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Criminal Defense News 05/2010



Feds open criminal probe into Goldman Sachs
WASHINGTON (AP) Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. plunged 9 percent Friday after word that the Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation of the Wall Street powerhouse over mortgage securities deals it arranged.

Goldman shares plunge on reports of criminal probe
Shares of Goldman Sachs Group plunged 9% Friday after word that the Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation of the Wall Street powerhouse over mortgage securities deals it arranged.

Lawyer to be sworn in as top SC federal prosecutor
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Criminal defense attorney William Nettles is to be sworn in as South Carolina's top federal prosecutor. Nettles says he's being sworn in as U.S. attorney on Monday. The U.S. Senate approved Nettles' nomination last month.

Judge to rule on admitting Pierce's criminal past into trial
As the second-degree murder trial of Anthony Pierce enters its second week, a ruling Monday could have a significant impact on its outcome. A judge will decide whether Pierce's criminal past is admissible in court.

Career moves : Law firms add partners
Robert C. L. Vaughan joined WardKim as an equity partner and will continue to practice in the areas of commercial litigation, international dispute resolution, and white collar criminal defense. Vaughan was previously a partner with Squire Sanders & Dempsey and the Florida firm of Steel Hector & Davis.

Nettles to be sworn in as top SC federal prosecutor
Criminal defense attorney William Nettles is to be sworn in as South Carolina's top federal prosecutor.

Criminal Attorney to Speak at the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center Conference
Criminal attorney, David Michael Cantor, will be speaking at the bi-annual National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center Conference in Las Vegas.

Unlikely partners on crime say Congress fails to give fair notice of criminal conduct
WASHINGTON - A conservative think tank and criminal defense lawyers are forming an unusual alliance to try to get Congress to quit writing criminal laws so loosely that they subject innocent people to unjust prosecution and prison.

No criminal offense for ex-day care employee
A Family Court judge has acquitted a former day care worker of any criminal wrongdoing in an Aug. 24, 2009, incident in which a 3-year-old boy wandered away from the Glasgow-area day care center and ended up by the side of busy Del.

Feds open criminal probe of Goldman
WASHINGTON Stepping up the pressure on Goldman Sachs two days after its executives were grilled and publicly rebuked by lawmakers, the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation of the Wall Street powerhouse over mortgage securities deals it arranged.

Defense Witness Says Interview By Sgt. Deal Was Shoddy Tonya Craft Trial In 17th Day Of Testimony
The parade of expert witnesses for the defense continued Tuesday morning in the Tonya Craft trial as a psychiatric fellow and Vanderbilt University professor were called by Ms. Crafts legal team.

State, defense rest in Pierce 2nd-degree murder trial
The state and defense rested their cases in the second-degree murder trial of Anthony Pierce. Prosecutors say Pierce's actions in February of 2009 led to the death of Wilmington police officer Richard Matthews.

Shares of Goldman Sachs Tank on News of Active Criminal Investigation
By MARCY GORDON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON | Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. plunged 9 percent Friday after word that the Justice Department had opened a criminal investigation of the Wall Street powerhouse over mortgage securities deals it arranged.

Public defender: Harris' conduct 'unethical'
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi accused District Attorney Kamala Harris today of "unethical" conduct for not having researched the backgrounds of police officers whose criminal and misconduct histories were unknown to the defense in cases in which...

SFPD Puts 100s Of Convictions In Jeopardy
The criminal histories or misconduct records of more than 80 San Francisco police officers could put hundreds of felony convictions in jeopardy, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday. The newspaper said the San Francisco Police Department withheld and prosecutors didn't disclose the officers' pasts to defense lawyers in cases in which the officers testified.

Defense: Black list' at heart of delay
John Allen Rubios defense attorneys said the Cameron County District Attorney refuses to negotiate a plea agreement because he doesnt like them and is biased against their client, court transcripts suggest.

San Francisco cases at risk over officer histories
San Francisco authorities on Tuesday were trying to determine whether prosecutors failed to disclose to defense attorneys the criminal histories or misconduct records of police officers who testified at trials.

Suspects in D.C. principal's slaying have criminal records
The three 18-year-olds charged with killing a well-known D.C. principal have lengthy criminal records that include violent crimes and in one case charges of a sex offense at age 11. Law - Services - Lawyers and Law Firms - Criminal Defense - United States

Insanity defense possible for Oley Township man charged in killing near Gettysburg College
The lawyer for an Oley Township man charged in his ex-girlfriend's stabbing death near Gettysburg College may present an insanity defense at the trial, according to court papers obtained Tuesday.

Defense attorneys allege DA's animus interferes with client's capital murder case
BROWNSVILLE Defense attorneys for accused killer John Allen Rubio claim the Cameron County district attorney refuses to negotiate a plea agreement because he doesnt like them and doesnt like their client, court transcripts suggest. Defense...

Public defender, D.A. spar on cops' testimony
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi accused District Attorney Kamala Harris on Tuesday of "unethical" conduct for not having researched the backgrounds of police officers whose criminal and misconduct histories were unknown to the defense in cases in...

Public defender, D.A. spar on cops' testimony
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi accused District Attorney Kamala Harris on Tuesday of "unethical" conduct for not having researched the backgrounds of police officers whose criminal and misconduct histories were unknown to the defense in cases in...

Defense course trains women in protection
CEDAR CITY - Women wanting the confidence that comes with knowing how to protect themselves from assault have the opportunity to start a 10-week self-defense course today at Spirit Wellness Club.

Eggelletion back at courtbut doesn't have to testify
Ex Broward commissioner is supposed to start serving prison term May 14 Former Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion was scheduled to testify for the defense in the criminal case against one of his co-defendants in federal court in West Palm Beach on Wednesday.

Insanity defense possible
The lawyer for the Gettysburg College student charged in his ex-girlfriend s stabbing death may present an insanity defense at the trial, according to court papers obtained Tuesday.

N.H. Senate approves review of Criminal annulment laws
CONCORD The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday to set up a legislative study committee to examine the state's criminal annulment laws, which haven't been revised in almost 35 years.

Court Will Allow Suit Challenging States Public Defense System
In a 4-3 ruling, the states highest court said there were enough signs that the system of providing lawyers for poor people was failing, clearing the way for a class-action suit.

Insanity defense possible
The lawyer for the Gettysburg College student charged in his ex-girlfriend s stabbing death may present an insanity defense at the trial, according to court papers obtained Tuesday.

Ribbon cutting held for new law office
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today for the Law Office of Jeff Goodman, P.A., Attorney at Law. Goodman's practice is located at 935 Main Street in Chipley, and will consist of general civil litigation, wills, estates, criminal defense and family law.

Lawrence Taylor rape arrest: 'Bad girl' defense lawyer Ken Gribetz replaced by Arthur Aidala
Ex-Rockland County District Attorney Ken Gribetz briefly represented Lawrence Taylor Thursday as a criminal defense lawyer - until the Daily News reminded the world of Gribetz's past in an online story.

Defense lawyer is on the defensive
Boston criminal defense lawyer Stephen B. Hrones has a reputation as a feisty courtroom adversary who helped four wrongfully convicted men win their freedom, became a specialist in police misconduct cases, and gained national attention representing the man who called himself Clark Rockefeller. Clark Rockefeller - Boston - United States - Criminal defense lawyer - Law

Metra chief faces criminal probe
The Cook County state's attorney's office said Thursday it has launched a criminal probe into possible financial irregularities by Metra's longtime executive director. The transit agency's own investigator, meanwhile, is looking into whether top executive Phil Pagano was collecting money by cashing out future vacation time, sources said. Prosecutors from the public corruption and financial ...

Chevron Can Subpoena Documentary Outtakes for Defense Use, Says Federal Judge
Chevron can subpoena a filmmaker's outtakes for defense use in a multibillion-dollar suit in Ecuador, a New York judge ruled Thursday. The documentary "Crude" was solicited by plaintiffs lawyer Steven Donziger, one of the lead counsel for thousands of plaintiffs in a lawsuit over damage and injuries from pollution caused by Texaco in Ecuador. Chevron, now Texaco's parent company, claims the ...

Obituary: Cynthia Morikone was a devoted criminal defense lawyer
Cynthia A. Morikone, an idealistic young lawyer who devoted her career to representing criminal defendants and parolees, has died at age 33.

Chevron Can Subpoena Documentary Outtakes for Defense Use, Says Federal Judge
Chevron can subpoena a filmmaker's outtakes for defense use in a multibillion-dollar suit in Ecuador, a New York judge ruled Thursday. The documentary "Crude" was solicited by plaintiffs lawyer Steven Donziger, one of the lead counsel for thousands of plaintiffs in a lawsuit over damage and injuries from pollution caused by Texaco in Ecuador.

Longtime Metra chief Pagano faces criminal probe
The Cook County state's attorney's office said Thursday it has launched a criminal probe into possible financial irregularities by Metra's longtime executive director.

Bellaire cop says he shot young man in self-defense
The Bellaire police sergeant accused of shooting a young man took the stand Friday and said he shot in self-defense

Judge Denies Defense Motion In Oscar Grant Trial
Judge Robert Perry denied "a defense motion to allow police officers to be part of the jury pool for the upcoming trial" of Johannes Mehserle , the BART cop accused of murdering Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale station on New Year's Day 2009. The defense made the (inane?) request, but state law "prohibits peace officers from serving as jurors in criminal cases." [via CBS 5/AP ]

Criminal history allowed in transit shooting case
Jurors in the upcoming trial of a former transit officer charged with murdering an unarmed man can hear about an incident in which police reported the man ran from officers and resisted arrest, a judge ruled Friday.

Grant's Criminal History Allowed In BART Cop Trial
Jurors in the upcoming trial of a former BART officer charged with murdering an unarmed man can hear about an incident in which police reported the man ran from officers and resisted arrest, a judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Robert Perry granted a defense motion to allow some details about the arrest history of Oscar Grant, who was shot in the back and killed at an Oakland transit ...

Craft defense costs more than $500,000
RINGGOLD, Ga. Tonya Craft says she has spent more than $500,000 for her criminal defense against 22 counts of child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation.

Part of BART shooting victim's criminal history OK'd for trial
Jurors in the upcoming trial of Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer charged with murdering an unarmed man, can hear about an incident in which police reported the man ran from officers and resisted arrest, a Los Angeles judge ruled, granting a defense motion to allow some details about the...

Criminal 'queenpin' ruled with a dramatic flair
I 'm curious if you could give some background on Odessa Madre, the notorious -- but now forgotten -- African American "queenpin" whose criminal career spanned nearly 70 years in Washington. And is it true that she was the only African American allowed, due to her wealth, to shop in segregated... Law - Services - Lawyers and Law Firms - Criminal Defense - United States

Courts, clerk wrangle over responsibility to collect money for public defense
SANDUSKY Local court officials are having trouble explaining why they've failed to collect nearly $100,000 from criminal defendants during the past four years.

Will Hastings boy's tragic past be his defense?
The teen, accused of threatening Hastings Middle School students with a gun, faces possible prosecution as an adult.

Reporter's notebook: Defense sets up groundwork in slayings trial
The witness stand turned therapy couch last week for one key state witness in the capital murder trial of torture slaying suspect Vanessa Coleman.

Courts, clerk wrangle over responsibility to collect money for public defense
SANDUSKY Local court officials are having trouble explaining why they've failed to collect nearly $100,000 from criminal defendants during the past four years.

Navy SEAL of approval
NORFOLK, Va. -- Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe has emerged from a months-long criminal probe, in which his career and reputation were on the line, with his faith in his country, the Navy and the justice system firmly intact. "This is all behind us, so nothing but positive things now," McCabe...

Pro Bono Attorney of the Month Rusty Collins
Collins is the managing partner of a two attorney firm that specializes in real estate transactions, consumer defense and criminal and family law, but what he really likes is helping regular people stay in their homes or work their way out of a credit trap that threatens their way of life.

Nettles: Defense background a help as SC's US Atty
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says he's excited to start his new role as South Carolina's top federal prosecutor. Nettles told The Associated Press on Monday he wants to focus on public corruption, financial fraud cases and environmental cases.




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