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Former Prosecutor David Gorcyca's defense cost Oakland County $215,000
Oakland County spent more than $215,000 on a private lawyer to defend former Prosecutor David Gorcyca against professional misconduct charges for calling a defendant in a high-profile criminal case a freak and a pedophile. Although county officials said they weren't happy they had to spend so much, they still said it was a bargain.

Criminal investigation opened against Ofers
Yoav Yitzhak's "News 1" reports that the police are investigating the alleged sale of a ship to an Iranian company.

Casey Trial Continues; State Wants Fraud Convictions In
Day 18 of Casey Anthony's murder trial will begin on Wednesday, and her defense attorneys will try to keep a major mistake from allowing the jury to hear about her criminal past. LIVE: Casey Trial @ 8:30am | Live Blog CASEY WALKS IN: See Images | Raw Video

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.

Casey Anthony Trial: Inside Her Shocking Defense
As the trial intensifies, an in-depth look at whether the Florida mom's strategy will set her free

Would justice be best served by delaying the Anthony Sowell trial? Take our poll
Defense attorneys representing Anthony Sowell say they are, in effect, going to trial on 11 separate capital murder cases combined into one trial. They have asked a judge for six more months to prepare for the trial. Meanwhile, they have run up the biggest public tab for a criminal defense in Cuyahoga County history.

Self-defense or self-destruction?
A hideous story has recently took place in the city of Omsk, Siberia. A 62-year-old woman came to a local police station and said that she had just hacked her husband with an axe. The elderly spouses had a family fight, the woman said. The man grabbed an axe, but the woman managed to take it away.

Opening statements in Xcel trial
DENVER (AP) - Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys will lay out their case for jurors in opening statements in the criminal trial of Xcel Energy.

Playground shooting marks 47th criminal homicide in Prince George's
A 23-year-old New Carrollton man was shot to death Tuesday night as he played basketball with a group of friends at an elementary school, said Prince George's County police. Alusine Karbgo, of the 9300 block of Wellington Street, was among the group of people on the courts at Carrollton Elementary ...

SU's Melo arraigned in court on criminal mischief charge
By: Michael Cohen A Syracuse men's basketball player was arraigned in Syracuse City Court Wednesday morning on a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief. ...

Defense gains access to recorder in Oregon bomb case
Prosecutors must give defense lawyers a tape recorder at the center of the case against a Somali-born teen charged with plotting to blow up a Christmas-tree lighting event in Portland, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

Stanislaus County detective accused of murder in court
A former Stanislaus County sheriff’s detective appeared in court Wednesday for the first time since she was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the off-duty shooting death of a Modesto woman who brandished a BB gun during a dispute last year.

Morris Criminal Justice Training Center Expands
It held a grand opening for a new forensics lab and program as well as a new athletics area.

UPDATED: Phoenixville teen charged with attempted homicide after weekend stabbing
PHOENIXVILLE — A 17-year-old Phoenixville teenager is being tried as an adult on charges of attempted criminal homicide after he allegedly stabbed his sister’s boyfriend several times in the arm and upper torso during a heated argument during the Memorial Day weekend.

Heat on Cop for "Suggestive" Photos
The cell phone photos allegedly stem from a woman who was in custody.

Convicted killer executed in Texas
share: digg facebook twitter HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Convicted killer Gayland Bradford was executed Wednesday for the $7 robbery-slaying of a Dallas grocery store security guard almost 23 years ago. The shooting and robbery was recorded on a security camera and attorneys said the tape was key to Bradford's conviction and death sentence. In a confession to police, Bradford said the shooting was ...

Convicted Texas killer executed: 'I am at peace'
share: digg facebook twitter HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Convicted killer Gayland Bradford was executed Wednesday for the $7 robbery-slaying of a Dallas grocery store security guard almost 23 years ago. Bradford already was on parole for a robbery conviction when he was arrested for gunning down 29-year-old Brian Williams four days after Christmas in 1988. Williams' mother and brother were among ...

Oregon Department of Energy employees get jobs back after 10-month contract investigation
The Department of Administrative Services inquiry determines that Mark Long, former interim director of the Oregon Department of Energy, and three others did no wrong when they steered a $60,000 subcontract to a Bend-based company.

Fort Bragg woman charged with theft
A Fort Bragg woman has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the Department of Defense. Melinda Marie DiLorenzo, 36, was charged with embezzlement and theft of public funds in a criminal information filed late last week.

Angelina denied bail in Philadelphia mob case
Mobster Martin Angelina was denied bail on racketeering-gambling charges Wednesday by a federal judge who cited his criminal history and what prosecutors called his "propensity for violence."

Judge to review EPD officer's personnel file; DA looking for evidence relating to criminal case
A Humboldt County Superior Court judge agreed Wednesday to review a former Eureka police officer's personnel file to see if any of its contents can be used against him by prosecutors.

Modena man sent to prison for role in robbery
WEST CHESTER — A Modena man whose trip to the Upper Main Line to buy marijuana turned into a frightening armed robbery was sentenced Wednesday to prison for his unwitting part in the crime.

UPDATED: Phoenixville teen charged with attempted homicide after weekend stabbing
PHOENIXVILLE — A 17-year-old Phoenixville teenager is being tried as an adult on charges of attempted criminal homicide after he allegedly stabbed his sister’s boyfriend several times in the arm and upper torso during a heated argument during the Memorial Day weekend.

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: Parents offered to take child to doctor
OREGON CITY (AP) — Jurors in the trial of an Oregon couple charged with criminal mistreatment in their infant daughter’s medical care have learned the parents offered to take the child to a doctor to keep her out of state custody.

Council Special Report
Who's Afraid of the International Criminal Court? By David Kaye, Executive Director, International Human Rights Program, UCLA School of Law Foreign Affairs Article May/June 2011

Will neuroscience challenge the legal concept of criminal responsibility?
( DANA Foundation ) How do the US courts determine who is fit to stand trial? Neuroethics experts discuss how advances in neuroscience may help relieve some of the burden on defense attorneys who represent mentally ill clients.

in case you missed it | Flipping off the po-po
The ACLU of Colorado earns kudos for providing free criminal defense services to Shane Boor, a 35-year-old Colorado man who flipped off a Colorado State Patrol officer. Boor, who has no criminal record, was on his way to work when he passed a state trooper who had just pulled over another driver.

Goldman Better Be Taking Subpoena Threat Seriously
Information is scarce on a subpoena issued to Goldman Sachs for its role in the recent financial crisis, but the banking giant needs to take it seriously.

Dangers of alcohol spelled out at Hersey
Judge Eileen O'Neill Burke and Tom Glasgow, criminal attorney and member of the Arlington Heights village board, warned students at Hersey High School about how staying at parties with alcohol or drugs can affect their future.

DiMasi's lawyers seek dismissal
Payments that went from a software company in 2006 and 2007 to associates of House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi were no different than companies hiring ex-senators or former military generals as lobbyists on public policy issues – a far cry from illegal bribes, lawyers for DiMasi and two codefendants insisted Thursday, urging Judge Mark Wolf to toss the case against their clients.

Edwards would face DOJ section with checkered past
Should John Edwards be indicted on criminal charges, he would be prosecuted by the same U.S. Department of Justice outfit that infamously botched the investigation into the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.

Will Neuroscience Challenge The Legal Concept Of Criminal Responsibility?
Just before 10:00 a.m. on June 20, 2001, a uniformed police officer was dispatched to do what he thought was a routine welfare check at a home in Houston, Texas. When the officer met Andrea Yates at the door, she immediately told him, “I just killed my kids.” When Yates was later asked why she drowned her five children, she claimed she had to in order to save them from hell. The police would ...

Kilpatrick looks to private life as parole board weighs decision
Kwame Kilpatrick's bid for early release from prison has been recommended by two out of three Michigan Parole Board members, according to the former Detroit mayor's criminal defense lawyer.

Parole Board moves Kwame Kilpatrick closer to freedom
Kwame Kilpatrick's bid for early release from prison has been recommended by two out of three Michigan Parole Board members, according to the former Detroit mayor's criminal defense lawyer.

Public has right to know truth about past crimes
After two years of hearings and input from the courts, prosecutors, defense attorneys and media outlets, New Hampshire is poised to restore common sense and respect for free speech to its criminal annulment laws.

Ratko Mladic to Face Hague Court June 03
Former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic will face the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for the first time on Friday, when he will be officially charged with genocide and other war crimes during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia. Mladic was arrested in Serbia on May 26 after 16 years spent hiding from the international justice. At the hearing, scheduled for 11:00 EET ...

Parole Board moves Kwame Kilpatrick closer to freedom
Kwame Kilpatrick's bid for early release from prison has been recommended by two out of three Michigan Parole Board members, according to the former Detroit mayor's criminal defense lawyer.

Could The Legal Concept Of Criminal Responsibility Be Challenged By Neuroscience?
Just before 10:00 a.m. on June 20, 2001, a uniformed police officer was dispatched to do what he thought was a routine welfare check at a home in Houston, Texas. When the officer met Andrea Yates at the door, she immediately told him, "I just killed my kids." When Yates was later asked why she drowned her five children, she claimed she had to in order to save them from hell. The police would ...

John Edwards To Be Indicted TODAY On Criminal Charges -- Report
Some potentially good reading coming for you later. AP is reporting that former Presidential candidate , and VP nominee John Edwards will be indicted TODAY over his use of campaign funds to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter.

Some Utahns find their expunged criminal past is still present
Some Utahns find their expunged criminal past is still present By nate carlisle The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jun 3, 2011 11:19AM MDT Like many other moms, Kathy was excited when her son started to play football in Davis County, and she volunteered to be a parent helper for his youth league. Kathy had to submit to a routine background check performed by a private company in Midvale. When the ...

Rise in texting adds new twist to court cases
With advances in technology, prosecutors and defense attorneys have adjusted strategies in criminal... - 10:18 am

Academic round-up
Do criminal defendants have a remedy for bad advice during plea bargaining if they are ultimately convicted and sentenced pursuant to constitutionally adequate procedures?

John Edwards To Plead Not Guilty To Criminal Charges Over Rielle Hunter Affair
John Edwards will plead not guilty, his defense attorney Greg Craig said Friday in a written statement. Edwards "will tell the court he is innocent of all charges, and will plead not guilty," Craig said. "He did not break the law and will mount a vigorous defense."

Local dentist Arnold Barber to testify in his defense over accusations of witness tampering
Day three of the trial of Arnold Stephen Barber began with defense witnesses. Barber was expected to take the stand after the jury returned from its recess shortly before 11 a.m. Friday.

Barber: Oswald told me to make the offer to Shumaker
Barber takes stand in his own defense Friday morning in Adair County Circuit Court. Closing arguments to begin later today.

Factbox: John Edwards latest politician to face charges
(Reuters) - The criminal charges against former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards are the latest is a series of prosecutions or investigations by the Justice Department involving prominent politicians.

Best Game in Town: Is Blagojevich winning over the jury?
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich spent this week testifying on his own behalf in his highly publicized federal corruption trial. Yesterday, the prosecution began their cross-examination. Most media accounts have focused on Blagojevich's rambling and contradictory testimony, including how much negative impact it is having on his defense. But WBEZ Criminal Justice Reporter Rob Wildeboer ...

Blagojevich Argues with Prosecutor, Imperils His Defense
As cross-examination begins, the impeached governor of Illinois battles the prosecutor with a ferocity that may undermine his own defense

Some Utahns find their expunged criminal past is still present
Some Utahns find their expunged criminal past is still present By nate carlisle The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jun 4, 2011 11:36PM MDT Like many other moms, Kathy was excited when her son started to play football in Davis County, and she volunteered to be a parent helper for his youth league. Kathy had to submit to a routine background check performed by a private company in Midvale. When the ...




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