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Criminal Defense News 04/2010



Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney, Robert M. Bernstein, Wins Armed Robbery Trial
An Innocent man was wrongly identified and accused of committing an Armed Robbery

'D.C. Five' defense team says Pakistan faked evidence
The trial of the "D.C. Five" opened in Sargodha, Pakistan, on Wednesday with the defense accusing Pakistani authorities of fabricating evidence against five Americans accused of plotting attacks on Pakistan.

Judge: No defense documents for Boulder County serial killer Scott Kimball
Convicted Boulder County serial killer Scott Kimball is now barred from having access to hard copy files from his criminal cases, according to a judge's ruling made earlier this week.

Defense lawyer must warn client of deportation risk
WASHINGTON Immigrants have a constitutional right to be told by their lawyers whether pleading guilty to a crime could lead to their deportation, the Supreme Court said Wednesday. The high courts ruling extends the Sixth Amendment guarantee of effective assistance of counsel in criminal cases to immigration advice, especially in cases that involve deportation. [...]

Lawyers for U.S. militia members seek their release
The extremist militia group members accused of plotting to kill police and wage war on the U.S. government should be freed pending trial because the case against them centers on political, not criminal issues, defense lawyers argued on Thursday.

Caseys Defense Accused Of Wasting Tax Money
EquuSearch accused Casey Anthonys defense team of wasting tax money and wants her to pay the group's legal fees for having to handle what it calls frivolous defense motions. DOCUMENT: Motion To Obtain Records | Response

Defense wants ID of L-E online reader, Michael Curry's Bible, notebook
Accused bush-ax killer Michael Currys defense attorneys filed motions Thursday asking the court to make the district attorney return Currys personal Bible and a notebook, and to let them contact the Ledger-Enquirer about the identity of a reader posting online comments about the case.

U.S. files civil suit against defense contractor KBR
The Justice Department on Thursday filed a civil suit against defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root Inc., alleging that the firm provided false statements in charging the government for the unauthorized use of private security guards in Iraq.

Skinner defense team adds ex-judge
Former Sangamon County judge Stuart Shiffman is joining the defense team for an Ashland woman accused in the 2008 fatal shooting of her granddaughters estranged husband.Shirley Skinner, 75, is facing trial in May on first-degree murder and...

Mitch Landrieu's criminal justice task force hears lots of suggestions
Andrew Boyd / The Times-PicayuneMayor-elect Mitch LandrieuMayor-elect Mitch Landrieu's task force on the criminal justice system heard from speakers offering a smorgasbord of suggestions on ways to reduce crime at a meeting Thursday night. The suggestions ranged from expanding...

VIDEO: Defense lawyer Mark Fury discusses alleged pimping and rape of 7-year-old Trenton girl
Local criminal defense attorney Mark Fury weighs in on the alleged rape of a 7-year-old at Rowan in Trenton during an interview with Trentonian reporter Artemis Coughlan.

Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd Announces Publication of "More Hits From the Supremes, Miranda's on the ...
HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - 04/02/10) - Houston Criminal Attorney John Floyd, has published a new article discussing why criminal suspects should never talk to the police without an attorney. Miranda v. Arizona has been one of the most controversial decisions ever rendered by the Supreme Court. Law enforcement hates it, prosecutors have consistently tried to overrule it, and the High Court itself ...

Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd Announces Publication of "More Hits From the Supremes, Miranda's on the ...
HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - April 2, 2010) - Houston Criminal Attorney John Floyd, has published a new article discussing why criminal suspects should never talk to the police without an attorney.

Subway Stabbing Suspect Claims He Acted In Self-Defense
The lawyer for a 19-year old man arraigned today in connection with last week's stabbing deaths of two subway passengers says his client acted in self-defense.

VIDEO: Defense lawyer Mark Fury discusses alleged pimping and rape of 7-year-old Trenton girl
Local criminal defense attorney Mark Fury weighs in on the alleged rape of a 7-year-old at Rowan in Trenton during an interview with Trentonian reporter Artemis Coughlan.

Judge finds Hill, attorney guilty of criminal contempt for TV interview
U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn has found former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill and his attorney Ray Jackson guilty of criminal contempt.

Lawyers say bad Mo. cops left on street too long
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two prominent criminal defense lawyers have complained that federal prosecutors left two corrupt city police officers on the street for too long after one was videotaped stealing money. Federal prosecutors have said that in the 14 months after the FBI sting, Bobby Lee Garrett and Vince Carr, stole more money, dealt drugs, arrested an innocent man and lied on court documents and ...

Bulgaria Prosecutor Sorry for Mistreating Busted Ex Defense Minister
Deputy Sofia Prosecutor Roman Vasilev will be punished because of his behavior on Thursday during the arrest of the former Defense Minister Nikolay Tsonev.

Lawyers say bad Missouri police left on street too long
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two criminal defense lawyers have complained that federal prosecutors left two corrupt St. Louis police officers on the street for too long after one was videotaped stealing money.

Vatican's Easter Mass infused with defense of pope
It was the Catholic calendar's holiest moment - the Mass celebrating the resurrection of Christ. But with Pope Benedict XVI accused of failing to protect children from abusive priests, Easter Sunday also was a high-profile opportunity to play defense.

Vatican Mounts Defense Of Pope At Easter Mass
A senior cardinal staunchly defended Pope Benedict XVI from what the Holy See calls a "vile" smear operation, as the pontiff maintained his silence on mounting sex abuse cover-up accusations during his Easter message.

Vatican's Easter Mass infused with defense of pope
It was the Catholic calendar's holiest moment the Mass celebrating the resurrection of Christ. But with Pope Benedict XVI accused of failing to protect children from abusive priests, Easter Sunday also was a high-profile opportunity to play defense.

Vatican's Easter Mass infused with defense of pope
It was the Catholic calendar's holiest moment _ the Mass celebrating the resurrection of Christ. But with Pope Benedict XVI accused of failing to protect children from abusive priests, Easter Sunday also was a high-profile opportunity to play defense. "Holy...

Vatican's Easter Mass infused with defense of pope
Gregorio Borgia / The Associated PressPope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful, during the "Urbi et Orbi" (To the city and the World) message, at the end of the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday.It was...

Vatican's Easter Mass infused with defense of pope
It was the Catholic calendar's holiest moment ' the Mass celebrating the resurrection of Christ. But with Pope Benedict XVI accused of failing to protect children from abusive priests, Easter Sunday also was a high-profile opportunity to play defense.

Lawyers say bad Missouri police left on street too long
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two criminal defense lawyers have complained that federal prosecutors left two corrupt St. Louis police officers on the street for too long after one was videotaped stealing money.

Bulgaria Prosecutor under Fire over Ex Defense Minister Arrest
A deputy Sofia city prosecutor, whose allegedly aggressive behavior during the arrest of Bulgaria's former defense minister has triggered a wave of criticism, will face the Supreme Judicial Council on Monday.

Vatican's Easter Mass infused with defense of pope
VATICAN CITY (AP) - It was the Catholic calendar's holiest moment - the Mass celebrating the resurrection of Christ. But with Pope Benedict XVI accused of failing to protect children from abusive priests, Easter Sunday also was a high-profile opportunity to play defense. "Holy Father, on your side are the people of God," Cardinal Angelo Sodano told the pontiff, whom victims of clergy sexual ...

'US high court ruling on plea bargains has major effect for NMI'
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the need for criminal defense lawyers to advise their clients of potential immigration consequences of plea agreements is very significant for the CNMI, according to attorney Mark Hanson.

Services Set for Criminal Defense Attorney Charles Lloyd
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday for Charles E. Lloyd, one of the citys most prominent criminal defense attorneys. Lloyd, who died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, was 75.

Easter Mass Infused With Defense of Pope
It was the Catholic calendar's holiest moment _ the Mass celebrating the resurrection of Christ. But with Pope Benedict XVI accused of failing to protect children from abusive priests, Easter Sunday also was a high-profile opportunity to play defense.

New judge delays license decision for Jackson doctor
The appointment of a new judge to preside over the criminal trial of Dr. Conrad Murray delayed for two months a decision on if Michael Jackson's last doctor can keep his California medical license.

Researchers trace Indian Defense Ministry data theft to China
Turning the tables on a China-based computer espionage gang, Canadian and United States computer security researchers have monitored a spying operation for the past eight months, observing while the intruders pilfered classified and restricted documents from the highest levels of the Indian Defense Ministry.

R. Allen Stanford Wants New Criminal Defense Counsel -- Again
With just nine months before he goes to trial on criminal charges, R. Allen Stanford wants to hire a new set of criminal defense lawyers, as one of his current lawyers says he has disagreed with Stanford over trial and pretrial strategy. If Southern District of Texas Judge David Hittner approves the substitution, the proposed legal team would be the fifth configuration of criminal defense ...

San Francisco Crime Lab Scandal Is Fiasco for Law Enforcement and Feast for Defense Bar
The extent of the fallout from the evidence contamination scandal at San Francisco's crime lab continues to grow. As prosecutors scramble to analyze cases that may be compromised, defense attorneys are doing their part to broaden the implications beyond pending cases, beyond superior court prosecutions and beyond the criminal courthouse. Private defense lawyers are also hearing from past clients ...

Lawyers say bad Missouri police left on street too long
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two criminal defense lawyers have complained that federal prosecutors left two corrupt St. Louis police officers on the street for too long after one was videotaped stealing money.

3 More Bulgarian Ex Ministers to Face Criminal Charges
Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev, reports 3 more ministers from the former cabinet face criminal charges over concluding unfavorable contracts.

i2 Unveils Powerful New Tools for Predicting Criminal and Terrorist Activity
Robert Griffin, CEO of i2, the leading provider of intelligence and investigation software, today unveiled a powerful new set of tools designed to revolutionize the way law enforcement, military and government organizations fight criminal and terrorist activity amid evolving and more sophisticated threats.

Stanford Judge Allows Attorney Switch, Says No More (Update2)
R. Allen Stanford, the Texas financier accused of leading a $7 billion fraud scheme, will be allowed to switch criminal defense lawyers, a federal judge said.

Stanford Judge Allows Attorney Switch, Says No More (Update1)
April 6 (Bloomberg) -- R. Allen Stanford , the Texas financier accused of leading a $7 billion fraud scheme, may switch criminal defense lawyers, a federal judge said.

Judge Halts Allen Stanfords Revolving Door of Lawyers
Longtime Houston criminal defense lawyer Michael Essmeyer will take over representing Allen Stanford. from Houston lawyers Kent Schaffer and George "Mac" Secrest, who had been working with Stanford for less than a year.

R. Allen Stanford Told to Take New Criminal Defense Lawyers Sitting Down
R. Allen Stanford got the new criminal defense lawyers he asked for, but not before the jailed Houston financier tested the patience of Senior U.S. District Judge David Hittner during a hearing on Tuesday. Hittner allowed Kent Schaffer and George McCall "Mac" Secrest Jr. to withdraw as Stanford's counsel and granted Stanford's motion to substitute Michael Essmyer and Bob Bennett. But after ...

UPDATE: Judge OKs new, final set of attorneys for Stanford
HOUSTON, Texas Allen Stanford, the Texas financier accused of a $7 billion (4.6 billion pounds) Ponzi scheme, can change his criminal defense team for the fourth and final time, a U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday during a combative hearing, Reuters reports.

Italian match-fixing scandal surfaces again
Italian Football Federation officials are awaiting developments in a criminal court case in Naples as they consider opening a new investigation into the match-fixing scandal that rocked the national sport four years ago. For several days, Italian media have printed alleged phone-tap conversations linking Inter Milan and other clubs to the scandal.

Ex-judge: NMI should applaud as ruling upholds justice
Juan T. Lizama, a former Superior Court associate judge who had ruled on the need for criminal defense lawyers to advise their clients of potential immigration consequences of plea agreements, said yesterday he is happy that the U.S. Supreme Court has resolved the issue.

York leaders launch defense fund for Stetler in bonusgate investigation
Five prominent York County leaders have created a legal defense fund for Stephen Stetler, the former state representative who is facing public corruption charges.

Group Presses Defense Department to Open Rule-Making for Military Commissions
A group of military justice, human rights, civil liberties and criminal defense advocates is pressing the Department of Defense to go public with its proposed revisions of the rules and procedures that will govern military commissions. The 2010 Manual on Military Commissions, which the group believes is now in the final stages of approval within the department but has not been made available for ...

SCOTUS: Defense Attorney Must Inform Client Whether Plea Carries Risk Of Deportation
In a decision published yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that criminal defense counsel must inform a client whether a plea carries a risk of deportation.

Minister: Brazil and US to sign defense agreement
Brazil and the United States will sign a defense-cooperation agreement next week, Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said Wednesday.

Defense attorney offers free clinic
CLEARLAKE -- Lake County defense attorney Jesse Chrisp, Esq. will lead a free Criminal Procedure Clinic on Tuesday describing people's basic legal rights and effective ways for dealing with law enforcement in a respectful manner.




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