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Defense Official Communicated With White House Gate Crashers (Fox News)
Michele Jones, a special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said in a written statement issued through the White House said that she never said or implied she would get Michaele and Tareq Salahi into the Nov. 24 White House dinner.

Ex-NBA star promising to repay Vegas casino debt (AP via Yahoo! Sports)
Former NBA all-star Antoine Walker has agreed to pay more than $900,000 to settle bad check charges with three Las Vegas casinos and avoid trial on felony criminal charges, a defense lawyer and prosecutor said Monday. Walker wasn't in court when his attorney, Jonathan Powell, described a plan for his client to pay a minimum of almost $13,000 a month over five years to settle a complaint...

Defense official communicated with WH crashers (Newsday)
Defense official communicated with WH state dinner crashers, denies helping them get in

Salahi e-mails show couple asked Defense official about attending state dinner (Washington Post)
E-mails turned over to the Secret Service show that Tareq and Michaele Salahi had sought a top Defense Department official's help to gain access to last week's White House state dinner.

Bogus bidder may have another defense (The Salt Lake Tribune)
OK, so Tim DeChristopher won't argue at his newly scheduled March trial that he monkey-wrenched an oil and gas lease auction to save the world from global warming -- the judge won't let him -- but he may have another possible defense: selective prosecution.

Attorney anticipates criminal cases against Chesterfield ex-workers (The Herald Bulletin)
ANDERSON — Criminal indictments are expected to be delivered this week against three of the five former Chesterfield employees accused of stealing more than $259,000 from the town.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Stephen G. Rodriguez Is Interviewed about the David Letterman Extortion Case on ... (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
On October 1, 2009, David Letterman announced to the world that he was the victim of extortion (commonly referred to as blackmail). He told his television audience that a man had demanded $2 million in exchange for withholding information about his sexual relations with female staff members.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Stephen G. Rodriguez Is Interviewed about the David Letterman Extortion Case on ... (PRWeb)
On October 1, 2009, David Letterman announced to the world that he was the victim of extortion (commonly referred to as blackmail). He told his television audience that a man had demanded $2 million in exchange for withholding information about his sexual relations with female staff members. The next day, Anderson Cooper had Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Stephen G. Rodriguez on his show ...

'The Truth (As I See It)': Veteran Prosecutor, Criminal Defender Reflects on Humanity, Government, Politics, and ... (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
In 32 years as a criminal lawyer, James Sepulveda has seen about everything one human being can do to one another -- both good and bad. What is it about humans as a species that prevents us from progressing to a more enlightened state?

Barred from using battered woman defense (Queens Courier)
Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Cooperman has blocked the defense for Barbara Sheehan from using battered woman’s syndrome as a reason for fatally shooting her retired police sergeant husband in their Howard Beach home in February 2008.

Barred from using battered woman defense (Queens Courier)
Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Cooperman has blocked the defense for Barbara Sheehan from using battered woman’s syndrome as a reason for fatally shooting her retired police sergeant husband in their Howard Beach home in February 2008.

Attorney makes emotional plea to 'give Amanda her life back' (seattlepi.com)
In an impassioned plea that brought her family and others to tears, Amanda Knox's criminal defense attorney Wednesday pleaded with an Italian jury for the 22-year-old Seattle woman's freedom.

Judge to rule today on whether Michael Boyd is a career criminal (The MetroWest Daily News)
A Middlesex Superior Court judge said she will rule today on whether a Framingham man is an armed career criminal, a decision that could substantially increase how many years he spends in prison.

Karadzic challenges appointment of defense lawyer (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Radovan Karadzic will challenge the decision by war crimes judges to appoint him a defense lawyer in a trial in which the former Bosnian Serb leader is representing himself, his legal adviser said on Thursday.

Lawyer: Verdict isn't enough to oust Baltimore mayor (The Washington Times)
BALTIMORE | Mayor Sheila Dixon's misdemeanor fraud conviction fails to meet a key standard necessary for her removal from office, her attorney said Wednesday as the mayor resumed her regular duties a day after the verdict. Her criminal defense lawyer, Arnold M. Weiner, said the guilty verdict reflected testimony about actions that weren't part of Ms. Dixon's duties as City Council president, the ...

Barred from using battered woman defense (Queens Courier)
Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Cooperman has blocked the defense for Barbara Sheehan from using battered woman’s syndrome as a reason for fatally shooting her retired police sergeant husband in their Howard Beach home in February 2008.

Kansas City Lawyer Could Be King in Nigeria (Law.com)
Adebayo Ogunmeno is a criminal defense and plaintiff lawyer in Kansas City, Kan., but he is considering a second career: being a king. Ogunmeno, 54, is a prince in the Yoruba tribe in southwest Nigeria, and when the time comes, says he thinks he has a good chance to ascend to the throne. If his plans pan out, it would be an abrupt return to a traditional Yoruba upbringing that he left 26 years ...

Novato Sanitary readies manager's defense in federal raid (Marin Independent Journal)
While the results of a federal investigation into possible environmental violations by the Novato Sanitary District remain shrouded in mystery, the district board is coming to the defense of District Manager Beverly James in case she is indicted or charged with a crime.

UPDATE: Jury acquits Monitor Township man of five counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, returns guilty ... (The Bay City Times)
A Bay County jury has acquitted a 26-year-old man of five of six criminal sexual conduct charges. The jury of four women and eight men deliberated about four hours Thursday before finding Joseph F. Laird guilty of one count...

Deputies seize pics of leaking courthouse (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Criminal defense attorney Erika Kreisman had had enough of Thursday's rain leaking through into the fifth floor of the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Ex-Broadcom GC Avoids Criminal Charges Amid Claims of Prosecutor Misconduct (Law.com)
Former Broadcom GC David Dull avoided criminal charges in a stock options backdating case this week following claims of prosecutorial misconduct. He is expected to reach a nonprosecution agreement with the government, according to court documents. Dull has not been criminally charged in the case but is considered to be a co-conspirator in the government's indictment, which leveled securities ...

Ex-Broadcom GC Avoids Criminal Charges Amid Claims of Prosecutor Misconduct (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Former Broadcom GC David Dull avoided criminal charges in a stock options backdating case this week following claims of prosecutorial misconduct. He is expected to reach a nonprosecution agreement with the government, according to court documents.

Barred from using battered woman defense (Queens Courier)
Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Cooperman has blocked the defense for Barbara Sheehan from using battered woman’s syndrome as a reason for fatally shooting her retired police sergeant husband in their Howard Beach home in February 2008.

Crusader defense is making a name for itself (Portland Tribune)
Their names are the stuff of legend. The No-Name defense. The Steel Curtain. Orange Crush. And closer to home, there was Gang Green. The Jesuit football team’s defense is hoping to join that extraordinary group, and while the Crusaders don’t have a catchy nickname yet, it’s ...

St. Louis man convicted of robbery after rap defense fails (Columbia Missourian)
ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis man has been convicted of robbery despite his defense that he had no reason to commit such a crime because of his developing career as a rap performer. Prosecutors said 27-year-old Mikal Muhammad could face life in prison at sentencing Jan. 5. He was convicted Thursday of robbery, burglary, felonious restraint and armed criminal action. The crime happened in 2007. The St ...

Viktor Bout's defense set to lodge new bail appeal in Thai court (Thailandnews.net)
Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout accused of terrorism Defense lawyers representing alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout are planning to submit another bail request to a Thai appeals court, after the...

Barred from using battered woman defense (Queens Courier)
Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Cooperman has blocked the defense for Barbara Sheehan from using battered woman’s syndrome as a reason for fatally shooting her retired police sergeant husband in their Howard Beach home in February 2008.

Pittsfield Township homeowner being released as police investigate whether shooting was self-defense (The Ann Arbor News)
A Pittsfield Township man arrested following a fatal shooting outside his home Wednesday is being released today without charges as police investigate whether the shooting was self-defense. Washtenaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Burke said the prosecutor's office has asked......

Pittsfield Township police say evidence points to self-defense; man who was shot was armed (The Ann Arbor News)
Investigators say they’ve uncovered evidence that a Pittsfield Township homeowner was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot another man outside his home Wednesday morning. Both men were armed when they got into a dispute, police revealed this afternoon.......

Lawyer: Blagojevich to testify at criminal trial, not in civil lsuit (The State Journal-Register)
CHICAGO — Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will take the stand at his fraud trial but claim his 5th Amendment right against self-recrimination if called to testify in a $90 million civil suit, a defense attorney said Friday.

No Defense for Law Firm Web Images (Law.com)
Faced with unexpected criticism about the propriety of several stock photos on its site, Houston-based Lindeman Alvarado moved quickly to remove images of a woman and children used to illustrate the firm's criminal defense practice areas. Do you know what content is on your Web site?

Criminal charges against Denny Hecker 'imminent' (MalaysiaNews.net)
Criminal charges against disgraced auto mogul Denny Hecker and one of his former lieutenants are "imminent," according to a court filing Friday. The revelation comes from a court filing mad...

Criminal charges against Denny Hecker 'imminent' (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
A filing in the former auto mogul's bankruptcy case indicates that criminal charges could be imminent.

Jesuit uses defense running game to run back to title contest (Portland Tribune)
PORTLAND – Jesuit's football team did what it does best on Friday night – the Crusaders ran the ball like nobody's business and played shutdown defense – and used that effort to knock off West Salem 21-7 in the Class 6A state semifinals. For their efforts, the Crusaders earned a ...

Seaside slaying: Investigators study possibility of self-defense (The Monterey County Herald)
Five members of a Seaside family remain incarcerated while police investigate whether they were acting in self-defense when they allegedly shot and killed a man outside their home Tuesday night.

Lawyer Gets 14-Year Sentence for Plot to Eliminate Witnesses (Bloomberg)
Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Robert Simels, a New York criminal defense lawyer, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his conviction in a scheme to “eliminate” federal witnesses slated to testify against one of his clients.

Rap defense doesn't work; man convicted of robbery (Jefferson City News Tribune)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man has been convicted of robbery despite his defense that he had no reason to commit such a crime because of his developing career as a rap performer.

Rap defense doesn't work; man convicted of robbery (Jefferson City News Tribune)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man has been convicted of robbery despite his defense that he had no reason to commit such a crime because of his developing career as a rap performer.

Victim's father cross-examined by defense over his son's last moments (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Defense attorney Michael Fawer cross-examined at length Jose Vazquez, who in 2003 found his namesake son dead on the floor of the family's Gentilly restaurant, and a stranger's body next to a gun nearby.

Theft charges dropped against Nassau GOP official's son (Newsday)
Criminal charges for allegedly stealing Democratic campaign signs have been dropped against Joseph Michael Cairo, 30-year-old son of Joe Cairo, the Nassau GOP's second-in-command. A DA's spokesman said the owner of the Valmont Shopping Center in North Valley Stream told investigators "he gave Cairo permission to remove the signs." Defense lawyer Dennis Lemke said Cairo had an alibi and a witness ...

Defense to argue for dismissal in Thomas case (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Torture slaying suspect George Thomas' defense team today will argue that the state has offered little more than guesswork about his alleged role in the fatal crime spree.In a motion filed this weekend, attorneys Tom Dillard and Steve Johnson are asking Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner to toss out the case against Thomas before it even goes to the jury.The pair contend ...

Defense Attorney Gets 14 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Threaten Witnesses (Law.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The prosecutions of attorney Robert Simels and his former associate Arienne Irving, both of whom were convicted in August of conspiring to threaten witnesses, came to very different conclusions on Friday.

Rap defense doesn't work; man convicted of robbery (Jefferson City News Tribune)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man has been convicted of robbery despite his defense that he had no reason to commit such a crime because of his developing career as a rap performer.

Barred from using battered woman defense (Queens Courier)
Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Cooperman has blocked the defense for Barbara Sheehan from using battered woman’s syndrome as a reason for fatally shooting her retired police sergeant husband in their Howard Beach home in February 2008.

Barred from using battered woman defense (Queens Courier)
Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Cooperman has blocked the defense for Barbara Sheehan from using battered woman’s syndrome as a reason for fatally shooting her retired police sergeant husband in their Howard Beach home in February 2008.

Top Gun DUI Defense Attorney(R) Myles L. Berman Announces Sponsorship of Frosty, Heidi and Frank Webpage (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Top Gun DUI Defense Attorney® Myles L. Berman announces his sponsorship of Frosty, Heidi and Frank Webpage. Myles L. Berman has been a long time supporter and fan of Frosty, Heidi and Frank and is pleased to be a sponsor of their webpage.

Top Gun DUI Defense Attorney(R) Myles L. Berman Announces Sponsorship of Frosty, Heidi and Frank Webpage (redOrbit)
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Top Gun DUI Defense Attorney® Myles L. Berman announces his sponsorship of Frosty, Heidi and Frank Webpage. Myles L.

Obama names Tampa Democrat to defense post (ABC Action News Tampa Bay)
President Barack Obama has appointed Florida state Rep. Michael Scionti to a Defense Department post.

Obama names Fla. state lawmaker to defense post (MalaysiaNews.net)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- President Barack Obama has appointed Florida state Rep. Michael Scionti as deputy assistant secretary of defense for intergovernmental affairs and homeland defense.The Tampa Demo...

Obama names Fla. state lawmaker to defense post (NBC 2 Fort Myers)
Associated Press - December 7, 2009 4:44 PM ET TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama has appointed Florida state Rep. Michael Scionti as deputy assistant secretary of defense for...




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