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AVG Threat Labs to Provide Innovative, Free Detection Tools to Internet Community
AMSTERDAM----AVG Technologies, developers of the world’s most popular free anti-virus software, today announced a limited public beta test of its new online tool, AVG Threat Labs. Designed to help consumers combat criminal elements on the Web, Threat Labs is an innovative online information portal that merges the quantitative Web threat detection data that AVG routinely collects from its almost ...

Terror Suspect Resentenced to Life for Brutal Attack on Guard
Terror suspect Mamdouh Mahmud Salim was ordered to serve life in prison Tuesday for a brutal attack that permanently disabled a corrections officer. New York federal Judge Deborah Batts found that a terrorism enhancement under the U.S.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Maes backs off claims of undercover police work
Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes on Tuesday backed away from a claim that, as a police officer 25 years ago, he worked "undercover" with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Man claims self-defense in killing
James Naudon's attorney says his client, who is charged with the murder of Angela Beery, was threatened by her.

Business news: Bank begins recycling effort
LAW George Ripplinger, principal of the law firm Ripplinger and Zimmer LLC, of Belleville and St. Louis, accepted an invitation to be an Illinois member of The American Trial Lawyers Association. Membership is limited to the top 100 trial lawyers from each state. Selection is extended to civil plaintiff and criminal defense attorneys by special invitation. Ripplinger concentrates his practice in ...

Memorial service for Rabon Martin set
A memorial service for Rabon Martin, a colorful and outspoken Tulsa criminal defense attorney who practiced for 40 years in the city, has been set for 2 p.m. Thursday at All Souls Unitarian Church.

Recorded conversations played at fatal-crash trial
Both prosecution and defense rest after second day of testimony in Josh Bombardier's vehicular-manslaughter trial.

Dallas County DA Craig Watkins' role in Collin County sex abuse case under fire
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins is under fire for his role in helping a 10-year-old girl declare that she did not want to pursue charges against the stepfather who molested her.

Terror mystery: Was it just a big mix-up?
Federal officials backed off allegations that two Yemeni men may have been attempting a terrorist criminal act.

Deputy prosecutor pleased with 50-year sentence for ‘Fathead’
“Mr. Caruthers has had a substantial criminal history dating back 30 years, and it’s good to see justice served,” Elder said.

Hearing continued in Moore Street fatal stabbing case
NORRISTOWN — A 40-year-old transgendered man accused of fatally stabbing his boyfriend on Moore Street two weeks ago is still making arrangements to hire a defense attorney and his preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday was postponed.

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. WASHINGTON/POLITICAL For the latest political news: CNN: Obama declares 'combat mission in Iraq has ended' President Obama declared that "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended" in his primetime address Tuesday. "Operation ...

Arnold takes command of sheriff's department
Rutherford County’s new sheriff took office early Wednesday morning ready to face the slew of issues affecting Rutherford County citizens, including a criminal investigation into a fire at the slated site for a Murfreesboro mosque and what he called the “Ron Killings situation.”

Impeach raps vs Gutierrez sufficient in form - House panel
The impeachment complaints filed against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez have passed the first hurdle after the House committee on justice on Wednesday found them sufficient in form.

Acevedo, off to prison for eight years, blames OxyContin for crimes
Former Monroe County School District administrator Monique Acevedo pleaded guilty Tuesday to six felony charges of stealing more than $400,000 from the district when she worked there and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones ordered that be followed by 22 years of probation and payment of $413,012.43 in restitution.

Three local cases in SBI review
ROANOKE RAPIDS — An independent review of the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab has designated three Halifax County cases as needing further review.

With federal case likely, Montco withdraws charges against Mastronardos
COURTHOUSE — The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office has withdrawn charges against two brothers accused of running an illegal sports betting operation. As a result, 60-year-old Joseph V. Mastronardo Jr. and 54-year-old John V. Mastronardo will likely face federal charges.

Woman agrees to plea deal in scissors attack
BRATTLEBORO-- A Guilford woman accused of stabbing a man in the shoulder with a pair of scissors Feb. 21 accepted a plea agreement in the Windham Criminal Division of the Vermont Superior Court Monday.

Downtown may gain code enforcers
Downtown Cumberland may get additional security in the form of code enforcement officers, if a proposal put before the mayor and City Council and discussed at their public meeting Tuesday night is approved.

Witnesses talk about teen’s pregnancy
By Stacy LangleyHuron Daily Tribune CARO — The most compelling testimony during the criminal sexual conduct trial for the former Owendale-Gagetown softball coach was never heard by the jury Wednesday.

Fritz takes the stand to testify
By STACY LANGLEYTribune Staff Writer CARO — The former Owendale-Gagetown softball coach facing 20 counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct took the witness stand in his own defense during the jury trial Thursday afternoon in Tuscola County Circuit Court.

Still no verdict in Fritz case
CARO — After just two and a half hours spent deliberating Friday afternoon in the criminal sexual conduct case involving a former Owendale-Gagetown softball coach, jurors returned to the courtroom without a verdict and looking exhausted.

Dean sentenced to 1 year, 1 day
Cathleen Dean, 53, pleaded guilty to the class C felony charge of negligent homicide Monday afternoon in Southeast District Court. Dean pleaded "not guilty" in December to the Sept. 29 accident on Highway 210 that caused the death of 18-year-old Antoinette Gjesdal.

Thank you
I want to take this time to thank the millions who have kept our goals as Americans on the top of their to do lists. Thanks you to our military ...

Staff Sgt. Matt West dies in Afghanistan
A Gaylord High School alumnus was killed this week in Afghanistan.

Bill Quigley: Another False Ending: Contracting out the Iraq Occupation
Another false ending to the Iraq war is being declared. Nearly seven years after George Bush's infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln,...

Cambodia rights body decries worsening repression as staffer jailed
Phnom Penh - A leading human rights group in Cambodia said Wednesday that activists are operating in an increasingly hostile environment there, characterized by physical violence, illegal arrests and trumped-up criminal charges.

Man, 85, becomes Ill.'s oldest inmate
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- An 85-year-old has become the oldest inmate to enter the Illinois prison system. George Todd began serving a seven-year prison term Tuesday for molesting a 14-year-old girl.

Jailed Governor Ryan Wants Conviction Changed
Lawyers for Ex-Governor George Ryan, who is serving a 6 1/2 year prison sentence for corruption, think their client should go free  --immediately. Ryan's defense attorneys Dan Webb and former governor James Thompson say parts of the conviction... George Ryan - Sentence - Prison - Political corruption - United States

Soap opera actress tearfully denies 'sham marriage'
Closing arguments are set for Wednesday in the trial of Mexican soap opera actress Fernanda Romero on federal charges that her marriage was an illegal sham intended only to earn her a U.S. work permit.

Actress denies 'sham marriage'
Mexican soap star Fernanda Romero tearfully denied entering a sham marriage, saying she really loved her pizza deliveryman husband. Closing arguments are set today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

Dallas County DA Craig Watkins' role in sex abuse case under fire
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins is under fire for his role in helping a 10-year-old girl declare that she did not want to pursue charges against the stepfather who molested her. The first term Democrat testified in a Collin County courtroom last week about actions he took in 2006 while working as a criminal defense attorney.

Judge declares mistrial in Beach murder case
VIRGINIA BEACH A judge declared a mistrial today in the case of a Texas man charged with the slaying of his sister's roommate in Virginia Beach. Circuit Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr. made the ruling because jurors heard mention of defendant Tony Smith's prior criminal record during an interview with a detective that was played in the courtroom.

Sentencing delayed again for parking lot shooter Harry Coleman
A sentencing hearing has been reset for a second time for a Cordova real estate investor who was convicted in July of second-degree murder stemming from a shooting last year over a parking issue.

Clemens on fairways, but lawyers in rough
While Roger Clemens enjoyed cloudless Carolina skies and pristine, manicured fairways, his lawyers were probably poring over the massive number of documents prosecutors turned over in U.S. District Court in Washington on Monday - the beginning stages of t.

Swedish prosecutors re-open rape investigation involving WikiLeaks founder Assange
STOCKHOLM : Swedish authorities on Wednesday reopened a criminal investigation into rape allegations against Julian Assange, the founder of whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

Barrington man, 85, is oldest to enter prison in Illinois
An 85-year-old has become the oldest inmate to enter the Illinois prison system. George Todd began serving a seven-year prison term Tuesday for molesting a 14-year-old girl. The Barrington area man pleaded guilty earlier this year to criminal sexual assault. He admitted molesting the girl in 2009 while she worked at his property. The Illinois Department of Corrections says the oldest previous ...

Man, 85, becomes state's oldest inmate
An 85-year-old has become the oldest inmate to enter the Illinois prison system. George Todd began serving a seven-year prison term Tuesday for molesting a 14-year-old girl. The Barrington-area man pleaded guilty earlier this year to criminal...

Oklahoma City pharmacist's murder trial delayed until Dec. 6
The murder trial of Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland, who shot a masked robber six times in May 2009 inside the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City, is set to begin Dec. 6.

Tony Blair writes in his memoir he cried for Iraq War victims
Tony Blair, as British prime minister, made the decision to send British troops into Iraq in 2003, alongside the US. Tony Blair also said his successor, Gordon Brown, has 'zero' emotional intelligence.

Fritz found guilty of sex crimes
By Amy Joles Editor CARO — Cory D. Fritz is “flabbergasted” and “stunned” that jurors found him guilty of having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to his defense attorney, Kevin Rieman. Jurors found Fritz, 27, of Sebewaing ...

Lawyers Leveraging Web-Based Software
Small law offices and solo attorneys tap software-as-a-service.

Cambodia: International Groups Condemn Sentencing of Local Rights Staffer
Source: Human Rights Watch (New York) - Four international human rights organizations urged the Cambodian government to immediately release Leang Sokchouen, staff person of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of ...

DoD confirms soldier's death
The Department of Defense confirmed the death of a Gaylord High School graduate killed in Afghanistan.

Iran: Release Rights Activist; Guarantee a Fair Trial
Source: Human Rights Watch (New York) - Iran's Judiciary should ensure that human rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari receives a fair trial, Human Rights Watch said today, including full access to a lawyer, adequate time to ...

She rebuts accusations that she used influence to aid a bank in which her husband had a financial interest.
In her most spirited defense against ethics charges, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) denied Friday that she had used her influence to aid a bank in which her husband has a financial interest, and attacked ethics investigators for drawing the wrong conclusion from her lifetime of work to aid minority-owned businesses.

Colorado Army post says suicide rate is falling amid preventive efforts by military
The suicide rate among soldiers at Fort Carson is on track to drop by about 45 percent this year compared with 2008, as the U.S. military takes steps to ease what has been an increasing problem....

Case against Krpan to remain in Sycamore court
SYCAMORE – The criminal case against local developer Ivan Krpan can be heard in the DeKalb County branch of the 16th Judicial Circuit, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Felicia Wallace agrees to plea agreement in stabbing
An Oshkosh woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend during an argument last spring agreed to terms of a plea agreement.

Colorado Army post says suicide rate is falling
The suicide rate among soldiers at Fort Carson is on track to drop by about 45 percent this year compared with 2008, as the U.S. military takes steps to ease what has been an increasing problem.

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