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Criminal Defense News 03/2011



Phila. public defender says her group was allowed no input in court changes
The head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia complained Monday that her organization had been cut out of the process as justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the city's district attorney imposed sweeping changes in the Philadelphia criminal justice system.

San Francisco Criminal Lawyer Organizing Panel On Medical Marijuana Defense
San Francisco criminal lawyer, Angeli Raven Fitch, Esq., founder of the Fitch Law Office, is organizing the second panel of a four-part series on the Government Response to Medical Cannabis Operations to be held April 13 in San Francisco. This panel will address issues associated with medical marijuana defense and the protection of rights to medical marijuana patients. (PRWeb March 01, 2011 ...

Cost of Davis defense could top $1 million
BARTOW -- Legal expenses to defend condemned murderer Leon Davis Jr. are expected to surpass $1 million, a circuit judge predicted Monday.

San Francisco Criminal Lawyer Organizing Panel On Medical Marijuana Defense
San Francisco criminal lawyer, Angeli Raven Fitch, Esq., founder of the Fitch Law Office, is organizing the second panel of a four-part series on the Government Response to Medical Cannabis Operations to be held April 13 in San Francisco. This panel will address issues associated with medical marijuana defense and the protection of rights to medical marijuana patients.

Judge shoots down DeChristopher defense -- again
The trial of an environmental activist accused of disrupting a controversial federal oil and gas lease auction near some of Utah's most pristine redrock country is now in its first day of testimony.

This is a Lecture On Legal Issues
Abstract: Those who commit real crimes should be prosecuted and appropriately punished. But the question of what kind of conduct is deserving of criminal punishment has become increasingly muddled in federal law.

D.J. Rivera cops plea in theft
Former Binghamton University basketball standout D.J. Rivera has pleaded guilty to one felony count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Defense seeks new trial for convicted murderer in Chandra Levy case
WASHINGTON — The man sentenced to 60 years in prison for killing former Modestan Chandra Levy is now appealing his conviction with the help of a Harvard Law School graduate.

Nevermind
Baltimore dockworker Michael Thames has dodged drug-related criminal charges before, but none as severe as the federal cocaine indictment brought against him last fall by a grand jury. On Feb. 24, U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz granted Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Block’s dismissal of the indictment in an order that provided no explanation as to why. Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office ...

Prosecutor may seek death for Phila. abortion doctor
Philadelphia prosecutors will file legal notice Wednesday that they are considering seeking the death penalty for accused abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, a spokesman for the district attorney's office has confirmed.

Criminal defense experts open office
The criminal defense firm Bugden & Isaacson has opened an office in Park City. The two, most famous for representing FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, said

Zisa may access PBA legal defense funds
Suspended Hackensack Police Chief Charles "Ken" Zisa is allowed to access union legal protection plan benefits for his defense against criminal and administrative charges, according to a ruling by a state Superior Court judge.

Judge Dee Benson rules against defense motion in Tim DeChristopher trial
SALT LAKE CITY — The trial of activist Tim DeChristopher took an abrupt turn Tuesday afternoon when Judge Dee Benson agreed to hear new arguments that relate to the credibility of a botched Bureau of Land Management auction.

Suspect's lawyer has storied past in criminal defense
According to his website, Odom is annually named a Texas Monthly’s Super Lawyer and recipient of Martindale- Hubbell’s highest ratings.

Tougher NC DWI Laws Mean More Supervision Over Repeat Offenders
A Raleigh criminal defense attorney said lawmakers need to look at more options when addressing North Carolina’s driving while impaired laws.

U.S.: Deport Liberian alleged war criminal
BATAVIA, N.Y., March 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is trying to deport a longtime upstate New York resident who allegedly headed a group that committed atrocities in Liberia.

Alleged Liberian War Criminal May Face U.S. Deportation
The U.S. government is trying to deport a longtime upstate New York resident who allegedly headed a group that committed atrocities in Liberia. An immigration judge in Batavia, N.Y., has been hearing testimony this week about George Boley Sr., The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle reported.

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Criminal Trial Delayed for Jackson Doctor
Involuntary manslaughter trial for doctor charged in Jackson's death delayed until May

Federal Prosecutors Under Investigation For Alleged Obstruction Of Justice In Hoa Probe
Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Las Vegas are under criminal investigation, suspected of leaking sensitive information about the probe of massive fraud involving valley homeowners associations. The leaks being investigated by the Justice

Lessons to learn from crime investigation
Today Sports Illustrated and CBS News unveiled the results of an unprecedented investigation into the backgrounds of college football players. More than a dozen reporters, writers, researchers, editors, producers worked on the project.

SI/CBS News Special: Criminal Records In College Football
Here's their release. CBS is blowing this out, too. NEW YORK, NY (3.2.11) -  A six-month Sports Illustrated/CBS News investigation into the criminal backgrounds of 2,837 student-athletes who comprised the rosters of SI's 2010 preseason top 25 revealed that 7% (1 in every 14) have police records and nearly 40% of the alleged offenses were serious incidents.  Equally as eye-opening, just two of ...

Lessons to learn
Today Sports Illustrated and CBS News unveiled the results of an unprecedented investigation into the backgrounds of college football players. More than a dozen reporters, writers, researchers, editors, producers worked on the project.

NCAA Football Crime Report Alarming
A six-month Sports Illustrated/CBS News investigation into the criminal backgrounds of 2,837 student-athletes who comprised the rosters of SI's 2010 preseason Top 25 revealed 7 percent (1 in every 14) have police records and nearly 40 percent of the alleged crimes were serious incidents.

Alarming Numer of College Football Players have Criminal Records
CBS/SI investigation spanned six months and looked at 28-hundred student athletes

Legal Pitfalls
The prosecution of naturalized American citizen Xue Feng, which concluded on February 18, is a vivid reminder that China's abuses of criminal justice can reach even those who steer clear of politics and human rights.

Defense: Sweat lodge deaths 'tragic' accident
An attorney for a motivational speaker charged with manslaughter told Arizona jurors Wednesday there's no way his client could have predicted the deaths of three people following a sweat lodge ceremony he led near Sedona.

A Pawn in Their Game
How the Justice Department Uses the Media Frequent sparring-partners Glenn Greenwald and Jack Goldsmith have, on their respective blogs, a thought-provoking back-and-forth on the role of patriotism in the American press.

Argument recap: Scalia for the defense
Justice Scalia works diligently to see that the Court does not ease off again on a strict enforcement of the Sixth Amendment's Confrontation Clause.

Update: Craig Adams arrested in real estate flipping case
Craig Adams, the organizer of one of Sarasota County's largest fraudulent property flipping rings,

Judge delays criminal trial for Jackson doctor
A judge has postponed the trial of a doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death until early May.

Judge delays criminal trial for Jackson doctor
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has postponed the trial of a doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death until early May. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor announced the delay Wednesday after meeting in chambers with prosecutors, defense attorneys, and Dr. Conrad Murray.

Manning hit with 22 additional criminal charges
Army private who allegedly supplied WikiLeaks with classified documents is facing 22 additional criminal charges that include a possible death penalty, the U.S. military says today.

Manning hit with 22 additional criminal charges
Army private who allegedly supplied WikiLeaks with classified documents is facing 22 additional criminal charges that include a possible death penalty, the U.S. military says today.

Manning hit with 22 additional criminal charges
Alleged Wiki-leaking Army private is facing 22 additional criminal charges that include a possible death penalty, the U.S. military said today.

Judge delays criminal trial for Jackson doctor
A doctor charged in the death of Michael Jackson will have to wait a while longer for his trial after a judge on Wednesday postponed opening statements until May.

City moves to block payments
Concern is that attorneys for ADI executives not be paid with money that could be tainted.

Moammar Khadafy 'on notice' for war crimes, says top prosecutor for International Criminal Court
The Libyan ambassador to the U.S. admitted Thursday that his former boss, Moammar Khadafy, was behind the deadly Lockerbie bombing.

Florida Bans Bath Salts Containing Drug Similar To Cocaine: Melbourne Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses the ...
As Florida cracks down on a synthetic version of the stimulant MDPV, also known as “Vanilla Sky,” “Ivory Wave” and “White Rush,” which was legally sold as bath salts in stores across the state, attorney Mark S. Germain examines the punishments for selling and possessing the newly banned drug. (PRWeb March 03, 2011) Read the full story at (link) Ban ...

Criminal trial delayed for Jackson doctor
Jury selection in the trial of a cardiologist facing criminal charges in the death of Michael Jackson gets under way later this month, but opening statements have been postponed until May.

Criminal Trial Delayed for Jackson Doctor
Involuntary manslaughter trial for doctor charged in Jackson's death delayed until May

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Cahners & Samuels Open New Office in San Jose, CA
The California criminal defense law firm of Cahners & Samuels opens a new office to serve its criminal defense clients in the San Jose area . (PRWeb March 03, 2011) Read the full story at (link) prweb8163237.htm

NH revisiting use of deadly force
New Hampshire lawmakers are considering expanding citizens' right to use deadly force in self-defense. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hold hearings Thursday on legislation to let people use deadly force without first attempting to retreat. People also could protect themselves anywhere they have a right to be.

Criminal trial delayed for Jackson doctor
Jury selection in the trial of a cardiologist facing criminal charges in the death of Michael Jackson gets under way later this month, but opening statements have been postponed until May.

Florida Bans Bath Salts Containing Drug Similar To Cocaine: Melbourne Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses the ...
As Florida cracks down on a synthetic version of the stimulant MDPV, also known as “Vanilla Sky,” “Ivory Wave” and “White Rush,” which was legally sold as bath salts in stores across the state, attorney Mark S. Germain examines the punishments for selling and possessing the newly banned drug.

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Cahners & Samuels Open New Office in San Jose, CA
The California criminal defense law firm of Cahners & Samuels opens a new office to serve its criminal defense clients in the San Jose area.

SAP could face criminal case from new Bay Area AG
SAP AG has been ordered to pay Oracle Corp $1.3 billion for stealing files in Silicon Valley's priciest legal controversy -- and San Francisco's top federal prosecutor may raise the stakes even more.

SAP could face criminal case from new Bay Area AG
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - SAP AG has been ordered to pay Oracle Corp $1.3 billion for stealing files in Silicon Valley's priciest legal controversy -- and San Francisco's top federal prosecutor may...

Criminal trial delayed for Jackson doctor
Jury selection in the trial of a cardiologist facing criminal charges in the death of Michael Jackson gets under way later this month, but opening statements have been postponed until May.

Rajaratnam trial jury jeopardized by SEC: defense
Lawyers for Galleon hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam accused U.S. market regulators of polluting the jury pool for his insider trading trial by filing charges, a week before jury selection, against a friend who is also a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director.




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