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Criminal Defense News 08/2009



Criminal charges in Colombia spy scandal (AP via Yahoo! News)
At least eight former officials of Colombia's domestic intelligence agency surrendered on Friday to face criminal charges for allegedly spying illegally on opponents of President Alvaro Uribe including judges, journalists and human rights workers.

Allen Stanford replaces criminal defense lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Allen Stanford, the Texas financier accused of a $7 billion (4.2 billion pounds) fraud, replaced his criminal attorney, Dick DeGuerin, with attorneys from the Patton Boggs law firm, the law firms said on Friday.

Criminal charges in Colombia spy scandal (Channel 8 San Diego)
BOGOTA (AP) — At least eight former officials of Colombia's domestic intelligence agency surrendered on Friday to face criminal charges for allegedly spying illegally on opponents of President Alvaro Uribe including...

As N.J. Corruption Defendants Lawyer Up, Defense Strategies Start to Emerge (Law.com)
Besides reinforcing New Jersey's corrupt image, the FBI's arrest of 44 officeholders, political operatives and rabbis two weeks ago is providing work for several of the state's well-known criminal defense lawyers. And as the investigation widened last week with the service of new subpoenas, the resignation of two mayors, the death of a suspect and punitive action against two assemblymen, some of ...

Self-defense rejected in shooting of cyclist (Louisville Courier-Journal)
As Yalanda Parrish sat in her sport utility vehicle with her teenage son, she was adamant about feeling threatened when a motorcyclist stopped at a Jeffersonville traffic light last year and walked toward them. Moments later, she shot him. But on Friday a Clark County jury rejected her claim of self-defense in the wounding of Wesley Mosier Jr.

Stanford’s defense has D.C., La. links (The Advocate)
Accused $9 billion swindler Robert Allen Stanford has hired a powerful Washington, D.C., law firm with political ties in Louisiana to defend him against criminal charges in Houston.

STANFORD REPLACES CRIMINAL LAWYER (New York Post)
R. Allen Stanford, the Texas financier accused of a $7 billion fraud, replaced his criminal attorney, Dick DeGuerin, with attorneys from the Patton Boggs law firm, the law firms said yesterday. "Mr. R. Allen Stanford announced that the law firm...

Psych defense for accused killer of Chelsea teen (Gay City News)
The defense for Jeromie Cancel, the man accused of killing of Pace University student Kevin Pravia inside his W. 15th St. apartment, will argue that he suffered from a “cognitive disorder” and “neuropsychiatric abnormalities” when he strangled the 19-year-old gay man to death on Aug. 30 last year.

Archbishop Carlson comments on prospect of paying priest's legal defense (KSDK St. Louis)
Archbishop Carlson comments on prospect of paying priest's legal defense

High court ruling changes way Wisconsin officers search cars (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out cocaine evidence found during the search of an Arizona car is changing how Wisconsin police conduct traffic stops and increasingly being argued by criminal defense lawyers.

Bernie Madoff's prison adviser gives a lesson in criminal injustice (New York Daily News)
Bernie Madoff's 150-year prison sentence was an affront to the federal criminal justice system.

Psych defense for accused killer of Chelsea teen (Gay City News)
The defense for Jeromie Cancel, the man accused of killing of Pace University student Kevin Pravia inside his W. 15th St. apartment, will argue that he suffered from a “cognitive disorder” and “neuropsychiatric abnormalities” when he strangled the 19-year-old gay man to death on Aug. 30 last year.

For Venable partner, alleged conduct could bring criminal, civil or AGC actions (The Daily Record)
Venable LLP partner Sheryl Robinson Wood could face criminal, civil and professional sanctions for her role in a scandal involving her contract to monitor the Detroit police department, attorneys in Maryland say.

As N.J. Corruption Defendants Lawyer Up, Defense Strategies Start to Emerge (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Besides reinforcing New Jersey's corrupt image, the FBI's arrest of 44 officeholders, political operatives and rabbis two weeks ago is providing work for several of the state's well-known criminal defense lawyers.

Stanford Said to Replace Defense Team (New York Times)
R. Allen Stanford, who is currently incarcerated in Texas on charges of masterminding a multibillion dollar ponzi scheme, has changed his defense team, The Houston Chronicle reported.

Supreme Court gives OK for 3rd-year law students to represent felony defendants (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Supporters for the change argue it will better prepare lawyers to handle criminal defense for indigent clients, those who often are represented by the most overworked attorneys. Some don't like the idea, and suggest that cases for low-income clients could be harmed.

Psych defense for accused killer of Chelsea teen (Gay City News)
The defense for Jeromie Cancel, the man accused of killing of Pace University student Kevin Pravia inside his W. 15th St. apartment, will argue that he suffered from a “cognitive disorder” and “neuropsychiatric abnormalities” when he strangled the 19-year-old gay man to death on Aug. 30 last year.

Burress indicted on weapons charges (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was indicted on Monday on two felony counts accusing him of criminal possession of a weapon and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment, prosecutors said.

Russian students see law, American style (Las Vegas Business Press)
A group of Russian law students recently got a taste of American justice, Las Vegas-style. Local high-profile criminal defense attorney Dominic Gentile and Nevada senior federal Judge Lloyd George led a discussion about the local legal system.

Prosecutor's detail criminal history of killing spree suspect (Austin American-Statesman)
In preparation for suspected spree killer Paul Devoe's trial, set for jury selection this month, Travis County prosecutors have filed the most extensive accounting to date of the former painter and handyman's criminal history.

Prosecutor's detail criminal history of killing spree suspect (Austin American-Statesman)
In preparation for killing spree suspect Paul Devoe's trial, set for jury selection this month, Travis County prosecutors have filed the most extensive accounting to date of the former painter and handyman's criminal history.

Wake Co. Attorney Holds Class On HGN (MyNC.com)
William Fay, a criminal defense Raleigh attorney focusing on DWI and traffic cases, recently taught a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course on Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus for the Wake County Association of Criminal Trial Lawyers.

Stanford gets new defense attorneys in fraud case (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)
HOUSTON, Texas - Allen Stanford fired his high-profile Houston attorney Dick DeGuerin and announced he's hired someone new to defend him in an international financial scandal.

Innocence Is No Defense (New York Times)
The arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. was the latest in a series of incidents that have left members of the Harvard community feeling unfairly targeted and humiliated because of their race.

Psych defense for accused killer of Chelsea teen (Gay City News)
The defense for Jeromie Cancel, the man accused of killing of Pace University student Kevin Pravia inside his W. 15th St. apartment, will argue that he suffered from a “cognitive disorder” and “neuropsychiatric abnormalities” when he strangled the 19-year-old gay man to death on Aug. 30 last year.

Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Barry Sorrels, Firm Recognized Among Best in America (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
For the 10th consecutive year, noted Dallas criminal defense attorney Barry Sorrels has earned a spot on the prestigious listing of The Best Lawyers in America. In the upcoming 2010 edition of Best Lawyers, he again will be honored for his work in both criminal defense and white-collar criminal defense.

Attorney for accused cop says his client is a "knucklehead," but not a criminal (The Bakersfield Californian)
A suspended Bakersfield police officer may have made a couple "knucklehead" mistakes, but he didn't "unlawfully" touch a woman, his attorney said. Officer Jeff Luff admitted touching a woman's buttocks, but he said she grabbed his first, according to police reports released Tuesday from the court.

Criminal case ends with dismissal of final hazing charges (The Salt Lake Tribune)
With the blessing of prosecutors, hazing charges have been dismissed against four remaining defendants in the alcohol-poisoning death of a Utah State University fraternity pledge, putting to rest a criminal case that shook the Logan campus and brought attention to student alcohol abuse.

Scheduling conflict means defense lawyer will serve three days in jail (The Kansas City Star)
A federal judge has ordered a Kansas City criminal defense lawyer to serve three days in jail for failing to appear for trial because of a scheduling conflict. Lawyer Daniel J. Ross had been serving as standby counsel for Theodore Tiger Jr., who was representing himself in a federal crack cocaine and firearms case. Earlier in the month, Ross specifically had asked for a July 27 trial date, even ...

New Kindle Book Uses Criminal Lessons To Teach Entrepreneur Success Thanks To Oprah (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Wayne Perry doesn't glorify his days as a drug dealer, but he does use experience from his past criminal activities to teach hopeful entrepreneurs how to make it big while starting with next to nothing.

New Kindle Book Uses Criminal Lessons To Teach Entrepreneur Success Thanks To Oprah (PRWeb)
Wayne Perry doesn't glorify his days as a drug dealer, but he does use experience from his past criminal activities to teach hopeful entrepreneurs how to make it big while starting with next to nothing. Perry's new book "The Working Class Entrepreneur", teaches money making lessons like no other (how to) business book ever has. As the inventor of Sinus Buster, the world's first hot pepper nasal ...

Gary Booker, full-time defense attorney, part-time Boulder City prosecutor (Las Vegas Sun)
Before going into private practice and taking a part-time job prosecuting criminal offenses in Boulder City Municipal Court, Gary Booker spent 18 years with the Clark County district attorney’s office, handling many high-profile cases.

Whale’s defense vs. Harrah’s gains traction (Las Vegas Sun)
Gaming regulators are finally starting to acknowledge the seriousness of a Nebraska high roller’s allegations against Harrah’s Entertainment. Philanthropist Terrance K. Watanabe gambled away tens of millions of dollars at Harrah’s casinos in 2007. This year Harrah’s asked the Clark County district attorney’s office to file criminal charges.

Second Insanity Defense For Becker (WHO-TV 13 Des Moines)
The man accused of shooting to death Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas, plans to use an insanity plea in a separate criminal trial. Twenty-four-year-old Mark Becker is charged with first degree murder in the June 24th death of Thomas.

Psych defense for accused killer of Chelsea teen (Gay City News)
The defense for Jeromie Cancel, the man accused of killing of Pace University student Kevin Pravia inside his W. 15th St. apartment, will argue that he suffered from a “cognitive disorder” and “neuropsychiatric abnormalities” when he strangled the 19-year-old gay man to death on Aug. 30 last year.

Russian students see law, American style (Las Vegas Business Press)
A group of Russian law students recently got a taste of American justice, Las Vegas-style. Local high-profile criminal defense attorney Dominic Gentile and Nevada senior federal Judge Lloyd George led a discussion about the local legal system.

Kansas City Attorney Chris Angles Helps Missourians Know Their Rights (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
With the state of Missouri taking steps to curb incidents of drunk driving, it's more important than ever that those facing DWI charges understand their rights. Kansas City Attorney Christopher Angles is a criminal defense attorney serving clients in Kansas and Missouri who helps clients navigate the intricacies of the new and existing Missouri DWI laws.

Attorney eyes insanity defense in home shooting case (The Sentinel)
Joseph Ruda’s attorney says two things are going to come up at his trial: Whether the South Middleton Township man was insane the night he was accused of shooting at someone in his home and whether someone outside the house also fired a shot.

Jefferson Guilty on 11 Counts (Washington Post)
Jurors find Louisiana Democrat guilty of using congressional office as a criminal enterprise.

Defense fund set up for two school administrators (Northwest Florida Daily News)
PACE -- A checking account has been set up to assist Frank Lay in his court battle. Lay and Robert Freeman, Athletic Director at Pace High School, have to defend themselves in Federal Criminal Court on Sept. 17. The charges stem from a

Insanity defense for accused killer of Pace University student (The Villager)
The defense for Jeromie Cancel, the man accused of killing Pace University student Kevin Pravia inside his W. 15th St. apartment, will argue that he suffered from a “cognitive disorder” and “neuropsychiatric abnormalities” when he strangled the 19-year-old gay man to death on Aug. 30 last year.

Sponsored by: (Daily Record)
Morristown, August 6, 2009-- 30491 --Closing arguements in the State vs. Andrew Pena accused of sexual assaulting a woman outside a Butler bagel shop on Jan. 28, 2007. Pena, l, with defense attorney Alexander Pagano faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual assault, criminal mischief and other offenses.

Jury hits ex-congressman with $470,000 forfeiture (CNN)
The jury that convicted former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson on 11 counts of corruption said Thursday that he should forfeit almost half a million dollars in assets derived from criminal activity.

Jarvis DeBerry: Former Congressman William Jefferson's behavior unethical and, finally, illegal (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Former Congressman William Jefferson's defense against 16 criminal counts was: I'm bad, but I'm not that bad. I'm unethical, but I'm not a crook. It would have been good for Jefferson if jurors had made a distinction between his admitted...

Stanford Defense Hits Another Speed Bump (Fox News)
Judge forces withdrawal of Stanford's Houston-based defense attorney Michael Sydow.

DA and defense attorney appeal state school case ruling (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
CORPUS CHRISTI — Prosecutors and a lawyer for an accused former state school worker now are on the same side. Both are asking the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to force a judge to dismiss the case against Stephanie Garza because she has an immunity deal.

Jarvis DeBerry: Former Congressman William Jefferson's behavior unethical and, finally, illegal (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
U.S. GovernmnetWilliam Jefferson accepts a briefcase full of cash from Lori Mody in this government surveillance video. Former Congressman William Jefferson's defense against 16 criminal counts was: I'm bad, but I'm not that bad. I'm unethical, but I'm not a...

Relationship, Defense Contracts Spur Probes (Washington Post)
Army official and private contractor are drawn into a morass of ethical and legal allegations about government contracts worth up to $191M.

Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer Comments On Proposed Blood Testing In DWI Cases (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
MBFC Attorney Sam Bassett says mandatory testing after drunk driving breath test refusal might violate Texas motorists' constitutional rights.

Defense: Shelley Lowe, not Aaron Thompson, was hiding something (Denver Post)
On the opening day of his trial on fatal-child-abuse charges, Aaron Thompson's defense team admitted today that he lied to police in saying that his daughter, Aaroné, ran away.




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