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Defense expert for Minn. man seeking new trial in fatal Toyota crash disputes trial testimony
The Toyota Camry involved in a 2006 crash that killed three people had antilock brakes that would not have left skid marks at the crash scene, according to a defense witness who testified Tuesda...

2 testify self-defense led to fatal Vanderbilt fight
Two defense witnesses in a Fayette County man's criminal homicide trial Tuesday testified the victim was looking for a fight the night he died.

Koua Fong Lee's trial attorney blasted for poor job that led to prison in fatal Toyota crash
A veteran criminal defense lawyer blasted a fellow attorney in Ramsey County court today, saying that if he had done a proper job, Koua Fong Lee probably would not have been convicted.

Quality of defense at issue in fatal Toyota crash
A Minnesota man seeking a new trial in a fatal crash involving a Toyota might have been acquitted if his trial lawyer had properly investigated the crash and offered evidence to show his client tried to stop the car, a legal expert testified Wednesday.

Defense attorney defends handling of fatal Toyota crash case as former client seeks new trial
A Minnesota man seeking a new trial in a fatal crash involving a Toyota might have been acquitted if his trial lawyer had properly investigated the crash and offered evidence to show his client ...

Legal expert: Defense made best move by resting in Sypher case
The fate of Karen Sypher is in the hands of a federal jury that got the case on the afternoon of August 4. The trial moved much faster than expected when the defense pulled a bit of a surprise. Court watchers knew it wasn't likely that Karen Sypher would take the stand in her own defense, but most thought, at the very least, her mother and son would testify. That didn't happen and WAVE 3's legal ...

Koua Fong Lee's attorney failed him, legal peer says in court
A veteran criminal defense lawyer blasted a fellow attorney Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court, saying that if he had done a proper job, Koua Fong Lee may not have been convicted.

Defense: Lawyer failed Lee
Attorney Ron Meshbesher picked apart defense strategy in 2007 trial as St. Paul driver seeks new trial.

Raymond Cassar Honored by dbusiness Magazine as "Top Lawyer" in Detroit for Criminal Law
Veteran criminal defense attorney recognized by premier business journal in Detroit

WLNS TV 6 Lansing Jackson Michigan News and Weather - WLNS.COM | Ex-prosecutor leads group of defense lawyers
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A former prosecutor is the new leader of a Michigan group of defense lawyers. James Samuels of Big Rapids was recently elected president of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, a statewide association.

Lawyer: Officer in dog park shooting acted in self defense
Humane Society will help police with investigation The off-duty federal police officer who fatally shot a Siberian husky in a Severn dog park Monday has been placed on administrative leave while police investigate the incident, but through his lawyer maintains that he fired his gun in defense of his pet, his wife and himself.

"Accelerator Defense" Frees Minn. Man
Man Who Spent 2 1/2 Years In Prison Freed After Arguing Toyota Accelerator Issues Caused Crash that Killed 3 People

Lawyer: Officer acted in self defense
Humane Society will help police with investigation The off-duty federal police officer who fatally shot a Siberian husky in a Severn dog park Monday has been placed on administrative leave while police investigate the incident, but through his lawyer maintains that he fired his gun in defense of his pet, his wife and himself.

Lawyer: Federal police officer in dog park shooting acted in self defense
Humane Society will help police with investigation The off-duty federal police officer who fatally shot a Siberian husky in a Severn dog park has been placed on administrative leave while county police investigate the incident, but through his lawyer maintains that he fired his gun in defense of his pet, his wife and himself.

Man gets 5 years in Chesterfield bank robbery
The prosecutor, defense attorney and judge all agreed that the bank robbery case of 43-year-old Gregory Wood was one of the most unusual of their legal careers. They all wondered aloud: Why would an intelligent and talented father of three with a loving and supportive family, a strong work ethic ...

'Toyota defense' frees US man jailed in fatal car crash
A Minnesota man convicted in a fatal car crash was freed from prison after a judge ordered a new trial to examine evidence about Toyota's "sticky" accelerator pedals, local media reported.

Criminal record upheld for immigrant
The parents of a Portland man had hoped that a recent Supreme Court ruling would allow their son to return from Vietnam.

Don't judge criminal suspects too quickly
Not everyone who is charged with a crime is guilty.It's tough to remember that sometimes, es

Government urged to release man in line with ECHR ruling
Criminal defense lawyer Jose Herrera has called on the government to abide by a European Courts of Human Rights ruling last month urging the Maltese authorities to release a man who has been held for more than five years for breaching bail conditions.

Pentagon demands WikiLeaks return all leaked documents
The Defense Department has demanded WikiLeaks return all documents belonging to the Pentagon and delete any records of the documents, department spokesman Geoff Morrell said Thursday.

City will help fund inspector's homicide defense
ASPEN The city of Aspen has agreed to fund the criminal defense of retired building inspector Erik Peltonen, who faces four separate charges of criminally negligent homicide in connection with the carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of a Denver family of four over Thanksgiving 2008.

Lawyer wants Ampatuan trial deferred for Ramadan
A defense lawyer in the Ampatuan multiple murder trial on Friday said he would move to temporarily suspend the hearings of both the criminal and administrative cases stemming from the November 23 massacre in Maguindanao, in time for the Islamic month of Ramadan.

'Toyota Defense' Frees Man Jailed in Fatal Car Crash
Koua Fong Lee was released after almost two-and-a-half years in prison.

Government Abuses Computer Crime Law to Boost Criminal Charges
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers asked a federal appeals court Thursday to block the government's attempt to wrongly expand federal computer crime law, turning misdemeanor charges into felonies.

Indictment gives ammo to Allen Boyd foe
By Alex Leary - Fri, Aug 06 2010 Yesterday's indictment of a Washington lobbyist has given the Democratic primary opponent of Congressman Allen Boyd a fresh line of attack. "Congressman Boyd tied to criminal investigation of campaign finance fraud," reads a news release from the Al Lawson campaign. Paul Magliocchetti, once a powerhouse defense contractor lobbyist, was indicted for making illegal ...

Pitkin County offers to pay for inspector's criminal defense
Pitkin County said Wednesday it will offer to pay for the criminal defense of Brian Pawl, a building inspector indicted by a grand jury on four misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment in connection with the carbon monoxide deaths of a family of four in 2008.

Debate continues about whether carbon monoxide case belongs in criminal court
ASPEN, Colorado Pitkin County District Court is now the battleground for a case will be watched carefully by attorneys and building officials around the state.

Anger over Deters' witness secrecy
Defense attorneys say Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is unfairly withholding witness names even when there is no suggestion - much less proof - that they are being intimidated or threatened.

Lobbyist: What stories does he have to tell?
Justice Department prosecutors made it clear in private discussions in recent months that once-prominent lobbyist Paul Magliocchetti could limit his legal exposure if he cooperated fully in a criminal investigation that could eventually spell trouble for members of Congress.

Ledbetter resisting return to Texas dark ages legal system
Johnson County officials want Cody Ledbetter to face the law where he fled it, in Cleburne. But that may not happen soon if a renowned Ottawa criminal defense attorney has his way.

Longtime gymnastics coach Phillip Paige Bishop found guilty of second-degree criminal sexual conduct
"I'd like to say because of this (conviction) his career is over, but I think with the allegation alone, his career was over," said Terry J. Nolan, Bishop's attorney.

Case against ex-Broward commissioner will be handled by Miami-Dade judge
Goal is to avoid perception of widespread corruption The criminal case against former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin has been transferred after the county's chief judge expressed concerns about possible public perception if the matter were handled by a local judge.

At this wedding, the groom wore prison garb
Judge officiates marriage of Easton inmate after ruling against him in criminal case. There were wedding bells in a Northampton County courtroom Friday, but only after the groom finished his criminal proceeding.

Man charged with shooting says it was in self defense
Jess Carsello, 48, of Sarona is charged with one count of 1st degree intentional homicide.

Two Triple-Murder Trials Intersect, Six Years Later
The same judge, chief prosecutor and lead defense lawyer involved in a 2004 triple-murder trial will reunite in the trial of Steven J. Hayes in the Petit family killings in Cheshire, Conn.

Hackensack's former top cop sues police union
HACKENSACK Deposed Police Chief Charles Ken Zisa has filed a lawsuit seeking that the police union pay the legal costs associated with defending various criminal and administrative charges lodged against him.

Deposed Hackensack Chief Zisa suing police union
Deposed Hackensack Police Chief Charles "Ken" Zisa is suing to force the police union to pay legal costs associated with defending various criminal and administrative charges lodged against him.

Miami-Dade judge to handle case against former Broward commissioner
Goal is to avoid perception of widespread corruption The criminal case against former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin has been transferred after the county's chief judge expressed concerns about possible public perception if the matter were handled by a local judge.

Anna Nicole Smith's bodyguard tells of her drug, alcohol abuse in her last days
In the trial of her lawyer and two doctors, Maurice Brighthaupt is aggressively questioned by a defense attorney, who notes his changing statements over time. At first, the pills were a way to calm the nerves, washed down with expensive champagne before she emerged from behind the curtains and did what she did best: be Anna Nicole Smith, basking in camera flashes and adoration.

At wedding, groom wore prison garb
Judge officiates marriage of Easton inmate after ruling against him in criminal case. There were wedding bells in a Northampton County courtroom Friday, but only after the groom finished his criminal proceeding.

Judge hears arguments on motion to dismiss Rent-A-Husband case
PORTLAND - A judge will decide in the coming days whether criminal charges against a well-known Windham businessman should be dismissed or the case should proceed to trial later this year.

Georgia football: Inside linebackers key in new 3-4 defense
ATHENS, Ga. Christian Robinson s teammates at Georgia have taken to calling him Shemar, saying he bears a resemblance to Shemar Moore , an actor on the TV show Criminal Minds .

No verdict in Anderson trial
MARQUETTE - No verdict was reached Friday evening in the second-degree criminal sexual conduct trial of an Ishpeming teacher, with the 12-member jury expected to resume deliberations Monday morning. Jury members began deliberations at around 4:30 p.

Venezuela signals thaw with Colombia, tensions linger
Venezuela's foreign minister will attend the inauguration of Colombia's incoming president, Juan Manuel Santos, on Saturday, signaling a thaw between the Andean neighbors after relations broke over leftist rebels.

Teen shooting suspects held in triple homicide
Criminal charges have been held against two McKeesport teenagers accused of a triple fatal shooting in Crawford Village.

Creek takes witness stand
Taking the witness stand in his own defense Friday, Randall Creek told jurors that he had a temporary flashback to his experience in Operation Desert Storm when he shot Debbie Rediess outside her home.

Spill investigators want to find undersea evidence
Now that BP appears to have vanquished its ruptured well, authorities are turning their attention to gathering evidence from what could amount to a crime scene at the bottom of the sea.

AP Exclusive: CIA flight carried secret from Gitmo
A white, unmarked Boeing 737 landed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before dawn on a CIA mission so secretive, many in the nation's war on terrorism were kept in the dark.

Sex predator gets 14 years
A Waukegan man was sentenced to 14 years in prison by a Lake County judge Friday for the "horrible crimes" of attempted kidnapping and attempted predatory criminal sexual assault.Danny Carbajal, 25, appeared before Associate Judge Daniel Shanes for sentencing. He previously pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping and attempted predatory criminal sexual assault for an incident that occurred almost ...

Man recants plea to sexual assault
Even though he admitted to committing a sex act against an 8-year-old girl when he entered his plea about a year ago, a Glendale Heights man said Friday he was innocent of predatory criminal sexual assault.The sex act Brian Schmidt, 38, was accused of occurred in September 2005. He was arrested in September 2008."I regret I am unable to apologize for these alleged acts because I could not do ...




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