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Criminal Defense News 11/2009



Obsolete algorithm tangles terrorist/criminal watch lists (Government Computer News)
Advanced name-matching software now used for some agencies' terrorist and criminal watch lists can handle linguistic differences and Arabic, Chinese, Russian and other non-Roman alphabets.

NYC man pursues insanity defense in doctor slaying (AP via Yahoo! News)
David Tarloff lives in a deeply troubled inner world.

NYC Man Pursues Insanity Defense In Doctor Slaying (WCBS-TV New York)
David Tarloff was diagnosed as schizophrenic and hospitalized more than a dozen times before hacking a Manhattan psychologist to death with a meat cleaver. Last month, psychiatrists said he was mentally fit to stand trial on murder charges for the February 2008 slaying of Kathryn Faughey. His lawyer is pursuing a rare insanity defense in a case that highlights how the legal system tends to hold ...

Pushing new court procedures (The Japan Times)
Before the lay judge system was introduced in May, Japanese courts adopted pretrial procedures to enable the prosecution, the defense counsel and the court to narrow down evidence and points of argument in a case to speed up criminal trials. A recent Supreme Court ruling shows its determination in getting these procedures to take root. On Oct. 16 the Supreme Court sent back to the Hiroshima High ...

Defense keys Blazer victory over Thunder (Portland Tribune)
OKLAHOMA CITY — It was an ugly, sloppy game Sunday night at Ford Center. The verdict — an 83-74 Portland victory over Oklahoma City — still looked good to the Trail Blazers. Coach Nate McMillan demanded better defense after the Blazers’ 111-107 loss at Houston Saturday ...

Insanity defense pursued in doctor killing (Staten Island Advance)
David Tarloff lives in a deeply troubled inner world. Associated PressDavid Tarloff, 41, was diagnosed as schizophrenic and hospitalized more than a dozen times before hacking Manhattan psychologist Kathryn Faughey to death with a meat cleaver in February 2008.He was diagnosed...

Swiss hand over banking info to Argentina (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Swiss government said Monday it has handed banking documents over to Argentina in a $25 million dollar corruption probe linked to former President Carlos Menem and French defense company Thales.

FLDS trial, Day 6: More from DNA expert, child service investigator (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Eldorado, Texas » Tempers flared in a courtroom here as attorneys contested evidence repeatedly during the criminal trial of FLDS member Raymond Merril Jessop -- ending in a defense attorney asking a Texas judge to declare a mistrial late Monday.

'Clown video' raises questions about Anna Nicole Smith (CNN)
Video of Anna Nicole Smith appearing to mistake a doll for her unborn child was just the reality TV star acting for a camera, a defense lawyer for Howard K. Stern says.

Admitted triggerman in double slaying testifies he acted in self-defense (Pasadena Star-News)
An admitted gang member who shot two men to death in 2007 testified in his murder trial Monday that he opened fire to protect his friends when a rival gang member pulled out a knife. "I just reacted," Manuel Sandoval said. "I pulled out the gun and started shooting."

Michael Basiden Gives $5000 for Heather Ellis Legal Defense (Black Voices)
Filed under: Celebrity News , News Just when you thought black celebrities didn't care anymore, the "Bad Boy of Radio," Michael Baisden announced today that he is going to give $5,000 to the legal defense fund of the family of Heather Ellis , a 24-year old black female college student who faces 15-years in prison after cutting in line at a Walmart. The case has drawn a firestorm of controversy ...

Mourners recall investigative reporter Pete Shellem as conscience of the criminal justice system (The Patriot-News)
DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News Pete Shellem worked for the The Patriot-News for 23 years. Investigative reporter Peter Shellem was remembered Monday as a man who followed his own moral imperative during tireless work on stories that led to the freedom of five wrongly convicted prisoners.

'He was the conscience of the criminal justice system' (The Patriot-News)
Investigative reporter Peter Shellem was remembered Monday as a man who followed his own moral imperative during tireless work on stories that led to the freedom of five wrongly convicted prisoners.

NYC man pursues insanity defense in doctor slaying (Journal Inquirer)
NEW YORK — David Tarloff lives in a deeply troubled inner world. He was diagnosed as schizophrenic and hospitalized more than a dozen times before hacking a Manhattan psychologist to death with a meat cleaver.

Riddle to get new lawyer, but court will do the choosing (Detroit Free Press)
Political consultant Sam Riddle will get a new lawyer for his upcoming criminal trials, but it won't necessarily be former federal Prosecutor Richard Convertino.

Karadzic ends boycott of trial seen as key to Balkans closure (The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News)
Radovan Karadzic broke a boycott on his Yugoslav war crimes trial today to ask for 10 more months for his defense against genocide charges in Bosnia.

Karadzic says needs more time for genocide defense (Reuters via Yahoo! Canada News)
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appeared for the first time at his trial for genocide in the Bosnian war on Tuesday but said he would take no further part unless he had more time to prepare his defense.

Karadzic Makes Appearance in Court (International Herald Tribune)
The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic made his first appearance at his trial to argue that he needed more time to prepare his defense against charges of genocide.

Bruno taps campaign funds for defense (Bennington Banner)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Campaign records show former New York Senate leader Joe Bruno has spent more than $633,000 in campaign funds on criminal lawyers to prepare for his trial Monday.

Karadzic says needs more time for genocide defense (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appeared in court on Tuesday for the first time since his trial for genocide started but said he would take no further part unless he had more time to prepare his defense.

Karadzic Attends UN War Crimes Trial, Demands More Time To Prepare Defense (INO News)
(RTTNews) - Former Bosnian Serb Leader Radovan Karadzic attended his war crimes trial at the UN court in The Hague, Netherlands, for the first time on Tuesday after boycotting the first two sessions.

Former prosecutor to serve on defense team in Beason murder case (The Pantagraph)
LINCOLN -- A former McLean County prosecutor has agreed to serve as co-counsel for the defense in the case against Jason L. Harris, who is accused along with his brother of killing a Beason family.

Valet credited with helping save grandmother from armed criminal in Boston (Boston Globe)
Carjacking victim Barbara Pero stands outside her car and her Auburn home today.(Globe photo by John Guilfoil) By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff and John Guilfoil, Globe Correspondent A parking valet who armed himself with an umbrella was credited...

Calif. High Court Hears Case On Medical Pot Limits (CBS 5 Bay Area)
The California Supreme Court, at a special session in Berkeley on Tuesday, appeared likely to strike down a state law that sets an 8-ounce limit on the amount of medical marijuana a patient can possess at one time. The court found itself in the unusual position of having a prosecutor and a defense attorney in a criminal case agree it would be unconstitutional to prosecute genuine patients for ...

Defense rests in Bear case (New York Post)
Two former Bear Stearns hedge funders being tried for criminal fraud rested their case unexpectedly yesterday. After calling just four witnesses over less than two days, the attorneys for defendants Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin wrapped up, argui...

Man wants to claim self-defense in landlord's death (New Hampshire Union Leader)
Paul McDonald, 50, is charged with killing his landlord by repeatedly chopping him in the head with an ax-like weapon.

Cedar Funding founder David Nilsen rejects defense lawyer (The Monterey County Herald)
The owner of bankrupt Cedar Funding investment company will represent himself against federal fraud charges alleging he operated a Ponzi scheme that robbed investors of more than $150 million. David Nilsen rejected U.S.

Border defense key to keeping UF campus safe (The Gainesville Sun)
By Nathan Crabbe Staff writer The University of Florida's police department has long patrolled the streets just outside of campus, but a change in state law means it no longer will have to spend resources defending the practice.

Bailiff suspended with pay after detaining attorney Wednesday morning (The Ocala Star-Banner)
By Suevon Lee Staff writer OCALA - A bailiff at the Marion County Courthouse was suspended with pay Wednesday after he handcuffed a criminal defense attorney who apparently became upset over being asked to move to another area of a courtroom.

Judge denies defense motion to acquit in Rude case (Austin Daily Herald)
Jurors in the trial of on-leave Austin Police Cpt. Curt Rude heard a CD recording Wednesday that consisted of an interview between Rude and an agent from the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Searching for the most notorious criminal case in O.C. history (Orange County Register)
The quick and notorious case of Mose Gibson, the first O.C. killer to be executed, sets the tone.

Atty: NY Dead Sea Scrolls case makes pranks crimes (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - November 4, 2009 4:55 PM ET NEW YORK (AP) - A defense lawyer says parodies, pranks and freewheeling Internet discussion are at risk in a Manhattan criminal case against a man...

Bernard Kerik May Accept Plea Deal (New York Times)
Former Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik would resolve three criminal trials by pleading guilty to a single conspiracy charge.

Former Fed Reserve analyst inverviewed for parole board slot (Sharon Advocate)
He’s been a dishwasher in Brooklyn, pumped gas in Queens and worked as a salesman at a Gap store. And on Wednesday, criminal defense attorney Cesar Archilla was a step closer to becoming a member of the state Parole Board.

AP source: Ex-NYC top cop Kerik plans guilty plea (AP via Yahoo! News)
Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner and one-time nominee for Homeland Security secretary, will enter a guilty plea to resolve three pending criminal trials, a person familiar with the case said Wednesday.

Justices, in Aftermath of 2 Murder Cases, Hear Claims of a Process Gone Wrong (New York Times)
The Supreme Court heard arguments from a case in Iowa and another from Alabama involving claims that the criminal justice system had gone badly awry.

Second attorney joins Jason L. Harris defense in Beason deaths (Herald & Review)
LINCOLN - A former McLean County prosecutor has agreed to serve as co-counsel for the defense in the case against Jason L. Harris, who is accused along with his brother of killing a Beason family.

Kerik Expected to Accept Prison Term in Corruption Case (New York Times)
The former New York City police commissioner would resolve three criminal trials by pleading guilty to a single conspiracy charge.

Bailiff suspended after detaining defense attorney (The Ocala Star-Banner)
By Suevon Lee Staff writer A local criminal defense attorney who was handcuffed by a court bailiff and detained inside a holding cell for more than an hour at the Marion County Courthouse has wasted little time seeking legal recourse, requesting a criminal investigation be opened against the deputy.

Teen apologizes for fatal 2007 shooting, prosecutors challenge self-defense claim (The Huntsville Times)
A Huntsville teen is awaiting a jury's verdict on charges he murdered a 16-year-old girl in June 2007.

Competency questioned for masseur in porn case (San Mateo Daily Journal)
Criminal proceedings have been temporarily suspended against an unlicensed San Mateo masseur after his defense attorney questioned his ability to stand trial on charges of performing a sexual act with 2-year-old child and groping an undercover police officer.

Turner's defense attorneys ask court to rule out death penalty (The Indiana Gazette)
Josh Turner, center, appeared for a preliminary hearing. Gazette file photo.

State Parole Board members have strong Salem ties (The Salem Gazette)
He’s been a dishwasher in Brooklyn, pumped gas in Queens and worked as a salesman at a Gap store. And on Wednesday, criminal defense attorney Cesar Archilla was a step closer to becoming a member of the state Parole Board.

Karadzic Gets Delay, and Lawyer, in War Crimes Trial (International Herald Tribune)
The decision of the international criminal tribunal will postpone the trial of Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, until March to allow the defense time to prepare.

Senior rebel commander surrenders, Ugandan Defense Ministry says (CNN)
A top commander with the Lord's Resistance Army has surrendered to Ugandan army troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ugandan Defense Ministry announced Thursday.

UPDATE: Videotaped evidence delays hearing (The Sharon Herald)
A suppression hearing in a federal criminal case has been pushed back to January to allow prosecution and defense attorneys to review a newly discovered videotape.

Prosecutor: Child is proof of assault of sect teen (AP via Yahoo! News)
A prosecutor in the first criminal trial stemming from the raid of a polygamist group's Texas ranch urged jurors to convict a 38-year-old member of sexual assault of a child.

14 Charged With Insider Trading in Galleon Case (International Herald Tribune)
Federal prosecutors charged 14 hedge fund employees, lawyers and other investors in criminal complaints that seem to be connected to the Raj Rajaratnam case.

Senate rejects bid to restrict Guantanamo trials (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The Senate on Thursday rejected a measure that would have required prisoners charged with involvement in the September 11 attacks to stand trial in a military court rather than a criminal court.

Texas polygamist sect member guilty of sex assault (USA Today)
Jurors in the first criminal trial following the raid of a polygamist group's Texas ranch have convicted a member of sexual assault of a child.




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