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Criminal Defense News 05/2011



Sussex County Community College to hold Criminal Justice Academy this summer
Newton Sussex County Community College will again host the Criminal Justice Academy this summer from July 5 to 8.

Oklahoma lawmakers keep punishing as prisons fill
SEAN MURPHY Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY With a decimated state budget and spending on state prisons approaching nearly a half-billion dollars each year, legislative leaders in Oklahoma are pushing for changes to the state's criminal sentencing policies to keep more nonviolent criminals out of the state's overcrowded prisons. But while Republican leaders are pushing for these sentencing ...

Public defense again sought for alleged Nazi war criminal
CLEVELAND -- The federal public defender's office in Cleveland filed a motion Friday asking to be re-appointed as co-counsel for alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk, claiming the retired auto worker's trial in Germany has been tainted by a secret FBI report uncovered by The Associated Press.

On being judged
Last week, Beacon Press published my memoir, In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate, in which I describe my career as a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer. The book opens with the 1975 trial of Susan Saxe, an antiwar activist charged with robbery and murder when she was 25 and I was 29. It ends some 20 ...

Challenging Assault Case Taken On By Rory Durkin, Minnesota Criminal Lawyer
Cottage Grove - Andrew Hagen, 20, of Maplewood, has felony charges of third-degree assault filed against him for punching Anthony Robinson, 24 at a Cottage Grove house party. Robinson hit his head on the ground after falling to the ground from being punched. A traumatic head injury put Robinson into a coma. Rory Durkin, his defense attorney, takes on this challenging case to halt the unjust ...

N.Y. Chief Judge Pledges Aid for Poor Defendants
Judge Jonathan Lippman called New York’s routine failure to provide lawyers for needy defendants at their arraignments a problem that “can no longer be tolerated.”

Eastday-13 crimes exempted from death penalty
A policeman tests the sobriety of a driver in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu province on Sunday.

13 crimes exempted from death penalty
Several important changes to China's laws came into effect on Sunday, addressing such things as which crimes deserve the death penalty and appropriate punishments for producers of tainted food as well as bringing in harsher sentences for people who drink and drive.

China enacts law to exempt 13 crimes from capital punishment
Beijing, May 2 (ANI): China's newly revised Criminal Law has exempted 13 crimes from the death penalty.

Oregon football: Kiko Alonso arrested, charged with burglary
Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso was arrested Sunday and booked and released from Lane County Jail, charged with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass, according to Lane County Corrections.

Sussex County Community College to hold Criminal Justice Academy this summer
Newton Sussex County Community College will again host the Criminal Justice Academy this summer from July 5 to 8.

Quincy court going live on the Web
Today, an experiment uniting the Internet, citizen bloggers, and the public's right to know with the judicial system will start in one of the state's busiest courthouses, Quincy District Court.

Why? Questions surround fatal stabbing of 21-year-old as court case is about to begin
WIND POINT - What caused a 29-year-old man with no criminal history to allegedly attack his neighbors and fatally stab their 21-year-old son?

Arrest starts Ducks' offseason badly
Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso, the favorite to replace the departed Casey Matthews in the middle of the Ducks' defense, was arrested Sunday and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass in Lane County, according to local reports . Alonso had played well this spring -- the Ducks' spring practices concluded Saturday -- but this doesn't figure to help his standing, particularly ...

A Defense of Pakistan
We cannot say out loud that Pakistan is our enemy, because it isn't. Even if it were true, we have no means to deal with it as an enemy.

Judge to decide fate of UMC Hospital chief trial
A judge is expected to rule in coming days whether former University Medical Center chief Lacy Thomas will stand trial again June 20 on criminal allegations that he steered $11 million in contracts to friends in Chicago more than four years ago.

MHS senior wins appeals argument
CHESTERFIELD - Matoaca High School senior Sam Kennedy recently had the privilege and honor to present a defense appeals argument in front of the Virginia Supreme Court. As a participant in the Model Judiciary Program for the state of Virginia, sponsored

Burglary suspect pleads not guilty
The North Platte Telegraph Facing the rest of his life in prison on multiple burglary charges and being charged as a habitual criminal, Chad Hall, 26, pleaded not guilty to the charges levied against him in Lincoln County District Court on Monday.

Trial date pushed back for Owendale parolee charged with sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl
Keith W. Bullard was to face a jury Tuesday in Huron County Circuit Judge M. Richard Knoblock’s courtroom.

13 crimes exempted from death penalty
Several important changes to China's laws came into effect on Sunday, addressing such things as which crimes deserve the death penalty and appropriate punishments for producers of tainted food as well as bringing in harsher sentences for people who drink and drive.

New drunk driving rule nets audacious violators
Many drunk drivers across the country have been charged with dangerous driving and will soon face criminal punishment under China's newly amended Road Traffic Safety Law, which took effect on Sunday.

New drunk driving rule nets audacious violators
Many drunk drivers have been charged with dangerous driving and will soon face criminal punishment under newly amended Road Traffic Safety Law,. -China Daily/Asia News Network

Sussex County Community College to hold Criminal Justice Academy this summer
Newton Sussex County Community College will again host the Criminal Justice Academy this summer from July 5 to 8.

Motions denied in ballot case
A judge on Monday denied defense requests to disqualify special prosecutor Trey Smith in an absentee ballot fraud case or to issue a gag order. McDonough and City Councilman Michael LoPorto were indicted in January on 116 counts of second-degree forgery and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument in connection with the 2009 Working Families Party primary in Troy. Pulver reviewed ...

Burglary suspect pleads not guilty
The North Platte Telegraph Facing the rest of his life in prison on multiple burglary charges and being charged as a habitual criminal, Chad Hall, 26, pleaded not guilty to the charges levied against him in Lincoln County District Court on Monday.

Defense demands damages as Demjanjuk trial concludes
John Demjanjuk's Defense attorney demanded the 91-year-old accused of helping kill 27,900 Jews in the Holocaust be awarded damages for false imprisonment when final arguments in the high-profile trial began on Tuesday.

ONLINE: Q&A with criminal lawyer Jeff Robinson
Jeff Robinson, a criminal lawyer at Schroeter Goldmark and Bender in Seattle, will be speaking about his experiences representing detainees held at Guantanamo Bay charged with the attacks on September 11. The presentation will be at 12 p.m. May 4 at the Fairhaven College Auditorium.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Lui Joins Crowell & Moring's White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group ...
WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce the addition of partner Christopher K. Lui to the firm's Los Angeles office. Most recently an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California (USAO), Criminal Division, and the former Coordinator of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in the Major Frauds Section for that office, Lui joins ...

Defense demands damages as Demjanjuk trial concludes
John Demjanjuk's defense attorney demanded the 91-year-old accused of helping kill 27,900 Jews in the Holocaust be awarded damages for false imprisonment when final arguments in the high-profile trial began Tuesday.

Burglary suspect pleads not guilty
The North Platte Telegraph Facing the rest of his life in prison on multiple burglary charges and being charged as a habitual criminal, Chad Hall, 26, pleaded not guilty to the charges levied against him in Lincoln County District Court on Monday.

Wife of 'stoned' QB passes on taking the stand; jury to get case tomorrow
She's standing by her man -- she just won't sit for him on the witness stand. Tennessee Titan quarterback Christopher Simms surprised a Manhattan courtroom today by not calling his wife, Danielle, as a defense witness in his ongoing toking-and-driving trial -- despite having promised jurors that she...

Tell it to the judge: Do heartfelt pleas help reduce jail sentences?
There's a time in every criminal sentencing when it's the defendant's turn to talk. Some, like former Gov. John G. Rowland , will take advantage of this moment and apologize to the court, the prosecutors and their family.

No Charges In RTD Stabbing Caught On Videotape
Prosecutors have decided to drop criminal charges against an RTD passenger who stabbed another passenger on a bus in Aurora on Thursday night, ruling it was a case of self defense.

Defense Attorneys: Delay Backpack Bomb Trial
FIRST ON KHQ.COM>>> Defense Attorneys for the man accused of leaving a backpack bomb in downtown Spokane are asking a judge to delay his trial. Attorneys for Kevin Harpham are asking to delay the trial by approximately 120 days.

WEB EXCLUSIVE News 13 Legal Analyst talks air samples in the Casey Anthony case
A ruling is expected soon by Judge Belvin Perry in the Casey Anthony case regarding air samples.

Young still raising money for his legal defense fund
Rep. Don Young , R-Alaska, continues to raise money for his legal bills even though he said last year that federal investigators have dropped a criminal inquiry into his campaign fundraising and other matters.

Charges dropped against Rollins Mountain protesters
Three police officers take three protestors into custody at the $130 million Rollins Mountain industrial wind site off Route 6 in Lincoln in Nov. 2010.

Prosecutors begin attacking Blagojevich defense
Prosecutors in the corruption retrial of Rod Blagojevich wasted no time Tuesday trying to shoot holes in the defense strategy that the former governor was merely trying to cut a political deal, not sell a U.S. Senate seat, and was unaware that any of his actions might be illegal.

Defense makes multiple requests for mistrial in McCoy trial
LOCKPORT — Jury selection has begun in Niagara County Court in the trial of a Rochester man charged in a Niagara Falls murder.

Simms' wife sits out quarterback pot trial
She's standing by her man -- she just won't sit for him on the witness stand. Tennessee Titans quarterback Chris Simms surprised a Manhattan courtroom today by not calling his wife, Danielle, as a defense witness in his ongoing toking-and-driving trial, despite having promised jurors that she'd...

Burglary suspect pleads not guilty
The North Platte Telegraph Facing the rest of his life in prison on multiple burglary charges and being charged as a habitual criminal, Chad Hall, 26, pleaded not guilty to the charges levied against him in Lincoln County District Court on Monday.

Statement of Mr. Pablo A. Martinez, Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Investigative Division, U.S. Secret ...
Mr. Pablo A. Martinez testified on the role of the U.S. Secret Service (Secret Service) in investigating and dismantling criminal organizations involved in cyber crime.

Court orders Serb war crimes trial to continue, rejecting acquittal request
The trial of Serb nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj will not be stopped on grounds of unjustified detention. Seselj, who is conducting his own defense, had applied for an acquittal and financial compensation.

Secretary Of State's Attorney Seeks Delay In Legal Fight
An attorney who represents Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White plans to seek what could be a substantial delay in legal proceedings that could result in White's removal from office.

Jose Baez says Casey Anthony case will not define him
Baez says the defense is prepared for trial Casey Anthony defense attorney Jose Baez held a rare sit down appearance with local reporters this morning during a speaking engagement held by the Central Florida chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Schlichter arraigned on new criminal charges
Art Schlichter is continuing to seek a plea deal on charges that he scammed more than $1 million in a sports-ticket scheme.

Silvernail hearing held on Tuesday
A Wahpeton man arrested for murdering a Doran, Minn., woman in October 2009 had a criminal pretrial hearing on Tuesday at Wilkin County courthouse.

House Passes Legislation For Good Faith Exception In Criminal Law
HB 401, “The Exclusionary Rule Reform Act,” passed the full House on Wednesday. The final vote was 89-9. Rep. Eric Watson (R—Cleveland), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, had been the chief sponsor of the bill.

Obama nominates Robert Scola for U.S. District Court, Southern Florida
President Obama this afternoon nominated Judge Robert N. Scola Jr . for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. From White House: Scola currently serves as a judge on Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit, where he has presided over criminal, civil, and family law matters since 1995. Prior to joining the bench, he spent a decade in private practice as both a sole ...

Notes and quotes from the Louisiana Legislature
The Associated Press The Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. A bid to ban some convicted sex offenders from Facebook and other social networking websites stalled Wednesday in a House committee, after questions were raised about the sweeping nature of the proposal. The House Criminal Justice Committee temporarily shelved the bill (House Bill 55) by Rep. Ledricka Thierry, D-Opelousas, to work on ...




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