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Criminal Defense News 02/2011



Man Convicted Of Criminal Threatening Asks For Pardon
Family, friends and supporters of a man convicted of criminal threatening packed the Executive Council chambers Tuesday as he asked to be released from jail.

Jury deadlocked over Hamlet's mock murder trial
A notorious criminal case that waited 400 years to go before a jury resulted in no definite answer to the question of whether the defendant — Hamlet Prince of Denmark — was sane when he committed murder.

Judge Issues Ruling on Widmer Witness Jennifer Crew
Defense can question woman, who says Ryan Widmer confessed to wife's death, about parts of her criminal past

Defense can ask Widmer mystery witness about past convictions, judge rules
LEBANON — The judge in the Ryan Widmer trial ruled today the defense can question Jennifer Crew about her criminal convictions.Crew, 36, a former manager at an Iowa gentlemen’s club, is expected to testify an inebriated Widmer confessed to her during a phone conversation that he killed his wife, Sarah Widmer, and what led him to do it.

Senate ethics panel hires outside counsel in Ensign probe
In an unprecedented move, the Senate ethics committee announced it's tapped an outside special counsel to look into whether Nevada Sen. John Ensign broke ethics rules in attempting to cover up an affair with the wife of a former staffer. Per the Las Vegas Sun's Jon Ralston, the committee has hired D.C. attorney Carol Elder [... ]

Bathtub in courtroom for testimony in Widmer trial
LEBANON — The judge in the Ryan Widmer trial ruled today the defense can question Jennifer Crew about her criminal convictions.Crew, 36, a former manager at an Iowa gentlemen’s club, is expected to testify an inebriated Widmer confessed to her during a phone conversation that he killed his wife, Sarah Widmer, and what led him to do it.

A.J. Cook Returning to Criminal Minds — for One Episode
A.J. Cook will return to Criminal Minds for one episode, a source tells TVGuide.com. Check out photos of A.J. Cook Cook, 32, is due back on the set this week to reprise her role as agent and media liaison Jennifer "JJ" Jareau for Paget Brewster 's final episode. "Heading back to Criminal Minds for @pagetpaget final episode," she tweeted Tuesday. "@GUBLERNATION [ Matthew Gray Gubler ] is ...

A.J. Cook Returning to Criminal Minds ? for One Episode
A.J. Cook will return to Criminal Minds for one episode, a source tells TVGuide.com. Check out photos of A.J. Cook Cook, 32, is due back on the set this week to reprise her role as agent and media liaison Jennifer "JJ" Jareau for Paget Brewster's final ...

Mass. judges agree to bar court photos of suspects
For years, suspects in criminal cases in Massachusetts have shielded themselves from courtroom cameras by pulling...

Casey Prosecutors Face Crucial Stumbling Block
With a defense witness seemingly discredited and the past of the man who found Caylee's remains thrown out from the trial, is the case a slam dunk for prosecutors?

RivCo Supervisors approve three contracts for defense attorney services
The board unanimously signed off on 17-month contracts with the Riverside-based law offices of Virginia Blumenthal, Criminal Defense Lawyers Inc. and Indio-based attorney Barbara Brand.

Justice for All: How Other Places Are Running Their Public Defender Systems (Without Closing Doors)
In this segment of our series “Justice for All: The Missouri Public Defender System in Crisis,” we’re taking a tour of the United States to see how other places are running their public defender systems—and what Missouri might learn from them. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

Supervisors approve indigent defense work contracts to three firms
Tuesday, February 1 st , 2011 Issue 05, Volume 15. RIVERSIDE - Indigent defense work originally intended for one Riverside County law firm will instead go to three, under contracts approved today by the Board of Supervisors in a compromise resulting from concerns about fairness.

World/nation briefs
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Senate Ethics Committee has appointed Carol Elder Bruce, a veteran criminal defense lawyer, as special counsel to lead the investigation into activities connected to Sen. John Ensign's affair with political aide Cynthia Hampton.

REGION: At long last, Riverside County awards criminal defense contract
It took almost a year, but Riverside County officials have resolved a bitter dispute over who the county should hire to represent poor people accused of crimes when the public defender can't because of a conflict of interest.

J.J. Returns to 'Criminal Minds' to Send Away Emily
A.J. Cook confirmed that she is reprising the role for an episode which would see the last of Paget Brewster 's Emily.

Clemens due in court to plan for Pettitte on stand
Baseball standout Roger Clemens told a federal judge Wednesday that he waives any conflict of interest that may arise from his lead criminal defense attorney briefly representing his former-teammate-turned-accuser Andy Pettitte.

Lawyers say photos unfair to clients
BOSTON - For years, suspects in criminal cases in Massachusetts have shielded themselves from courtroom cameras by pulling hoods over their heads or positioning themselves in courthouse nooks where they can't be seen.

Ruling allows defense to ask about mystery witness's prior convictions
LEBANON, Ohio - The judge in the Ryan Widmer murder trial issued an important ruling Tuesday on a motion filed by the defense. Judge Neal Bronson ruled to allow the defense to question Jennifer Crew about her criminal background.

Department of Defense report outlines contractor fraud
By Theo Emery, Globe Staff UPDATED, 5: 02 p.m. More than 100 military contractors providing everything from aircraft to...

Clemens waives any conflict involving attorney
WASHINGTON (AP) - Baseball standout Roger Clemens told a federal judge Wednesday that he waives any conflict of interest that may arise from his lead criminal defense attorney briefly representing his former-teammate-turned-accuser Andy Pettitte.

Roger Clemens: No concerns over lawyer's Pettitte advice
Roger Clemens says he's not concerned that his attorney briefly represented his former-teammate-turned-accuser Andy Pettitte.

Roger Clemens stands by his lawyer
Roger Clemens is in federal court today to learn whether his defense attorney has a conflict of interest in his upcoming criminal trial.

Judge bars Clemens' lawyer from questioning another ex-player at trial
A federal judge has blocked the lead defense attorney for Roger Clemens from questioning Andy Pettitte, the ex-baseball star's longtime teammate and friend, once his client's criminal trial starts in July.

Clemens waives attorney-based Pettitte conflict
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roger Clemens told a federal judge Wednesday that he waives any conflict of interest that may arise from his lead criminal defense attorney briefly representing his former-teammate-turned-accuser Andy Pettitte.

Clemens waives attorney-based Pettitte conflict
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roger Clemens told a federal judge Wednesday that he waives any conflict of interest that may arise from his lead criminal defense attorney briefly representing his former-teammate-turned-accuser Andy Pettitte.

Billions paid to companies that defrauded Pentagon
(02-02) 14:57 PST WASHINGTON, CA (AP) -- Hundreds of defense companies that defrauded the U.S. military between 2007 and 2009 still received $285 billion in contracts from the Pentagon during the same period, a U.S....

Clemens waives conflict with attorney (AP)
WASHINGTON (AP)—Baseball standout Roger Clemens told a federal judge Wednesday that he waives any conflict of interest that may arise from his lead criminal defense attorney briefly representing his former-teammate-turned-accuser Andy Pettitte (notes) . In December 2007, Houston lawyer Rusty Hardin briefly advised both players just before the release of a report alleging they used performance ...

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Clemens waives potential conflict involving lawyer
Baseball standout Roger Clemens told a federal judge Wednesday that he waives any conflict of interest that may arise from his lead criminal defense attorney briefly representing his former-teammate-turned-accuser Andy Pettitte.

Clemens: There's no conflict
By Nedra Pickler Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Baseball standout Roger Clemens told a federal judge yesterday that he waives any conflict of interest that may arise from his lead criminal defense attorney briefly representing his former-teammate-turned-accuser Andy Pettitte.

Redskins Owner Suing DC Newspaper
Redskins owner Dan Snyder filed a suit against a weekly Washington, D.C. newspaper late Wednesday in which he is seeking $2 million in damages over a series of articles dating back to 2009 that he claims libeled and defamed him. Jon Katz is a civil liberties and criminal defense lawyer with his own law firm in Silver Spring. He joined us to talk about the implications of the lawsuit.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers, Matian and Moaddel, Explain the Advantages of Expunging Criminal Records
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer Shawn F. Matian, Esq., and Daniel Moaddel, Esq., recognize that everyone makes mistakes, but assert that even after a criminal conviction, there's a possibility to redeem one's image.

Mass. judges agree to bar courtroom photos of suspects
BOSTON &151; For years, suspects in criminal cases in Massachusetts have shielded themselves from courtroom cameras by pulling hoods over their heads or positioning themselves in courthouse nooks where they can't be seen.

Judge: Ex-con competent for trial in Dugard kidnap
A California judge ruled Thursday that a man charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years is competent to stand trial.

Judge Rules Dugard Kidnap Suspect Competent To Stand Trial
A judge has ruled that the man charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years is competent to stand trial.

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Ohio State recruit Chris Carter's attorney doesn't think there's a case against the three-star recruit, he told The Lantern on Thursday. "As a criminal defense attorney," said Harvey Bruner, Carter's lawyer, "I don't believe there's anything."

Judge denies motion to suppress evidence in criminal sexual conduct case
A judge has denied a motion to suppress evidence taken from a home as part of an investigation into an Orion Township code enforcement officer accused of sexually assaulting a girl who was younger than 13.

Perdue hires defense lawyers
Gov. Bev Perdue has hired two of the state's most prominent criminal defense lawyers as scrutiny of her 2008 campaign activity continues.

Judge to decide scope of Mark Goudeau's defense
Evidentiary hearings this week will help determine the kind of criminal defense that can be waged by Mark Goudeau, the man accused of being the Baseline Killer.

Judge to decide scope of Mark Goudeau's defense
Evidentiary hearings this week will help determine the kind of criminal defense that can be waged by Mark Goudeau, the man accused of being the Baseline Killer.

Criminal charge filed in fatal Montana crash
A 27-year-old man allegedly involved in an August 2010 fatal vehicle crash has been charged in Fifth Judicial District Court in Madison County, Mont. According to court records, Louis Austin Schardine has been charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence, a felony. The charging document alleges Schardine “negligently caused the death of Sarah Fleming while operating a motor vehicle.”

Perdue hires defense lawyers
Gov. Bev Perdue has hired two of the state's most prominent criminal defense lawyers as scrutiny of her 2008 campaign activity continues.

Investigation into criminal cases on Didenko, Filipchuk completed
The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have completed pre-trial investigations into criminal cases opened against former First Deputy Head of Naftogaz Ukrainy Ihor Didenko and former Environment Minister Heorhiy Filipchuk respectively.

Random Ridiculousness: Teenager Arrested For Throwing Snowballs At Mailman
Since when are snowballs considered a “criminal weapon”? A snowball attack on a Brooklyn mailman got a teenager arrested when the horseplay turned violent, cops said Thursday. Walter Ward, 16, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon – snowballs – and assault. “He’s innocent and looks forward to the opportunity to resolve this matter,” [...]

Convention Distraction for Democrats?
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue's (D) "has hired two of the state's most prominent criminal defense lawyers as scrutiny of her 2008 campaign activity continues," the Raleigh News and Observer reports. The Hotline : "The investigation could draw unwanted scrutiny for North Carolina Democrats next year, at the worst possible time. Home state governors are typically featured front and center at ...

Military: No Criminal Charges in ND Shooting
North Dakota prosecutors at the insistence of the military declined to pursue criminal charges against a Minot Air Force Base staff sergeant who shot and severely wounded a subordinate airman during a weapons training exercise at an off-base gun range near the city.

Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd Announces Publication of "What is Reasonable Doubt"
HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - February 4, 2011) - In an effort to reduce the growing number of wrongful convictions, Houston Criminal Lawyer John Floyd calls for Texas Legislature to define Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

Could dad of murdered teens be forced to pay defense costs?
His teenaged children are dead. His wife is charged with their murders. And although 50-year-old Julie Schenecker has currently been assigned a public defender, the court may order her to get her own lawyer. Forcing her - them - to pay for it.

'Millionaire Murder' Victim: Too Drugged For Suicide?
New evidence in the Isleworth millionaire murder case could support a risky defense strategy, a legal expert said.




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