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Criminal Defense News 02/2010



Defense questions entry of new lawyer (Sun Star)
THE defense in the criminal complaint against SPO1 Adonis Dumpit questioned the entry of appearance of a lawyer whom the prosecution reportedly hired to act as private prosecutor to speed up the case. read more

Moving to the defense (Arizona Daily Sun)
What would make a Coconino County prosecutor move across theaisle and become a private criminal defense attorney?

Criminal charges for Cape Coral councilman hinge on intent (The News-Press)
For Cape Coral Councilman Eric Grill, it's a fine line between civil court and possibly jail.

Plain Talk: Gableman's embrace of defense attorneys rings hollow (The Capital Times)
Wisconsin's newest member of the Supreme Court, Michael Gableman, now insists he really likes criminal defense lawyers.

Thai-ASEAN News Network (Thailand Outlook Channel)
A pro-Thaksin Army general has filed treason charges against the defense minister and the Army chief after reporting to police to acknowledge criminal charges against him.

Update: Prosecution, defense talking about proceeding with DNA-testing 'Stocking Strangler' evidence (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
By the time court was adjourned near noon today, not much progress publicly had been made in determining whether to DNA-test evidence from Columbus’ 1970s “Stocking Stranglings” to see whether it matches convicted strangler Carlton Gary. But behind the scenes, negotiations between the prosecution and defense are ongoing, attorneys said.

Criminal Defense Attorney Mounts Judicial Campaign (Metropolitan News-Enterprise)
Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Keith M. Bowman said Friday he will run for an open seat on the Los Angeles Superior Court. Bowman, 43, said he had “been contemplating [running] for several years” and started putting together a committee about two weeks ago.

Etheredge's Defense Attorneys Make Opening Statements, Call Witnesses (KAKE Wichita)
Defense attorneys for Thomas Etheredge make their opening statements and begin calling witnesses to the stand.

Prosecutors: Artifact informant still being paid (AP via Yahoo! News)
New court papers indicate the undercover operative in a federal bust of artifact trading doesn't have a criminal record, wasn't promised leniency and is still being paid for his services.

Assembly practices go on trial with former Pa. rep (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Legislature's practices went on trial Monday along with a former state lawmaker and three of his aides, as prosecutors and defense attorneys described how taxpayer resources have been used to run campaigns while disagreeing sharply about who was to blame.

Woman's retrial on criminal homicide charge gets under way (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Prosecutors are seeking a first-degree murder conviction in the retrial of a North Union woman accused of killing her live-in boyfriend, but defense attorneys will seek to convince jurors that the shooting was an accident.

Preliminary Hearing in Kerman Double Murder Case (KMPH FOX 26 Central San Joaquin Valley)
Fresno – Six of Fresno's top criminal defense attorneys were all in the same courtroom, defending suspects Chris Butler, Dawn Singh, Neko Wilson, Andrew Jones, Jose Reyes and Leroy Johnson.

Assembly Practices go on Trial with Former Pa. Rep (FOX 43 Harrisburg)
senior deputy attorney general calls Bonusgate behavior "a classic example of organized, institutional, criminal behavior" The Legislature's practices went on trial Monday along with a former state lawmaker and three of his aides, as prosecutors and defense attorneys described how taxpayer resources have been used to run campaigns while disagreeing sharply about who was to blame.

The Florida Defense Forces (Lehigh Acres Citizen)
Florida Defense Forces Website Updated with new information on it's status. The Florida Defense Forces website has one of the most in depth disaster information center in Florida.

Galleon Prosecutors Gave Tapes to SEC, Defense Claims (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Prosecutors gave lawyers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission wiretap recordings of ex-Galleon Group LLC trader Zvi Goffer without first obtaining court approval, a defense lawyer said in a bid to block the agency from using the tapes at a trial.

Ex-Asst. Sheriff Haidl: False tax return to recoup son's sex case cost (Orange County Register)
SANTA ANA – Former Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl knowingly filed a false tax return to try to recoup some of his fortune spent on the criminal defense of his son Greg Haidl, who faced sexual assault charges, according to court records filed this...

AP Source: Prosecutors to issue criminal complaint against Jackson doctor, eschew grand jury (Hartford Courant)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors investigating Michael Jackson's death plan to file a criminal complaint charging the singer's doctor with involuntary manslaughter rather than seek a grand jury indictment, The Associated Press learned Tuesday, a strategy shift that will give an eager public an earlier look at evidence.

Brian Mitchell not criminal mastermind like the Joker, defense attorneys argue (Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — Federal defense lawyers for Brian David Mitchell say their client is not a criminal mastermind or...

Criminal science classes to start at Riversides La Sierra University (The Press-Enterprise)
La Sierra University will launch a new bachelor's degree program in criminal science with classes that begin this summer. An open house for prospective students is set for noon on Feb. 26 in room 117 at the school's Ambs Hall.

Drug charges against defense attorney dropped (The Arizona Republic)
Charges were dropped Monday against a defense attorney accused of trying to smuggle drugs to a jail inmate believed to be affiliated with the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

Avvo Rates The Partners Of Florida Criminal Defense Firm Finebloom & Haenel As ‘Superb’ (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
The Law Firm of Finebloom & Haenel is one of just three criminal defense law firms in the state of Florida with two of its partners rated at least a 9.8 by Avvo’s independent attorney rating system.

Jackson's doctor meets with legal team (AP via Yahoo! News)
Michael Jackson's physician has been strategizing with his team of defense attorneys and is ready to surrender to authorities if prosecutors file charges, the doctor's attorney said.

Lawyer sentenced to prenatal doc visits (KXAN 36 Austin)
Criminal defense lawyer Adam Reposa had initially been sentenced to 90 days in jail for making an obscene gesture at a judge during plea negotiations in a DWI case.

Report Points to New Colombian Threat: Paramilitaries’ Criminal Successors (New York Times)
The Human Rights Watch report says that criminal armies are spreading their reach across the country’s economy while engaging in a broad range of rights abuses.

Criminal investigation launched into TCU student branding (WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth)
FORT WORTH — The branding of a TCU student at an off-campus party last month is now the subject of a criminal investigation. An attorney in the case says many people could eventually be held liable. As News 8 first reported last week, the great grandson of Fort Worth publishing legend Amon Carter received second and third degree burns to his body in early January at a house in Breckenridge ...

Court asks prosecutors, defense lawyers to share more evidence (The News-Herald)
For decades, defense attorneys have accused prosecuting attorneys of abusing their power by withholding evidence that may have cleared certain clients.

Judge cancels mass hearing vs. Thomas (The Arizona Republic)
In December and January, more than 20 criminal-defense attorneys filed motions in Maricopa County Superior Court to have County Attorney Andrew Thomas' office removed as prosecutor in their cases because of his ongoing battles with the court.

Jurors ask judge to define "voluntary intoxication" in Kenneth Shipp capital murder trial (The Huntsville Times)
Circuit Judge Bruce Williams told the seven-man, five-woman jury that voluntary intoxication is not a defense in a criminal trial, unless it can be shown that the defendant's intoxication had a bearing on one of the elements of the charge, in this case, intent to kill.

Attorney's law license suspended indefinitely (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
A well-known criminal defense attorney's law license has been suspended indefinitely in Ohio for making financial transactions that violated federal law and state attorney-conduct rules.

Candidates for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A voter's guide to candidates for Texas governor in the March 2 election.

Defense says Brian Mitchell not a criminal mastermind (Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — Federal defense lawyers for Brian David Mitchell say their client is not a criminal mastermind or...

Congo-Kinshasa : Judges Fault Prosecutors As Second Defense Witness Appears (AllAfrica.com)
As the second defense witness in the Lubanga trial started testifying on Tuesday this week, judges berated the prosecutors for failing to tell the accused’s lawyers some important information they had collected about two of the defense witnesses in a timely way.

Mayor hires former mayor for defense (Post-Tribune)
Former Gary mayor Scott L. King, who once worked as a federal prosecutor, will join Fredrick Work at the defense table for George Pabey. It's the second time in little over a year King has counseled a mayor facing criminal charges. He also defended Dozier Allen, who served as Gary mayor for two months after King resigned the post 2006, against public corruption charges last year. King is one of ...

Prosecution, defense rest in Etheredge case (The Wichita Eagle)
WICHITA — Both the prosecution and the defense rested their cases this afternoon in the securities fraud trial of Thomas Etheredge.

Blagojevich Lawyers Will Recast Strategy After Government Adds Charges (Law.com)
Criminal defense lawyers representing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his campaign manager/brother Robert Blagojevich will rework their legal strategies after the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago lodged new extortion and bribery charges against the defendants on Thursday. The government had said that it would bring the new charges mainly to beef up its case in light of the possibility ...

Defense lawyers: Suspected kidnappers, Jaycee Dugard and her daughters 'acted as a family' (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
SAN FRANCISCO - Defense lawyers for the Northern California couple charged with abducting and raping Jaycee Dugard are trying to portray the suspects as parental figures in a close, caring family.

Defense: Garridos and Dugard were a family (San Francisco Chronicle)
The man accused of kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard was the patriarch of a family that vacationed together, ran a business and had special names for each other, according to court documents submitted by the defense and released today. Phillip Craig...

Lacombe man convicted of murder in death of neighbor's son; he had said shooting was self-defense (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Jared Graham, 20, is guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting of Travis Williams, 26, a St. Tammany Parish jury decided late Friday, rejecting Graham's claims that the killing was in self-defense. Graham admitted on the stand Friday that he...

Doctor to face criminal charges in Michael Jackson's death (San Jose Mercury News)
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County district attorney's office will file a criminal case against Dr.

Defense contractor fined in corruption probe (Cape Cod Times)
LONDON — Defense company BAE Systems PLC said yesterday it would pay fines totaling more than $400 million after reaching settlements with Britain's anti-fraud agency and the U.S.

Defense says Garridos and Dugard were a family (San Francisco Chronicle)
The man accused of kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard was the patriarch of a family that vacationed together, ran a business and had special names for each other, according to court documents submitted by the defense and released Friday. Phillip Craig...

Garridos, Dugard 'acted as a family,' defense lawyer says (Reno Gazette-Journal)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Northern California couple charged with abducting and raping Jaycee Lee Dugard from South Lake Tahoe in 1991 are parental figures in a close, caring family who deserve in-jail visits with each other, a defense attorney said Friday.

Defense contractor to pay $400 million in fines (Denver Post)
Defense company BAE Systems PLC said Friday it would pay fines totaling more than $400 million after reaching settlements with Britain's anti-fraud agency and the U.S. Justice Department to end decades-long corruption investigations into the company.

Garridos, Dugard 'acted as a family,' defense lawyer says (Reno Gazette-Journal)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Northern California couple charged with abducting and raping Jaycee Lee Dugard from South Lake Tahoe in 1991 are parental figures in a close, caring family who deserve in-jail visits with each other, a defense attorney said Friday.

Defense contractor to pay $400 million in fines (Omaha World-Herald)
Defense company BAE Systems PLC says it will pay fines totaling more than $400 million after reaching settlements with Britain’s anti-fraud agency and the U.S. Justice Department to end decades-long corruption...

Airline faces criminal trial over fatal Concorde crash (Business Insurance)
PONTOISE, France—The manslaughter trial of Continental Airlines Inc. and five aviation officials whom prosecutors blame for the fatal 2000 crash of an Air France S.A. Concorde presents “ominous” possibilities for aviation insurers and policyholders, experts say.

Veteran prosecutor, 3 defense lawyers running for Reno justice of the peace (Reno Gazette-Journal)
A veteran prosecutor is one of four lawyers vying for the six-year term of justice of the peace in Dept. 4 of Reno Justice Court. Scott Pearson is the sole prosecutor running for the seat held by Judge Harold Albright, who is retiring.

Prosecutors: Charges in Jackson's death to be filed Monday (CNN)
Criminal charges relating to Michael Jackson's death last summer will be filed Monday, Los Angeles prosecutors said.

Prominent criminal lawyer R K Naseem allegedly attacked by former BJP MLA dies (The Times of India)
Naseem, who was the defence counsel in prominent cases like Jessica Lall murder and Priyadarshini Mattoo rape and murder, breathed his last at Mata Channan Devi hospital where he was undergoing treatment since January 24.

Ex-VBHS students charged in false bomb threats to be in court today (Indian River Press Journal)
VERO BEACH — Two former Vero Beach High School students charged with making false bomb threats to the school, forcing repeated evacuations, are scheduled to make pleas to criminal charges in court on Monday and be sentenced.Terms of the plea deals haven’t been disclosed.Defense attorneys and prosecutors declined comment prior to a court hearing before Circuit Judge Robert Hawley at 1:30 p.m ...




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