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Defense attorney eyes new judge post (The Plainfield Sun)
A local defense attorney will run for judge in the first subcircuit. Cosmo Tedone, 42, is a Republican and a senior associate at Chuck Bretz and Associates in Joliet. He lives with his wife, Barbara Morton, who also practices law, in a section of Joliet inside Plainfield Township.

Defense strategies could keep Polanski out of prison (Los Angeles Times)
Prosecutors have yet to say what punishments they'll pursue if the director is extradited, but experts say the defense's strongest option is asking that the case be dismissed for judicial misconduct. Roman Polanski rushed up to the British Airways counter at LAX in late January 1978 with an American Express card and an urgent desire to get out of town. He bought the last seat on an overnight ...

Airman claims self-defense in shooting (Rapid City Journal)
An Ellsworth Air Force Base airman fired in self-defense when he shot another airman earlier this month, according to his attorney.

Dixon faces 2 trials as lawyers seek dismissal of some charges (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon could have two separate criminal trials, defense attorneys announced yesterday, saying that the theft and perjury indictments will not be combined.

Defense strategies could keep Polanski out of prison (Los Angeles Times)
Prosecutors have yet to say what punishments they'll pursue if the director is extradited, but experts say the defense's strongest option is asking that the case be dismissed for judicial misconduct. Roman Polanski rushed up to the British Airways counter at LAX in late January 1978 with an American Express card and an urgent desire to get out of town. He bought the last seat on an overnight ...

Backlog of criminal cases dropping in Cumberland, judge says (Press of Atlantic City)
BRIDGETON--An eight-month old program to reduce the backlog of unheard criminal cases here is working, a Cumberland County Superior Court judge said this morning.

British Defense Contractor Faces Prosecution Over Bribery Charges (Time Magazine)
Following a six-year investigation, Britain's Serious Fraud Office says it's ready to pursue criminal charges against BAE Systems for alleged bribery. The defense firm may now find itself in the fight of its life

Closing arguments in murder trial of South Beach Army reservist (Staten Island Advance)
Advance file photo/Michael OatesPaul Cortapasso, 22, of South Beach, arrives at Stapleton Criminal Court for an appearance in April.STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Prosecution witnesses lied and DNA found on the murder weapon didn’t match the defendant, a defense attorney insisted...

Man may be tagged a career criminal (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
HAMMOND | The latest bullet point on Michael Mokol Jr.'s criminal resume could keep him out of circulation for a quarter-century.

Fresno judge to decide if gang tattoo on 7-year-old boy is criminal (Honolulu Advertiser)
FRESNO, Calif. — Enrique Gonzalez wanted his 7-year-old son to have a gang tattoo, like the many that adorn his own body. About that there is no dispute.

Lewis Lawyer Mary Jo White Brings Credibility to Defense of CEO (Bloomberg)
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Mary Jo White , the lawyer hired by Bank of America Corp. ’s Kenneth D. Lewis , will bring credibility to her defense of the besieged chief executive officer, former colleagues said.

Estate Financial principals to plead guilty to criminal charges (KSBY San Luis Obispo)
Defense attorneys for Karen Guth and Joshua Yaguda have indicated to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's office they will plead guilty to all 26 felony counts on Monday.

DeLay does legal limbo in money laundering case (AP via Yahoo! News)
Republican Tom DeLay danced the cha-cha and the tango on TV, but he's tiptoeing through a legal web as his criminal case crawls through the courts in Texas.

'Dancing' star DeLay does legal limbo in money laundering case (USA Today)
Former high-ranking Republican senator Tom DeLay danced the cha-cha and the tango on a TV reality show, but he's tiptoeing through a legal web as his criminal case crawls through the courts in Texas.

Meffert's marathon testimony in crime-camera trial spills into federal criminal probe (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
A federal grand jury investigating possible corruption in New Orleans' crime-camera contracts is scrutinizing at least one line of defense proffered by former city technology officer Greg Meffert during his testimony in civil court earlier this week.

Christian-Newsom torture slaying: Jury chosen for Davidson's trial (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Friday's court proceedings yielded a jury to determine torture-slaying alleged ringleader Lemaricus Davidson's fate, but not a clue about his defense strategy. In marked contrast to his brother's defender, Davidson attorney David Eldridge proved guarded in his remarks to potential jurors during Friday's final round of jury selection in Knox County Criminal Court. Attorneys on both sides ...

Beavers wary of ASU's experience, defense (Portland Tribune)
TEMPE, Ariz. — Oregon State is going to have to have both sides of the football working Saturday to upset Arizona State in their 4 p.m. matchup at Sun Devil Stadium. OSU coach Mike Riley worries about the experience of the Sun Devils, who fell to 2-1 with a last-second 20-17 loss at Georgia ...

Rubashkin supporters seek help for defense (The Des Moines Register)
Supporters of Sholom Rubashkin have launched print and video advertisements that criticize the U.S. government’s prosecution of the ousted meat plant executive and seek money for his legal defense.

Army continues criminal probes into Iraq electrocutions (Stars and Stripes)
Laurie and Mark Whitham, hold a portrait of their son, Chase, an Army specialist who died in Iraq in 2004 when he was electrocuted in a swimming pool.

Business people and places (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Criminal defense lawyers Martin Pinales and Candace Crouse have joined downtown law firm Strauss & Troy.

Proposed charter carries public defenders option (Macomb Daily)
A staff of attorneys representing indigent criminal defendants could be in the county's future if Macomb County voters approve a new charter next month.

Jury finds man not guilty of vehicular homicide (Dunn County News)
Boyceville resident Kevin Lee Edgemon was found not guilty of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle on Wednesday, thus closing the criminal case on a tragic event that occurred more than two years ago.

Proposed charter carries public defenders option (Macomb Daily)
A staff of attorneys representing indigent criminal defendants could be in the county's future if Macomb County voters approve a new charter next month.

Army continues criminal probes into Iraq electrocutions (Stars and Stripes)
It was near 100 degrees on May 8, 2004, when Spc. Chase Whitham and a few other soldiers decided to cool off in the swimming pool at Forward Operating Base Patriot in Mosul, Iraq.

Cokie Roberts On Polanski: "Just Take Him Out And Shoot Him" (VIDEO) (The Huffington Post)
A surprising number of celebrities and media figures have come to the defense of Roman Polanksi, arguing that the famous director should not have to face justice for raping a 13-year-old girl. Journalist Cokie Roberts veered way off in the other direction on Sunday, suggesting that he be killed.

State appellate judges affirm guilty verdict in 2008 Otsego County criminal sexual conduct case (The Saginaw News)
A state Court of Appeals has affirmed an Otsego County jury’s verdicts against a man charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Learning self defense (The Decatur Daily)
Jerry Chenault’s quick explanation of self-defense strategies he teaches children at Pro-Defense Martial Arts Academy is typical of the new Decatur facility’s holistic approach.

Investigation into electrocutions hampered (UPI)
MOSUL, Iraq, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The electrocution of a 19th American at a U.S. base in Iraq prompted an investigation by the Defense Department inspector general, a government report said.

'Career criminal' loses appeal (Hattiesburg American)
A divided Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Forrest County man who authorities described as a career criminal.

Money laundering case keeps DeLay doing legal limbo (The World)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Tom DeLay danced the cha-cha and the tango on TV, but he’s tiptoeing through a legal web as his criminal case crawls through the courts in Texas.

TV: Jury learns criminal history of killer during sentencing hearing (KVUE-TV Austin)
Prosecutors began the sentencing phase of Paul Devoe's trial by highlighting his criminal history, which includes time in jail since he was a young adult, convictions of drinking and driving, past assaults on old girlfriends and a shooting in the 80's.

Waltham company charged with illegally exporting defense items (The Daily News Tribune)
A Waltham company was among the two U.S. businesses and three Chinese nationals who have been charged with conspiring to illegally export defense articles and Commerce controlled electronics components.

Defense lawyers say ex-lobbyist on Jack Abramoff's team is victim of guilt by association (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - The second trial in the long-running influence peddling scandal surrounding imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff went to the jury Monday with the defense arguing that a former member of Abramoff's team is being prosecuted for guilt by association.

Defense lawyers say ex-lobbyist on Jack Abramoff's team is victim of guilt by association (The San Francisco Examiner)
WASHINGTON — The second trial in the long-running influence peddling scandal surrounding imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff went to the jury Monday with the defense arguing that a former member of Abramoff's team is being prosecuted for guilt by association.

NYC judge tells Astor jury to keep deliberating (AP via Yahoo! News)
Signs of stress and a struggle to reach a verdict emerged Monday among jurors in the five-month-long criminal trial over philanthropist Brooke Astor's will.

Casey Anthony case: State responds to defense's motion to dismiss murder and child abuse charges (Orlando Sentinel)
Prosecutors in the case against Casey Anthony responded to her defense team's motion to dismiss the murder and aggravated child abuse charges by reminding them about Florida's criminal procedure rule.

Swain criminal trial begins Wednesday (WPRI Providence)
Scuba shop owner David Swain is due back in a Caribbean court Wednesday in the British Virgin Islands, now facing a criminal trial in his wife's scuba diving death.

Supreme Court won't take up challenge to non-unanimous verdicts (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up the question of whether non-unanimous jury verdicts are constitutional, dashing the hopes of criminal convicts in Louisiana and Oregon trying to get new trials.

Lawyer denies deposit charges (The News & Observer)
Johnny Gaskins, a prominent Raleigh criminal defense lawyer, will appear in federal court this week to face charges he evaded Internal Revenue Service reporting requirements when he deposited large sums of cash into local bank accounts.

Local firm charged with illegal export of defense items (The Daily News Tribune)
A Waltham company, another corporation and three Chinese nationals have been charged with conspiring to illegally export defense articles and commerce-controlled electronics components.

Pebble Beach collector hires defense attorney (The Monterey County Herald)
New developments are expected to be announced today in a convoluted Pebble Beach art heist reported to be one of the largest in U.S. history.

Abramoff-related criminal trial in hands of jury (AP via Yahoo! News)
A former lobbyist working with imprisoned influence peddler Jack Abramoff is being accused by federal prosecutors of paying "bribe after bribe" to congressional aides and executive branch employees.

Houston DWI Defense Attorneys, Musick & Musick, LLP Will Attend DWI Seminar (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - 10/06/09) - Houston DWI Defense attorneys , Musick & Musick, LLP, know that a DUI/DWI charge can change a person's life forever. To be apprised of the latest training and updates in changes in the law, the entire firm will attend the 13th Annual DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity Seminar. NACDL & NCDD's DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity Seminar is a three-day event which ...

Lawyers seek to dismiss child murder case (UPI)
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A defense motion to dismiss murder charges against Casey Anthony in the death of her daughter, Caylee, violates Florida criminal procedure, prosecutors said.

Houston DWI Defense Attorneys, Musick & Musick, LLP Will Attend DWI Seminar (Marketwire)
Entire Harris County Criminal Law Firm to Learn Latest Updates in DWI Defense Law

NADL: Disproportionate Numbers of Blacks, Latinos Charged but Barred from Entering Drug Treatment (Skanner)
Drug courts have in many places become an obstacle to making cost-efficient drug abuse therapy available to addicts, particularly minorities, and reducing criminal case loads, the nation’s largest association of criminal defense attorneys said today.

Letterman defendant's lawyer plans sex-harassment angle (Los Angeles Times)
The attorney for accused blackmailer Robert Joel Halderman says he'll present evidence implicating the talk show host. Gerald Shargel, a veteran criminal defense attorney who is representing the CBS producer accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman, said today that he plans to argue that the late-night host committed sexual harassment if the case goes to trial.

Defense Begins, Then Rests, In Radio Station Wrongful Death Lawsuit (FOX40 Sacramento)
Defense attorney Don Carlson, who represents Entercom Sacramento and Entercom Communications Inc., called his first witness to the stand this morning. Stephany Fiore, Forensic Pathologist for the Sacramento County Coroner's office had conducted the autopsy on Jennifer Strange.

Sheriff says man shot in self-defense (The Mississippi Press)
An early morning shooting Monday in St. Martin could be ruled self-defense, Sheriff Mike Byrd said. Clayton Corey Obarr, 25, told investigators that he shot a man who attacked him with a baseball bat while trying to rob him about 2 a.m. at Fountain Pier on Racetrack Drive, the sheriff said.

INSIDE WASHINGTON: Oversight lacking on war costs (AP via Yahoo! News)
During a routine check of a watch tower at a U.S. military base in Kuwait, an Army sergeant found the guard leaning back in a chair, his sunglasses on, apparently sound asleep. When the soldier woke the guard, an employee of a defense contractor named Combat Support Associates, he denied he'd dozed off while on duty.




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