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Criminal Defense News 06/2009



In defense of our defenders (The News & Advance)
There was a period earlier this year when I was a criminal.

Somerset County defense contractor accused of illegally possessing guns (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
The U.S. attorney's office has filed a forfeiture action against the owner of a Somerset County defense contractor, accusing him of illegally possessing nine firearms.

Letter to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Regarding the Prosecution of RPF Crimes (AlertNet)
Source: Human Rights Watch Justice Hassan B. Jallow Office of the Prosecutor International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Arusha, Tanzania Dear Mr. Prosecutor, As you prepare to brief the ...

Los Angeles attorney Kenneth Kahn dies after fall (CBS 47 Fresno)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kenneth Kahn, a criminal defense attorney known for his work with high-profile clients such as Larry Flynt, has died. He was 66. Kahn's public relations consultant Bob Mazza says the Santa Monica resident died Wednesday in a hospital in Peru after falling while climbing alone on the mountain above the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. In his legal role, Kahn may best be known for ...

Los Angeles attorney Kenneth Kahn dies after fall (San Diego 6)
Kenneth Kahn, a criminal defense attorney known for his work with high-profile clients such as Larry Flynt, has died. He was 66.

Letter: Sue bureaucrats out of house, office (Hi-Desert Star)
Ed NemechekLanders There is in this whole corrupt political scene locally and in our country, I feel, an obvious strategy for us taxpayers to utilize on a continuous basis. It is to organize large legal defense committees to sue the individual government sub-human Senior Operating Bureaucrats (S.O.B.s) for their un-constitutional, un-American and criminal continuing attacks on us through the ...

Congo-Kinshasa: ICC Considers Admissibility Motion in Case of Congolese Militia Leader (AllAfrica.com)
The International Criminal Court (ICC) began public hearings today to consider challenges by defense lawyers to the admissibility of the case against alleged Congolese militia commander Germain Katanga.

Defense Experts Warn of Dangers in Trial of 9/11 Mastermind (Fox News)
The U.S. government must determine the best manner of trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the public face of the 9/11 conspiracy and the confessed mastermind of the attacks that killed 3,000 people. 

Families plead for reporters' release in N. Korea (USA Today)
For weeks after North Korean guards seized Laura Ling and Euna Lee near the border with China and spirited the American journalists to Pyongyang on criminal charges, their families waited quietly for news about them.

ICC: Case Of Congolese Militia Leader (Scoop.co.nz)
New York, Jun 1 2009 3:10PM The International Criminal Court (ICC) began public hearings today to consider challenges by defense lawyers to the admissibility of the case against alleged Congolese militia commander Germain Katanga.

City, mayor sued over unpaved road (FOX Toledo)
Lorin Zaner, a criminal and juvenile defense attorney in Toledo, who lives near Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, has sued the mayor and the city because some roads have not been paved despite the promise to do so.

Two bills will add criminal court, codify civil actions (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
The two measures seek to balance needs of criminal and civil courts.

Obituary: Kenneth Kahn / 'World's funniest attorney' (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
LOS ANGELES -- Kenneth Kahn, a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who had a side career as a briefcase-toting stand-up comic in a double-breasted suit who irreverently poked fun at the legal system, has died.

Verdict on Buramya case on June 8 (Zawya)
02 June 2009 KUWAIT: The Criminal Court upheld the case of MP Dhaifullah Buramya and will announce final verdict on June 8. Buramya was charged with interfering in the prerogatives of HH the Amir, and making defamatory statements about the Minister of the First Deputy Prime Minister, and the Minister of Defense Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak to the media.

Norway man, teen enter not guilty pleas (The Iron Mountain Daily News)
IRON MOUNTAIN - Two Norway males accused of sexual crimes entered not guilty pleas in Dickinson County Circuit Court Monday. Defense attorney Grant Carlson of Iron Mountain filed a waiver of arraignment for Anthony Paul Pollard, 20, of Norway. A not guilty plea was entered to the charge of criminal sexual conduct, third degree. A pre-trial conference was set for July 6.

Ex-engineer more like a 'non-spy,' defense attorney says (Orange County Register)
Dongfan Chung, a former engineer, is accused of giving secrets to China.

Psychologist testifies on stress, memory issues for Higbee defense (Press of Atlantic City)
Professor Geoffrey Loftus from the University of Washington, an expert witness on memory, testifies for the defense Thursday in the vehicular manslaughter trial of Trooper Robert Higbee. Loftus uses an illustration to compare stress levels to mental functioning.

Feds drop all charges against celebrity coroner (AP via Yahoo! News)
The criminal case against celebrity pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht ended Tuesday when federal prosecutors, citing a judge's ruling that threw out much of the government's evidence, dropped all the remaining fraud and theft counts against him.

DEFENSE: BOUNCER ACCUSED OF MURDER WAS FRAMED (New York Post)
The bouncer accused of murdering a college student was framed by his boss during an elaborate cover-up -- and he only got involved after being ordered to "dispose of the body," his defense lawyer told jurors today. "I suggest that it's a...

In closing, defense in Imette St. Guillen murder once again claims Darry Littlejohn was framed (New York Daily News)
The defense in the Imette St. Guillen murder trial made a last attempt Tuesday to convince jurors the bouncer accused of killing the grad student was framed.

Sotomayor's Deliberate Choice of Words (Washington Post)
Nice try, Mr. President, but I???m not buying the poor-choice-of-words defense for Sonia Sotomayor. ???I???m sure she would have restated it,??? President Obama told NBC News about his Supreme Court nominee???s now-famous 32 words: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived ...

Criminal charges dropped against Wecht, but animosity remains (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Cyril Wecht proclaimed victory after the government dropped criminal charges against him claiming that he cheated taxpayers and traded unclaimed bodies from the morgue.

American on trial in Myanmar: no criminal intent (AP via Yahoo! News)
An American facing trial for sneaking into the home of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi should receive a light sentence since he had no criminal intent and was not seeking publicity, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Myanmar lawyer says US man had no criminal intent (San Francisco Chronicle)
An American facing trial for swimming to the home of Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was motivated by religious fervor rather than criminal intent and should receive a light sentence, his lawyer said Wednesday. John W. Yettaw is being tried along... Related: Aung San Suu Kyi - Burma - Myanmar - House arrest - John W. Yettaw

American on trial in Myanmar: no criminal intent (3news)
An American facing trial for sneaking into the home of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi should receive a light sentence since he had no criminal intent and was not seeking publicity, his lawyer said.

Criminal Justice Academy offered (The Township Journal)
Newton Sussex County Community College will again host the Criminal Justice Academy, this summer, from July 6 to 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Defense questions motives of woman testifying against Greece police officer (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
The first day of testimony in the criminal case against a suspended Greece police officer illustrated the dueling allegations about a sexual encounter he had with a local woman.

Defense suggests 'spray tan' could have caused Aventura woman's death (Sun-Sentinel)
Miami-Dade County's medical examiner concluded nothing short of foul play could have killed Eleonora Kaufman -- but her accused husband's defense attorney blames it on a killer spray tan.

Myanmar lawyer says US man had no criminal intent (AP via Yahoo! News)
An American facing trial for swimming to the home of Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was motivated by religious fervor rather than criminal intent and should receive a light sentence, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Defense suggests 'spray tan' could have caused Aventura woman's death (Sun-Sentinel)
Miami-Dade County's medical examiner concluded nothing short of foul play could have killed Eleonora Kaufman -- but her accused husband's defense attorney blames it on a killer spray tan.

Myanmar lawyer says US man had no criminal intent (AP via Yahoo! News)
An American facing trial for swimming to the home of Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was motivated by religious fervor rather than criminal intent and should receive a light sentence, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Mehserle Defense Seeks Testimony On Grants Past (FOX 11 Reno)
A judge at the preliminary hearing for a former BART police officer accused of slaying a passenger detained on a platform early New Years Day was set to rule Wednesday on two key defense requests.

College sets Criminal Justice Academy (The Advertiser-News)
Newton Sussex County Community College will again host the Criminal Justice Academy, this summer, from July 6 to 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Defense: Attorney's Office gave advice to Stapley (The Arizona Republic)
Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley argues that the criminal case against him should be dropped because he and other supervisors received legal advice from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office

EXCLUSIVE: Top secret clearances flawed at Pentagon (The Washington Times)
EXCLUSIVE: The Pentagon may have issued top-secret clearances last year to as many as one-in-four applicants who had "significant derogatory information" in their backgrounds, including a record of foreign influence or criminal conduct, a little- noticed government audit says. Flaws in the system for granting clearances to Defense Department staff and contractors pose a risk to national ...

House panel rejects Obama plan to eliminate subsidies for jailing criminal aliens (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Defying President Barack Obama, lawmakers on Thursday saved a program that helps states with the cost of incarcerating criminal illegal immigrants as the House began the annual process of crafting the legislation to fund the government.

Attorney: Fatal shooting act of self-defense (The Star Press)
MUNCIE — George T. Williams is claiming he acted in self-defense in last week’s wild shoot-out in the Industry neighborhood that left another Muncie man dead.

CID investigation helps secure wire-fraud plea - Army News, news from Iraq, - Army Times (Army Times)
Army criminal investigators helped nab an American defense contractor for committing wire fraud in connection with a $200,000 contract for equipping Iraqi forces with body armor.

Psychologist testifies for defense in Dahl trial (Grand Forks Herald)
  Darin Dahl was suffering from "serious distortions of reality" during a 22-hour standoff with law enforcement, a psychologist who testified for the defense said Thursday.   Always Something FREE With Every Purchase! Now That's Generous! Generous Jerry's - Ends Jun 11, 2009

Criminal Justice Academy offered (The Township Journal)
Newton Sussex County Community College will again host the Criminal Justice Academy, this summer, from July 6 to 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Attorney says fatal shooting of J.D. Edwards was self-defense (The Star Press)
MUNCIE -- George T. Williams claims he acted in self-defense in last week's wild shoot-out in the Industry neighborhood that left another Muncie man dead.

The George Tiller Memorial - Wichita (Christian News Wire)
American Right To Life does not condone the murder of George Tiller but we are thankful that he will never kill another child. Also ARTL has published a vigilante worksheet to help pro-lifers and others explore and understand the biblical principles of self defense and criminal justice.

Myanmar court delays Suu Kyi trial, witness ruling (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Judges in the trial of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday delayed her final hearing until the end of next week and postponed ruling on whether to allow three barred defense witnesses to testify.

Ferndale shooting ruled to be self-defense (Detroit News)
Ferndale -- Police said Friday no one will face criminal charges in a shooting incident earlier this week in which an apartment-dweller wounded a man standing in bushes outside of his address.

Feds hunt Wall St. broker who had been under house arrest (USA Today)
A former Wall Street broker facing criminal charges linked to the subprime mortgage meltdown has become the target of an international manhunt, federal authorities said Friday.

Judge to determine if delay hurt alleged molesters defense (The Charleston Gazette)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Clay County man who was charged with 129 counts of sexual misconduct will get a hearing to determine whether his case was harmed by a 13-year delay between authorities learning of the allegations and his indictment by a grand jury. J...

Ga. Lawyers Pursue Family Values Vision With Abortion Case (Law.com)
Attorneys S. Fenn Little Jr. and Jonathan Crumly earn most of their money from construction law and criminal defense cases. But their passion is pressing litigation involving religious issues. The two are pursuing litigation against an Atlanta-area abortion clinic that has gained nationwide attention among abortion foes. The case concerns how diligent health care providers must be in complying ...

Murphy, Murtha donor has criminal past (The Intelligencer)
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Forbes' bond cut by $300,000; defense starts to question evidence (Portage Daily Register)
Curtis Forbes made his first in-person appearance in a courtroom Friday as a dozen of his supporters along with 20 of Marilyn McIntyre's friends and family filled the bench seating.

Criminal Justice Academy offered (The Township Journal)
Newton Sussex County Community College will again host the Criminal Justice Academy, this summer, from July 6 to 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.




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