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Liberia: Court D Threatens to Release Armed Robbers
The resident judge of Criminal Court 'D', responsible for armed robbery cases Saykajepo Worlloh, has threatened to release five suspected armed robbers from prison, if prosecution fails to comply with rulings of the court's.

KBC News
Eldoret North MP William Ruto's defense team will Thursday take to the stand at the International Criminal Court as the confirmation of charges for three of the six implicated in the 2007/2008 post election violence kicks off at the Hague-based court.

Needleman pleads guilty to tax evasion, resigns from bar
Longtime criminal defense attorney Stanley Needleman has reached a plea deal with prosecutors that will cost him $1.15 million, his law license and several years of his freedom. At a hearing in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Thursday, Needleman pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and one count of structuring of financial transactions [...]

Duane Morris San Diego Office Adds White-Collar Partner Michael L. Lipman
SAN DIEGO and  LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that Michael L. Lipman has joined the firm's White-Collar Criminal Defense, Corporate Investigations and Regulatory Compliance Practice Group as a partner in its San Diego...

Veteran attorney disbarred, pleads guilty to tax evasion
Stanley Needleman, 68, will pay more than $1 million in penalties, could face prison time Stanley Needleman, 68, will pay more than $1 million in penalties, could face prison time

Cerabino: Celeb enlists top lawyer over spat with off-duty cop
As South Florida police capers go, it's hard to beat the latest one, which involves singer Beyoncé's younger sister, noted criminal defense lawyer Roy Black, and a 5-foot-long inflatable banana.

Judge delays decision on former Oslo Middle teacher's drug conviction
VERO BEACH — Circuit Judge Robert Hawley on Thursday delayed ruling on whether to dismiss the drug conviction of a former Oslo Middle School teacher after a federal judge said the state's criminal drug laws are unconstitutional.

Judge poised to make call on Clemens
Hearing being held in Washington D.C. will determine whether Clemens is retried on perjury charges following July's mistrial ruling.

Local defense attorney to defend 9/11 suspect at Guantanamo
James P. Harrington, one of Western New York’s top criminal defense lawyers, Thursday confirmed that he has been designated one of the defense attorneys in the still-unscheduled Guantanamo Bay trial of the five alleged leaders of the 9/11 conspiracy.

Anthony hearing today focuses on recouping $517K | Video
Prosecutors want to recoup $517K A hearing is scheduled this morning on the prosecution's request to recoup $517,000 in prosecution and investigative costs related to Casey Anthony's criminal case.

Veteran attorney disbarred, pleads guilty to tax evasion
Stanley Needleman, 68, will pay more than $1 million in penalties, could face prison time Stanley Needleman's 30-year law career officially came to an abrupt end Thursday when the criminal defense attorney pleaded guilty to tax evasion and agreed to pay more than $1 million in penalties.

Criminal case against ex-APD officer accused of rape starts over
Nearly 15 months after he first pleaded not guilty to kidnap and rape charges, former Anderson police officer Bryan Benson again pleaded not guilty this morning in Shasta County Superior Court in Redding as the criminal case against him started over from scratch.

Free Legal Questions and Answers – Answers to Your Criminal Defense Questions by Local Michigan Attorneys
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it may seem like a lot to handle at once. The punishments of these offenses are varied and could lead to substantial and life changing outcomes if you don’t know how to represent yourself in court. Some of these penalties include jail time, outstanding fees, less employment opportunities and many more. A Michigan criminal defense lawyer may ...

Criminal case against ex-APD officer accused of rape starts over
Nearly 15 months after he first pleaded not guilty to kidnap and rape charges, former Anderson police officer Bryan Benson again pleaded not guilty this morning in Shasta County Superior Court in Redding as the criminal case against him started over from scratch.

4 Ways to Turn Your Expertise Into a Product
John Warrillow explains how professionals-such as architects, accountants, doctors and dentists-can grow their business beyond themselves. Dear John: I'm a criminal defense lawyer. As much as I would like to, I don't see how I could apply the Built To Sell philosophy to my practice. In my field, clients hire the lawyer to represent them individually in court and get mad if the lawyer they hire ...

New tougher DWI law for some first time offenders
Criminal defense attorney Hector Gonzalez said he's been getting a lot of questions about a new Texas law targeting first time DWI offenders.

Crime — Mystery novels by George Pelecanos, Laura Lippman, Martin Walker and Sebastian Rotella
Mystery novels by George Pelecanos, Laura Lippman, Martin Walker and Sebastian Rotella.

Dr. Conrad Murray's Lawyers Appeal Judge’s Decision Not To Sequester Jury
By Jen Heger - Radar Legal Editor and Alexis Tereszcuk - Radar Senior Reporter Dr. Conrad Murray ’s criminal defense team has just filed an appeal of the judge’s decision not to sequester the jury in his upcoming trial RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned. Dr. Murray will be tried for involuntary manslaughter in the death of superstar Michael Jackson , who was under his care when he passed ...

Betty Jefferson and Mark St. Pierre sentences contrast
Difference illustrates the wisdom of cooperating with federal prosecutors

KBC News
Retired para-military General Service Unit commander Samson Cherambos Saturday took to the stand at the International Criminal Court as the confirmation of charges hearing of three of the Ocampo six enters day 3.

Defense in carbon monoxide case files for dismissal
Criminal cases against two valley men charged in the carbon monoxide deaths of a Denver family should be dismissed because of the statute of limitations, the vagueness of the indictments and the immunity granted to public employees, according to defense motions filed this week. read more

Pittsburgh youth mentor and lawyer pedals across 33 states with 41 at-risk kids
One look at his office and it becomes obvious that Mark Rubenstein isn't your typical lawyer. Practically every cabinet and shelf is peppered with magnets, tickets, photos and bumper stickers ranging from tourist attractions to "middle of nowhere" towns.

Criminal grand juries eyed as new legal tool in Stanislaus County
A Stanislaus County criminal grand jury recently indicted eight Modesto men believed to be members of a Norteño street gang regiment and accused of three takeover-style armed robberies. Across the state, the criminal grand jury is a rarely-used legal tactic that allows prosecutors to jump past delays to the start of a trial.

Colonies attorneys poking holes in grand jury testimony
Attorneys for defendants in a sweeping corruption probe tied to San Bernardino County's $102 million settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP complain that prosecutors presented one-sided evidence to a criminal grand jury in April. Special Section: SB County Watch

Brown retains Connors for lawsuit
Mayor Byron W. Brown is turning to one of Buffalo's top criminal defense lawyers for help in fighting allegations of corruption and racketeering at City Hall.

Allegations fly in Sheriff's office embezzlement case
Nevada City attorney Greg Klein held up his hand, palm out, almost as if he was preparing to testify in court. “I've been doing criminal defense for 20 years now, and less than one hand's worth of my clients have been factually innocent,” he said.

Agassi Abrahamian
officer charged with 1 part of Article 375 of RA Criminal Code (abuse of power, abuse of authority or inaction). As reported in the investigative department of the Ministry of Defence of Armenia, the court of general jurisdiction of the Syunik region (in the south, Admiral.

Asheville's Ellen Clarke to be honored for career working for justice
Ellen Clarke, founding director of Western Carolinians for Criminal Justice, has spent many hours in the courtrooms of the Buncombe County Courthouse during her 29 years leading the non-profit organization and it's Women at Risk program.

Mayor Brown hires top attorney
Sunday, News 4 has learned criminal defense lawyer Yerry Connors will represent Brown in the civil suit.

Lawyer for Levi Aron Defends Her Clients, and Herself
In taking the case of Levi Aron, who is accused of murdering Leiby Kletzky of Brooklyn, Jennifer L. McCann has been harassed — but she sees her client’s constitutional rights clearly.

Celeb enlists top lawyer over spat with cop
WEST PALM BEACH -- As South Florida police capers go, it's hard to beat the latest one, which involves singer Beyonce's younger sister, noted criminal defense lawyer Roy Black, and a 5-foot-long... read more

KBC News
The confirmation of charges hearings entered its 4 th day Monday at the International Criminal Court in The Hague with Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey opting not to call any witnesses to his defence.

‘Bureaucracy’ delays sentencings in starved-girl case
The sentencings of the last three people found guilty of criminal charges in the 2006 death of Danieal Kelly - the 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who starved to death in her mother's squalid West Philadelphia apartment - were sidelined this morning by what the judge called bureaucracy.

Levi Aron’s Defense Attorney Argues With Trolls on Her Facebook Page
Levi Aron. After Gerard Marrone left the Levi Aron case because of his uncontrollable disgust for his client, the child murderer's remaining defense attorney, Pierre Bazile, brought on a new partner. Jennifer McCann doesn't have a ton of experience — she opened her own office in March after four years working at a Long Island criminal defense firm — but she's feisty and undaunted by the perils ...

Jury convicts ex-Iowa Film Office manager of one criminal offense
A Polk County jury Tuesday found former Iowa Film Office manager Tom Wheeler guilty of one count of misconduct in public office for his role in the state’s ill-fated film tax-credit program.

Two Miami-Dade death penalty lawyers fired from state office
A Miami-Dade taxpayer-funded criminal defense office fired two of its top death penalty defense lawyers unexpectedly Tuesday, including the lead defense attorney for Carmen Barahona, accused in the murder of her adopted daughter.

Two Miami-Dade death penalty lawyers fired from state office
A Miami-Dade taxpayer-funded criminal defense office fired two of its top death penalty defense lawyers unexpectedly Tuesday, including the lead defense attorney for Carmen Barahona, accused in the murder of her adopted daughter.

Lawyers for former presidential candidate John Edwards ask judge to throw out criminal charges
RALEIGH, N.C. - Lawyers for John Edwards have asked a federal judge to throw out criminal charges against the former presidential candidate. Edwards' defense team filed three motions Tuesday evening saying that federal prosecutors had violated his constitutional rights.

John Edwards' Lawyers Ask Judge to Throw out Case
Lawyers for former presidential candidate John Edwards ask judge to throw out criminal charges

WOODHAVEN: Man to face competency exam on dismemberment charge
WOODHAVEN — A competency and criminal responsibility evaluation has been ordered for a suspect in the dismemberment and mutilation of 32-year-old Pamela Prpich of Gibraltar.

Two top death penalty lawyers in Miami-Dade fired
Eugene Zenobi and Kellie Peterson had been slated to begin trial of Dennis Escobar, accused of murdering a Miami police officer in 1988.

John Edwards Lawyers Ask Judge To Throw Out Criminal Charges
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers for John Edwards have asked a federal judge to throw out criminal charges against the former presidential candidate. Edwards' defense team filed three motions Tuesday evening saying that federal prosecutors had violated his constitutional rights.

John Edwards' Lawyers Ask Judge to Throw Out Criminal Charges
Lawyers for John Edwards have asked a federal judge to throw out criminal charges against the former presidential candidate.

John Edwards' lawyers want charges dismissed
Former Senator has pleaded not guilty to 6 counts of misusing campaign funds; His lawyers call indictment "unconstitutional"

Nigro remembered as a sharp witted, fair-minded jurist
State Superior Court Judge Martin Nigro, a Greenwich resident, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 at age 82. Photo: Greenwich Time, Contributed Photo / CT Martin Nigro, a judge trial referee and Greenwich native who presided over some of the most high-profile criminal cases of the 1990s, died Monday morning at age 82.

Edwards' lawyers use multiple arguments in seeking dismissal of charges
Lawyers for John Edwards asked a federal judge on Tuesday to throw out criminal charges against the former Democratic presidential candidate.

Keyser Law Firm Offers Discounted Legal Services to Military Veterans and Service-members Throughout Minnesota
Keyser Law Firm is pleased to announce their new benefit of reduced cost legal aid to military veterans and service-members. With the addition of a new page to their recently updated website, keyserdefense.com, Keyser Law Firm explains the military benefit and the advantages of working with an attorney who understands Military Law. Keyser Law Firm provides exceptional legal defense at an ...

John Edwards' lawyers ask judge to toss criminal charges
RALEIGH, N.C. - Lawyers for John Edwards asked a federal judge on Tuesday to throw out criminal charges against the former Democratic presidential candidate. Edwards' defense team filed five motions saying that federal prosecutors violated his rights under several constitutional amendments.

2 top Miami-Dade death penalty lawyers fired
Two top death penalty lawyers for a Miami-Dade County taxpayer-funded criminal defense office have been fired just before they were supposed to begin a high-profile murder trial.

Ondari’s culture defense doesn’t fly
The judge sentencing Timothy Ondari didn’t mince words Tuesday: Cultural differences between the United States and Kenya concerning the treatment of women are irrelevant.




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