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Criminal Defense News 05/2009



Lawyer claims self defense in Mt. Vernon shooting (The Journal News)
MOUNT VERNON - The attorney for a city man arrested this week after another man was shot inside a nightclub said yesterday it was a case of self-defense.

Defense attorneys claim partial victory (Deseret Morning News)
Defense attorneys for a man charged with kidnapping two children say they won a victory during a motion hearing this week...

Withdrawing Quietly From Criminal Defense May Be Tough, but Necessary (Law.com)
What are the rules of the road when a lawyer resigns, or is forced to withdraw, from representing a client in a criminal case? The best method may be to do it quietly, says attorney Joel Cohen, who practices white-collar criminal defense law and also teaches professional responsibility classes. Still, it may be very painful to button up when you're no longer in the case and the client directly ...

Bloomington Defense attorney may need counsel of his own (Bloomington Sun-Current)
A member of a Bloomington law firm specializing in criminal defense cases may soon need counsel of his own. Three partners who helped Thomas Allen Rothstein found the Halberg Criminal Defense law firm in 2005 now say he stole more than $124,000 from the firm.

Los Angeles' Premier Criminal Defense Attorney, Robert M. Bernstein, Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's Ruling ... (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Breaking Criminal Law News - The United States Supreme Court rules that police may not search a person's vehicle without a warrant

W.R. Grace Defendant Urges Judge Not to Send Case to Jurors (Bloomberg)
May 1 (Bloomberg) -- A defense lawyer in the criminal trial of W.R. Grace & Co. and three former executives urged a federal judge not to send the case to the Montana jury that has been hearing evidence for 2 1/2 months.

UBS Says Indicted Banker Leaves to Focus on Defense (Update1) (Bloomberg)
May 1 (Bloomberg) -- UBS AG said wealth management chief Raoul Weil left to focus on his legal defense after a U.S. grand jury indicted him on a charge of conspiring to help 20,000 wealthy Americans hide assets from the Internal Revenue Service.

UBS Says Indicted Banker Leaves to Focus on Defense (Update1) (Bloomberg)
May 1 (Bloomberg) -- UBS AG said wealth management chief Raoul Weil left to focus on his legal defense after a U.S. grand jury indicted him on a charge of conspiring to help 20,000 wealthy Americans hide assets from the Internal Revenue Service.

Polygamist leader seeks taxpayer funds for defense (Deseret Morning News)
Polygamist leader Winston Blackmore is asking for government funding to pay for his criminal defense.

No decision on Blago campaign cash use (Chicago Tribune)
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's ability to use more than $2 million in his campaign fund to pay for his criminal defense remains an open question after lawyers for him and his brother appeared today in federal court. U.S. District Judge James Zagel said he believes federal law "creates significant barriers" against using the fund, but he said he is willing to allow the defense lawyers to make ...

Lawyers' groups agree on rules for sharing evidence in criminal cases (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
After decades of passionate debate, prosecutors and defense lawyers throughout the state have joined forces in crafting a proposal for sharing evidence in criminal trials. The Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers announced Friday...

Ohio prosecutors, defense lawyers to draft proposal to share evidence in criminal trials (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
CLEVELAND -- After decades of passionate debate, prosecutors and defense lawyers throughout the state have joined forces in crafting a proposal for sharing evidence in criminal trials. The Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers...

Defense claims public skeptical of court (Concord Monitor)
News stories and online reader comments aren't alone in making it impossible for convicted sex offender William Ploof to get a fair trial under the state's new sex offender law, his defense attorneys told a judge yesterday.

Attorney: Accused murderer acted in self-defense (The Barre Montpelier Times Argus)
The defense attorney for accused murderer Trevor P. Herrick said Friday that his client acted in self-defense when he stabbed 52-year-old Kerry Munger in the Diamond Run Mall parking lot last week. ... - By BRENT CURTIS rutland herald

Bloomington Defense attorney may need counsel of his own (Bloomington Sun-Current)
A member of a Bloomington law firm specializing in criminal defense cases may soon need counsel of his own. Three partners who helped Thomas Allen Rothstein found the Halberg Criminal Defense law firm in 2005 now say he stole more than $124,000 from the firm.

Wood's attorney to use recent Supreme Court decision in defense (The Chippewa Herald)
PORTAGE — While state Rep. Jeffrey Wood officially stood mute Thursday to drunken driving and marijuana charges in Portage, his attorney said a new U.S. Supreme Court decision will play a role in his defense.

Defense dominates in Beavers' spring game (Portland Tribune)
CORVALLIS – Quarterbacks Sean Canfield and Peter Lalich combined for 396 yards and three touchdowns passing, but the defense dominated the action in Oregon State’s spring football game Saturday at Reser Stadium. A crowd of 5,086 looked on as Oregon State’s defense had five ...

Wood's attorney to use recent Supreme Court decision in defense (The Chippewa Herald)
PORTAGE — While state Rep. Jeffrey Wood officially stood mute Thursday to drunken driving and marijuana charges in Portage, his attorney said a new U.S. Supreme Court decision will play a role in his defense.

Bloomington Defense attorney may need counsel of his own (Bloomington Sun-Current)
A member of a Bloomington law firm specializing in criminal defense cases may soon need counsel of his own. Three partners who helped Thomas Allen Rothstein found the Halberg Criminal Defense law firm in 2005 now say he stole more than $124,000 from the firm.

Detainee Compromises Likely (Washington Post)
Nearly six years ago, President George W. Bush declared Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri an enemy combatant and had him swept out of federal court and into a U.S. Navy brig so he could be interrogated without the legal protections afforded by the criminal justice system. Bush said the Qatari national, a...

Polygamist seeks taxpayer $$ for defense (Deseret Morning News)
Polygamist leader Winston Blackmore is asking for government funding to pay for his criminal defense.

Bloomington Defense attorney may need counsel of his own (Bloomington Sun-Current)
A member of a Bloomington law firm specializing in criminal defense cases may soon need counsel of his own. Three partners who helped Thomas Allen Rothstein found the Halberg Criminal Defense law firm in 2005 now say he stole more than $124,000 from the firm.

Defense: Teen Insane When Classmate Stabbed (WCVB Boston)
Defense lawyers say a teenage boy was insane when he walked up to a 15-year-old student he never met and slashed his throat with a 13-inch carving knife.

Casey Anthony defense team wants trial moved to South Florida (Sun-Sentinel)
Casey Anthony 's defense attorney wants her trial moved to Miami-Dade County, according to a change of venue motion filed Monday afternoon. Kissimmee lawyer Jose Baez stated if Anthony 's case remains in Orange County, her right to a fair trial and impartial jury "will undoubtedly be violated."

KBR contract accounts for many fraud cases (Air Force Times)
Pentagon auditors have referred to criminal investigators 32 cases of suspected contract fraud occurring in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait since 2003, a senior Defense contract official said Monday. And the “vast majority” of those cases involve the Army’s multibillion-dollar logistics contract — known as LOGCAP — with KBR.

KBR contract accounts for many fraud cases - Navy News, news from Iraq - Navy Times (Navy Times)
Pentagon auditors have referred to criminal investigators 32 cases of suspected contract fraud occurring in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait since 2003, a senior Defense contract official said Monday.

N.J. lawyer pleads guilty to helping run N.Y. prostitution ring (The Star-Ledger)
A former federal prosecutor who became one of New Jersey's brashest and best-known criminal defense lawyers pleaded guilty today to helping run an exclusive Manhattan call-girl ring. Paul Bergrin, 53, of Marlboro Township, admitted in New York State Supreme Court...

Sri Lanka: Action Needed To Crush Criminal Gangs (Scoop.co.nz)
Satheeskumar Thinuska, who was abducted, was found dead last weekend in Batticaloa. The little girl, according to the police, was a victim of a suspected ransom bid by unidentified persons. According to reports the abductors had demanded Rs. 3 million from the victim's family.

Bloomington Defense attorney may need counsel of his own (Bloomington Sun-Current)
A member of a Bloomington law firm specializing in criminal defense cases may soon need counsel of his own. Three partners who helped Thomas Allen Rothstein found the Halberg Criminal Defense law firm in 2005 now say he stole more than $124,000 from the firm.

Attorneys modify rule for sharing trial documents (The Columbus Dispatch)
Police summaries and witness statements that make up the crux of most criminal trials will flow more freely to the defense table if a tentative agreement by attorneys is approved by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Defense questions reliability of police informant (North Platte Telegraph)
The North Platte Telegraph A 28-year-old North Platte man faces several years behind bars stemming from a Nov. 20 arrest where police raided the home of Edmond Hatch, III, and found over five ounces of marijuana.

Mother Takes Stand In Own Defense (WKYT Lexington)
The trial of a couple accused of causing the death of an infant wrapped up Tuesday morning.

Career criminal heading back to federal prison (The Tampa Tribune)
A man with a 34-year criminal record was sentenced today to four years and three months in federal prison on a weapons charge.

Local defense attorney, musician arrested on felony charge (The Observer-Dispatch)
Local defense attorney and musician Devin Garramone has been charged with using his cell phone to send sexual images to a 16-year-old child earlier this spring, according to investigators with the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center. Read archived stories about Devin Garramone.    

GRACE CASE FINAL DAY (KECI Missoula)
The largest environmental criminal case in history will go to the jury tomorrow. The defense rested its case today, and prosecutors chose not to call any rebuttal witnesses. Tomorrow attorneys will present their closing arguments.

Loudoun Co. Women Go on the Defense (FOX 5 Washington D.C.)
Fear and crime has motivated nearly 100 women in Northern Virginia to take action. Nearly 75 signed up for a free self defense class offered by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.  It follows the vicious attack on a Lansdowne couple out on a morning stroll. The deadly attack is a reminder no matter where you are danger could be lurking.

Bloomington Defense attorney may need counsel of his own (Bloomington Sun-Current)
A member of a Bloomington law firm specializing in criminal defense cases may soon need counsel of his own. Three partners who helped Thomas Allen Rothstein found the Halberg Criminal Defense law firm in 2005 now say he stole more than $124,000 from the firm.

PEOPLE: Baxter speaks at seminar (Courier-Post)
Local DUI and criminal law defense attorney Christopher Baxter of Baxter & Kourlesis of Moorestown recently spoke to more than 50 law enforcement personnel at a seminar sponsored by the New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Service.

Many ups and downs for the Doyle defense (North Platte Telegraph)
The North Platte Telegraph Both sides of the Patrick Doyle protection order violation case agreed on one thing - the former North Platte fire captain contacted his wife Linda via a third party.

US Defense Secretary Gates Stresses Strength Of US-Saudi Ties (Nasdaq)
RIYADH (AFP)--U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates stressed the strength of ties with Saudi Arabia on a visit Wednesday designed to quell fears that Washington is moving closer to Riyadh's regional rival Iran.

'Torture Memo' Authors Under New Scrutiny, But Criminal Charges Unlikely (The Huffington Post)
A Bush administration attorney who approved harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects advocated in 2006 that President Bush set aside recommendations by his own Justice Department to bring prosecutions for such practices, that the President should consider pardoning anyone convicted of such offenses, and even that jurors hearing criminal cases about such matters engage in jury ...

Explore Baltimore Co.: Trial of councilman begins next week (Baltimore Sun)
County Councilman Ken Oliver's wife, a former defense attorney, a planning board member and a Randallstown contractor are all on the list of prosecution witnesses scheduled to testify when the councilman's criminal trial begins in Baltimore County Circuit Court Tuesday, May 12.

Jury finds Angela Vasquez not guilty for lack of criminal responsibility (West Roxbury Transcript)
A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Wednesday afternoon found that a Roslindale woman killed her two children, but suffered from a mental disease or defect at the time she committed the act. Jurors found Angela Vasquez, 33, not guilty of two counts of murder for lack of criminal responsibility.

Informants allege proposed Blackwater weapons dump (AP via Yahoo! News)
A defense contractor charged with trying to smuggle firearms out of Iraq claimed Blackwater guards asked him to help get rid of weapons after a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad, two government informants say in court documents.

Girlfriend charged with aiding criminal (The Seymour Tribune)
BROWNSTOWN - A Crothersville woman was formally charged Wed-nesday with assisting a criminal in connection with the murder of her boyfriend's father. Andrea D. Howard, 19, appeared before Jackson Circuit Judge Bill Vance in an initial hearing on the

Many ups and downs for the Doyle defense (North Platte Telegraph)
The North Platte Telegraph Both sides of the Patrick Doyle protection order violation case agreed on one thing - the former North Platte fire captain contacted his wife Linda via a third party.

Chris Brown's Defense Begins to Unfold (People Magazine)
Mark Geragos argues Rihanna's leaked photo may be grounds for a case dismissal

Obama Lists Suggested Program Cuts (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
President Obama is urging Congress to eliminate or reduce spending on everything from major defense programs to civic education programs and anthrax vaccine research as part of his effort to find $17 billion in savings in the federal budget.

LA city attorney candidates sharpen attacks against each other (KPCC Pasadena)
Frank Stoltze: The race for Los Angeles city attorney is turning out to be one of the most negative political campaigns in recent memory. City Councilman Jack Weiss and criminal defense attorney Carmen Trutanich have launched blistering attacks on each other in what many expect to be a close vote. The election for the non-partisan but powerful post is less than two weeks away. KPCC's Frank ...

Derek Copp's attorney upset by delays in criminal case against Deputy Ryan Huizenga, charged in Copp's shooting (The Grand Rapids Press)
Grand Rapids Press File PhotoDerek Copp, right, with his attorney, George Krupp, left, in Hudsonville District Court in April. GRAND RAPIDS -- An attorney for Grand Valley State University student Derek Copp, shot in a police drug raid of his...




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