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Criminal Defense News 07/2009

'Barbershop' judge to head Ocean County criminal division of Superior Court (Asbury Park Press)
Ocean County's first black Superior Court judge, who last year presided over the dramatic Lakewood barbershop murder trial, has been tapped to lead the county's criminal division of Superior Court.

Find casino heist suspects guilty of all but 2 charges, defense attorney says (The Press-Enterprise)
The defense attorney for the man accused of masterminding a 2007 heist at Soboba Casino told jurors Tuesday that they should find his client guilty of 10 of the 12 felony charges he faces. But he said two charges of kidnapping for robbery don't add up, and that the Riverside County district attorney's office was overreaching.

Hiker to get new trial in slaying case (The Arizona Republic)
Arizona Court of Appeals throws out the 2006 murder conviction of a hiker who claimed self-defense after he shot a man whose dogs were charging him.

Criminal defense part of KACo coverage (Lexington Herald-Leader)
When Kentucky's elected county officials find themselves charged with abusing their public offi

Defense calls for dismissal of Greece manslaughter case (
Roderick Scott’s attorney maintains the shooting of a 17-year-old was in self-defense.

Judge denies defense bid for suspected San Rafael serial rapist (Marin Independent Journal)
A Solano County Superior Court judge has rejected a defense request to split up some of the felony charges in the 57-count complaint that was filed against suspected serial rapist Victor Lamar Davis two years ago.

San Diego Community News Group - criminal law overview (SDNews)
(Not just for attorneys, criminal law overview) GUEST SPEAKER: Anthony J. Solare, Esq. A graduate of California Western School of Law, Mr. Solare spent the first five years of his career as a prosecutor for the City of San Diego.

Retired Military Official Pleads Guilty to Bribery and Conspiracy Related to Defense Contracts in Afghanistan (PR Newswire via Yahoo! News)
A retired U.S. military official pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges relating to Department of Defense (DOD) contracts in Afghanistan, the Department of Justice announced today.

Ten Connected To Madoff May Face Criminal Charges (NPR)
Prosecutors continue to investigate those affiliated with the infamous swindler, but it might be tricky to prove employees knew what was happening. Prosecutors allege that Bernard Madoff specifically hired people without financial experience.

KACo criminal defense bill: $300,000 (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Since 2001, the Kentucky Association of Counties' liability insurance plan has paid for more t

Defense: New charges against Herkimer investigator possible (The Observer-Dispatch)
New evidence has emerged that suggests a former village police investigator, accused of gambling away thousands of dollars in cash stolen from his police station's evidence storage room, may face more criminal charges, his defense attorney said Thursday.  

Defense begins in molestation trial (San Mateo Daily Journal)
The defense for once-renowned San Mateo psychiatrist William Hamilton Ayres began yesterday, just more than a week after jurors began hearing evidence in the molestation trial and after a 10th former patient recalled being inappropriately touched during a physical exam.

African leaders discuss decision against International criminal Court, reform (Sun-Sentinel)
SIRTE, Libya (AP) — Africa's leaders were locked in a heated debate Thursday over a draft African Union summit decision that would give Sudan's president continent-wide impunity from prosecution for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

Web site restrictions hinder some CID cases (Stars and Stripes)
Restrictions on Web access through Department of Defense computers prevent some military police and Criminal Investigation Command investigators from accessing sites relevant to their cases.

Hate crime probe called for in gay sailor's death (AP via Yahoo! News)
The chairman the House Veterans Affairs Committee is calling for a Defense Department and Marine Corps probe to see if the killing of a gay sailor at Camp Pendleton was a hate crime.

Documents describe chaos of Gitmo's early months (AP via Yahoo! News)
Newly released Defense Department documents and memos about the first years of operation of the jail at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, portray a chaotic and sometimes violent operation that its own commanders described as dysfunctional.

Mindanao peace, a top priority: defense chief (Sun Star)
DEFENSE Secretary Gilberto Cojuangco Teodoro Jr., or Gibo to his friends and colleagues, has nothing but good plans for Mindanao. read more

African leaders denounce international court (AP via Yahoo! News)
After bitter wrangling, Africa's leaders agreed Friday to denounce the International Criminal Court and refuse to extradite Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted for crimes against humanity in Darfur.

The death of a criminal: an interview with POCC Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. (San Francisco Bay View)
Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and the other members of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee have proven time and again their dedication to the cause of our people, nationally and throughout the world through work, not just talking. I wanted to catch up with the chairman so that we could talk about a recent POCC protest in Chicago at the Black radio station WVON, where the POCC was protesting Black ...

Biz Buzz: Judge orders $120,000 in legal fees to Guth’s defense frozen (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Jac Crawford has ordered that $120,000 given to the defense of

Countrywide fraud case hinges on disclosures to investors (Los Angeles Times)
The SEC suit says former CEO Angelo Mozilo and other ex-executives knew of heavy risks in subprime loans. But the defense is expected to argue that those risks were well publicized. With a trail of damaging e-mails and big-money stock sales, the federal government's fraud case against Angelo Mozilo and two other former Countrywide Financial Corp. executives appears to have plenty of ammunition.

Biz Buzz: Judge orders $120,000 in legal fees to Guths defense frozen (The Cambrian)
San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Jac Crawford has ordered that $120,000 given to the defense of Estate Financial former President Karen Guth be frozen, along with her other personal assets, until the defense can prove the money did not come from ill-gotten gains or that it was used to benefit victims of alleged fraud.

Defense: Youth accused in East shooting menaced by older kids (Erie Times-News)
The shots that rang out and injured a woman at an East High School basketball game last winter landed 15-year-old defendant Felix Velasquez in adult court.

Specter, Wecht's lawyers criticize US attorney (San Francisco Chronicle)
Defense lawyers and a U.S. senator are criticizing comments made by Pittsburgh's U.S. attorney last month as her office dismissed fraud and theft charges against a noted pathologist. Lawyers for former Allegheny County medical examiner Cyril Wecht are calling... Sponsored Topics: Pittsburgh - Allegheny County Pennsylvania - US - Cyril Wecht - United States

Specter, Wecht's lawyers criticize US attorney (AP via Yahoo! News)
Defense lawyers and a U.S. senator are criticizing comments made by Pittsburgh's U.S. attorney last month as her office dismissed fraud and theft charges against a noted pathologist.

Anand Jon juror tried to meet with defendant's sister before conviction, defense lawyers say (Los Angeles Times)
They say Alvin Dymally, a Los Angeles building inspector, twice spoke by phone with her near the end of the trial, possibly seeking a date. Prosecutors accuse her of working to subvert the verdicts. The fate of Beverly Hills fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander appeared sealed last year when 12 jurors found him guilty of sexually assaulting young women in a trial that made international headlines.

Ill. attorney found dead at residence (Evansville Courier & Press)
Chris Heid, a well-known Southern Illinois criminal defense attorney and former White County state's attorney, died Saturday morning after collapsing at his home in Enfield. He was 58.

Marian University hosts Criminal Justice Camp (Fond du Lac Reporter)
High school students attending Marian Universitys summer residential Criminal Justice Camp from June 22 to 24 had the opportunity to participate in crime scene investigation simulations as well as learn about arrest and defense tactics.

Criminals now easier to trace in Nashville (The Leaf Chronicle)
NASHVILLE — The Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk's office has enhanced its Web site to allow the public to get detailed criminal histories of people in Nashville.

DUI Defense Attorney Seeks Fairness, Lasting Change (New London Day)
Editor's Note: After a series of drunken driving fatalities in the region, The Day is running an occasional series on the issue. Attorney Ronald F. Stevens takes on some of the toughest cases that come through the criminal court system when he represents people charged with killing someone while driving drunk. He stands before judges with the newly accused, calmly expressing his client's remorse ...

Court news – June 18 pleas (Paris Beacon-News)
The following pleas were entered during the June 18, 2009, criminal and traffic call in Edgar County Circuit Court:

Lawyers set to square off over Jackson estate (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Lawyers for Michael Jackson and his family on Sunday prepared to square off in a courtroom hearing over control of the singer's estate as media reports mounted about powerful drugs that may have contributed to his death.

Court to Hear New Reports on Pakistani Scientist’s Fitness for Trial (New York Times)
To government psychiatrists, Aafia Siddiqui has been faking symptoms of mental illness, hoping to avoid a criminal trial on charges of trying to kill American soldiers and F.B.I. agents in Afghanistan.

Roseboro trial begins today (Lancaster Online)
Michael Roseboro told police he found his wife's body in the backyard pool and tried to resuscitate her –— unsuccessfully.Intruders, his defense attorney suggested, must have encountered and killed 45-year-old Jan Roseboro that night in July 2008, as she sat reading outside the Reinholds...

War criminal transferred to Estonia (Baltic Times)
TALLINN- The former leader of the Croatian Serbs during the war Milan Martic has been placed in an Estonian jail to serve out a 35 year prison sentence for war crimes in Croatia .

Rulings Will Have Little Impact (Times Record)
Saturday, July 4, 2009 11:54 PM CDT Two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions addressing defendants’ rights to cross-examine expert witnesses and to access to DNA evidence after a conviction won’t affect criminal defendants in Arkansas courts, according to Sebastian County’s top prosecutor.

Former Defense Secretary McNamara dies | Photos (Chicago Tribune)
WASHINGTON -- Former Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara died this morning, according to his wife. He was 93. McNamara died at 5:30 a.m. at his home, his wife Diana told The Associated Press. She said he had been in failing health for some time.

U.K. to examine 2004 Iraqi civilian torture claims (USA Today)
Britain's defense ministry ordered an inquiry Monday into allegations that Iraqi civilians were tortured and killed by British troops following a fierce gunbattle in Iraq in 2004.

Mintz Levin Expands Health Care Enforcement Defense Practice Group (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
WASHINGTON----In response to the federal government's increasing focus on health care fraud and promised changes in enforcement by the Obama administration, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has expanded its health care fraud and abuse practice by forming the Health Care Enforcement Defense Practice Group.

In Two States, a Lower Bar for Conviction (New York Times)
The Supreme Court is being asked to review criminal trials in Oregon, which, along with Louisiana, does not require juries to reach unanimous verdicts.

Defense bill: Contractors would feel the hurt if feds are injured (Federal Computer Week)
If a contractor is found at fault for causing injury to a government employee, DOD must prohibit any award fee.

Memory expert testifies for defense in Ayres molestation trial (San Mateo County Times)
New information, including questions from police, can shape witness recollections, expert for defense testifies

U.S. violating Stanford's rights in fee fight: filing (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Federal prosecutors, who have accused Allen Stanford of a long-running $7 billion fraud, are trampling the Texas financier's constitutional rights in their fight to cut off his access to funds for a legal defense, Stanford's lawyer said on Monday.

Man Claims Self Defense In Robber Shooting (KOAT Albuquerque)
A Belen man is charged with murder after investigators say he admitted to shooting a burglary suspect. He claims he acted in self-defense.

Rapper takes stand in own defense in sex assault trial (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
LONG BEACH - A Long Beach rapper accused of sexually assaulting his former girlfriend testified in his own defense Monday, telling a jury the mother of his three children willingly kissed and fondled him on the day of the alleged attack.

Under Cyberthreat: Defense Contractors (BusinessWeek)
Tim McKnight is well acquainted with threats to cybersecurity. A former special agent with the FBI, he specialized in corporate espionage and foreign counterintelligence.

Self-Defense or Vigilante Murder? (Albuquerque Journal)
BELEN — Former Marine Luke Sanchez pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of murder after he fatally shot a burglary suspect in a case similar to one that divided New Mexico residents for years.

Truth is a valid defense in man’s defamation case (Tacoma News Tribune)
Examine these two scenarios as if you were a reporter. How would you handle them?

APPLAUSE (The Fort Collins Coloradoan)
LaPorte resident Dean A. Beers, owner of Forensic Investigators of Colorado, LLC, earned the Certified Legal Investigator designation from the National Association of Legal Investigators' Professional Certification Board. He specializes in civil legal investigation, criminal defense and trial preparation. For information, call (970) 691-0813, or e-mail [email protected]

Feds: Pa. defense contractor exec took kickbacks (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
The former chief executive for a defense contractor with ties to Democratic U.S. Rep.

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