charges of dishonesty and character assassination, trial began Monday afternoon in the fee dispute between the lead defense firm for now-imprisoned investment manager Nathan A. Chapman Jr. and a Baltimore firm that claims it is owed $200,000 for serving as co-counsel behind-the-scenes co-counsel.

Bob Barr: Repeal Defense of Marriage Act (WorldNet Daily)
Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia, author of the Defense of Marriage Act signed into law by President Clinton, now says the statute overreaches the federal government's constitutional power and needs to be repealed.

Local defense attorneys critical of decision to suspend payments for defending indigent clients (The Rock Hill Herald)
York County defense attorneys are reacting angrily to the prospect of not getting paid to represent indigent clients.

BARKLEY HIRES A LAWYER FOR DUI CASE: Attorney is a well-known for aggressively defending clients for drunken driving. (Eurweb)
*TMZ.com is reporting that Charles Barkley hired a criminal defense attorney who specializes in drunken driving cases to handle his recent suspicion of DUI matter in Arizona.

NJ high court hearing case on witness intimidation (AP via Yahoo! News)
New Jersey's highest court is grappling with one of the thorniest issues facing criminal justice today: what to do in cases where witnesses to a crime have been threatened or intimidated by defendants to the point where they refuse to testify in court.

Man claims self-defense in Cortland death (The Ithaca Journal)
Patrick J. West claimed he was acting in self-defense when he struck James E. Adams in the face on New Year's day, according to court records.

Police: Pepperell man charged with stabbing has criminal past (Lowell Sun)
LOWELL -- Hiding his face from his alleged victim, a 46-year-old Pepperell man was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail after he allegedly offered a woman a ride New Year's Eve and then stabbed her three times in his truck.

Burris had limited contact with Blagojevich about Senate appointment (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Weeks after Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested and charged with allegedly trying to auction off a U.S. Senate seat, he dispatched one of his criminal defense attorneys to contact Roland Burris about accepting the appointment to that seat, Burris says in an affidavit.




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