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Michael Jackson Concert Tours on Trial
Filed under: Michael Jackson , Conrad Murray , Celebrity Justice TMZ has learned ... Michael Jackson 's weakened state during various concert tours throughout his life -- as well as preparations for the London concerts that never took place -- could become powerful evidence in the defense of Dr. Conrad Murray .… Read more

Fewer lawyers in the House
BOSTON -- While next week's swearing-in ceremonies on Beacon Hill will usher in the most freshmen state legislators in a decade and double the number of Republicans in the House, another change is getting attention -- fewer lawyers.

Dr. Conrad Murray's Defense Might Have Compelling Evidence
Kelly Marrone Jackson was under serious pressure in the final years of his life. Sources close to the criminal case against Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, told TMZ there is “compelling evidence” that Jackson was in weakened health whenever he went on tour. People who were on tour with him, including the “Bad” and “Dangerous” concerts, say that he was frequently “dehydrated, medicated ...

Virginia's deportation cases hinge on quirk in law
By Tom Jackman A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that noncitizens in criminal cases must be advised of the possible consequences of a conviction has sparked a flurry of appeals by defendants who claim that they didn't know that conviction would lead to deportation.

Colorful defense lawyer works for clean shot at justice
In a gray courthouse where black-robed judges direct traffic for lawyers in black or blue suits who argue their cases in black or white, the cascade of color streaking off Linda Parisi comes as a shock.

Nodine trial set Feb. 28
BAY MINETTE, Ala. — A Baldwin County circuit judge has placed the retrial of Stephen Nodine on the Feb. 28 criminal jury trial docket, but the prosecution or defense can request an extension.

Defense attorneys for police officers accused in probe file a flurry of motions.
Defense attorneys for police officers accused of conspiracy and perjury have filed a flurry of motions asking for proof of an actual police conspiracy and asking the presiding federal judge to combine ...

The defense rests
Ron Valentine is stepping down as Wayne County’s public defender after 40 years.

After rehab release, more uncertainty for Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is scheduled to be released from a rehab center Monday into another year of uncertainty.

Criminal courts to start year in sprint
Crime and punishment will return to Sonoma County courts in a series of high-profile cases following the New Year's break.

Law movers: January 3, 2011
Seven members of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, in Baltimore have been named Maryland Super Lawyers for 2011: David B. Applefeld, construction litigation; Michael G. Hendler, F. Kirk Kolodner and Marc B. Noren, family law; Jerald B. Lurie and David B. Rudow, business/corporate; and Andrew Radding, criminal defense: white collar. Hendler was selected among the [...]

Lie detector test at issue in theft case involving former school bookkeeper
If the results of a polygraph test can put you on a suspect list and send you back to prison, why can't they be used to set you free?

Virginia deportation cases hinge on quirk In law
By Tom Jackman A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that noncitizens in criminal cases must be advised of the possible consequences of a conviction has sparked a flurry of appeals by defendants who claim that they didn't know that conviction would lead to deportation.

A defense lawyer for the deaf
A defense lawyer for the deaf

Yonkers man to go on trial in death of firefighter
For the family of Yonkers firefighter Patrick Joyce Jr., who died fighting a house fire 15 months ago, the past two holidays have been difficult.

New Santa Clara County district attorney has tough job ahead
Jeff Rosen’s first priority, say many critics of his predecessor, Dolores Carr, should be to take a less imperious attitude into dealings with the many stakeholders in the criminal justice system.

New year brings changes to Calhoun County courthouse
Three out of the eight district and circuit judges whose chambers are in the courthouse will say their goodbyes Jan. 18 as new, fresh faces take the place of years of courthouse experience.

Casey Anthony defense team blasted for 'willful violation' of evidence rules
Judge Belvin Perry blasted attorney Jose Baez for missing a deadline to provide info about defense experts. The Casey Anthony defense team was just slapped for a "willful violation" of rules dealing with information about defense experts. Chief Judge Belvin Perry ordered Casey Anthony defense attorney Jose Baez to pay an undetermined amount.

Hrymchak asks prosecutor general to remove investigator in Lutsenko case
Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense MP Yuriy Hrymchak has asked Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka to remove the investigator who is leading a criminal case opened against former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko.

Casey Anthony defense team blasted for 'willful violation' of evidence rules
Judge Belvin Perry blasted attorney Jose Baez for missing a deadline to provide info about defense experts. Chief Judge Belvin Perry gave the attorneys handling the Casey Anthony case a vivid analogy to explain the rules of criminal procedure and the exchange of discovery information Monday.

Biazon seeks House rules amendment
AS House members were divided on what to do with a colleague facing illegal drugs charges in Hong Kong, Muntinlupa City Rep. Rodolfo Biazon yesterday sought amendments to internal House rules affecting congressmen facing any criminal charges. Biazon, chairman of the House defense committee, said expulsion should be the punishment for a House member convicted of a criminal offense, especially if ...

Stanley Tolliver dies; was school board president and leading lawyer
The dapper, jocular Tolliver sported a big collection of wide-brimmed hats. But many protesters and criminal suspects relied on his serious side.

Judge throws out murder charge against man from Jerico Springs MO
STOCKTON, Mo. -- A Cedar County judge believes an elderly man acted in self-defense when he shot and killed a younger man who was coming at him last April. Associate Circuit Judge Joseph Phillips dismissed charges of first-degree murder, second-degree assault and armed criminal action against Sammie Harris, 84, for the death of Patrick Cox, 34, last April.

WikiLeaks debate
The recent leak of classified documents by WikiLeaks doesn’t show that Julian Assange needs to be punished, but that there has to be a complete investigation not only of the State Department and the Department of Defense in their management of classified documents, but of the U.S. government's cover-up of widespread torture around the world.

Longtime Santa Cruz attorney Steve Wright dies at 59
SANTA CRUZ — Longtime criminal defense attorney Steve Wright, known as a straight shooter in the courtroom and second father to many young people he helped through the legal system, passed away unexpectedly while on a family vacation in Reno, Nev.

Judge will rule if doc is tried in Jackson's death
A doctor who had been hired for a dream job as Michael Jackson's highly paid private physician now has his reputation in tatters and his future on the line as he faces a preliminary hearing to decide if he will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson.

Casey Anthony's Attorney Blasted for 'Willful Violation'
Judge Belvin Perry blasted attorney Jose Baez for missing a deadline to provide info about defense experts. The defense team for accused killer Casey Anthony has been blasted by a judge for "willful violation" of evidence rules.

Geneva City Councilman Rufus Lee Criminal Case
geneva city councilman rufus lee made a court appearance today on misdemeanor charges filed in december 2010.

Hearing Could Reveal New Details in Jackson's Death
A preliminary hearing against Michael Jackson's death, could reveal new details in the singer's death.

Any respect for international law left in the US Congress?
BEIRUT -- Last week marked the second anniversary of among the most savage criminal slaughters of human life in long memory.

Attorney Skahan leaving private practice to lead criminal counsel team
When asked in a newspaper questionnaire last fall to list his favorite legal case, then-judicial candidate Gerald Skahan cited one involving a lawyer whose clients were widely despised by the public.

Loudoun County Criminal Law Attorney Caleb A. Kershner Launches Website
The criminal defense law firm of Caleb A. Kershner recently launched a website to make it easier than ever to connect with an experienced Leesburg criminal and personal injury attorney or get answers to basic legal questions. (PRWeb January 04, 2011) Read the full story at (link) prweb8043025.htm

Blacklist cleared in underage sex scandal
Sixteen government officials accused of having sex with high school students will not face criminal charges, prosecutors say

Longtime Santa Cruz defense attorney Steve Wright dies at age 59
SANTA CRUZ -- Longtime criminal defense attorney Steve Wright, known as a straight shooter in the courtroom and second father to many young people he helped through the legal system, died unexpectedly Thursday while on a family vacation in Reno, Nev.

Loudoun County Criminal Law Attorney Caleb A. Kershner Launches Website
The criminal defense law firm of Caleb A. Kershner recently launched a website to make it easier than ever to connect with an experienced Leesburg criminal and personal injury attorney or get answers to basic legal questions.

First African American named to lead L.A. County public defender's office
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors formally appointed a veteran county lawyer Tuesday to lead the public defender’s office, an agency that oversees more than 700 defense attorneys who represent indigent defendants in criminal court. The appointment of Assistant...

Bruning unveils legislative agenda
Attorney GeneralJon Bruning unveiled his 2011 legislative package on Tuesday,aiming to ban popular synthetic-type marijuana, limitpost-conviction criminal appeals and eliminate the criminal defenseof insanity by voluntary intoxication.

UPDATE: Prosecutors agree to postpone Allen Stanford trial
HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. prosecutors agreed to postpone the scheduled Jan. 24 criminal trial of financier R. Allen Stanford, who is accused of leading a $7.2-billion investment fraud scheme, Bloomberg News reports.

Defense Wants Casey's Universal Trip With Detectives Tossed
Casey Anthony's defense attorneys are making a new push to have further evidence tossed out of the trial.

Stanford trial postponed
HOUSTON - Prosecutors have agreed to postpone the scheduled January 24 criminal trial of disgraced financier Allen Stanford, who is accused of leading a US$7 billion investment fraud scheme.

No Criminal Complaint Filed Against Embattled Jefferson County Coach
WTRF spoke with Jefferson County Prosecutor Tom Strauss one-on-one.

Captain Honors' fate up in the air
Two military criminal defense attorneys sat down with WAVY.com to explain the investigation process.

L.A. County supervisors appoint head of public defender's office
Ronald L. Brown will be the first African American to supervise the office of more than 700 defense attorneys that represents indigent defendants. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors formally appointed a veteran county lawyer Tuesday to lead the public defender's office, an agency that employs more than 700 defense attorneys who represent indigent defendants in criminal court.

Reasonable defense: Beyond Ward Bird
Legislators this session will debate what measures, if any, should be taken to clarify state law regarding the use of firearms in defense of one's property. A Manchester incident on Monday night provides another example of how tricky this issue can be.

Army lieutenant colonel pleads guilty to defrauding the government
A Germantown man will be sentenced in March for submitting more than $150,000 in false travel expenses to the U.S. Department of Defense. Kenneth J. Morilak, 43, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in December.

Attorney General Jon Bruning Backs Voluntary Intoxication Bill
Voluntary Intoxication is a legitimate legal defense in Nebraska. But that could soon change.

UPDATE: Prosecutors agree to postpone Allen Stanford trial
HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. prosecutors agreed to postpone the scheduled Jan. 24 criminal trial of financier R. Allen Stanford, who is accused of leading a $7.2-billion investment fraud scheme, Bloomberg News reports.

SouthernCaliforniaDefenseBlog.com Ranked Most Popular California Defense Blog Among ABA Journal Online Readers
The Southern California Defense Blog, by Wallin & Klarich, was ranked the most popular California defense blog among ABA Journal Readers. The results are based on the number of times ABA readers have visited the descriptions of these blogs. (PRWeb January 05, 2011) Read the full story at (link) prweb4938494.htm

Doron Weinberg Joins Trial Team in Guam Election Lawsuit
Highly regarded San Francisco criminal defense attorney represents Gutierrez-Aguon team in effort to void election certification

BuckleySandler Elects Four New Partners & Promotes Three Attorneys to Counsel
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - January 5, 2011) - BuckleySandler LLP , a leading financial services and criminal & civil enforcement defense law firm with offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and New York, has announced the election of four attorneys to the firm's partnership, effective January 1, 2011. The firm has also promoted three associates to the position of counsel.




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