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Court Postpones Medical Marijuana Criminal Case Against Six
A judge on Friday postponed a criminal case against defendants who say they were distributing state-sanctioned medical marijuana, setting the stage for a Supreme Court showdown. District Judge Douglas Smith halted the case against six defendants from Jolly

Legal experts: Loughner's only defense is insanity
A judge has ruled that Tucson shooting rampage suspect Jared Lee Loughner isn't yet mentally fit for trial, but legal experts say it's only a matter of time before his competency is restored and that his lawyers will have no choice but to mount an insanity defense.

US Government Accused of Seeking to Conceal Deal Cut With Sinaloa “Cartel”
The criminal case against accused Mexican narco-trafficker Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla now appears to be threatening to unravel the U.S. government’s ugly national-security interests in the drug war.

Alleged Skyler Kauffman killer Troutman files request to prepare for defense
NORRISTOWN – A Souderton man accused of raping and killing a 9-year-old girl who was his neighbor claims he’s entitled to additional pretrial information from prosecutors so he can “adequately prepare for a defense at trial.”

Defense Begins In Jason Tate Trial
The murder trial in the death of a twenty-four year old Clinton Woman will continue Monday in Clinton County, but now it's the defense's turn. Thirty-two year old Jason Tate is accused of killing his then

George W. Bush isn't the only alleged war criminal visiting Surrey in October
Former president Bill Clinton, who will appear at a regional economic conference, was linked to numerous war crimes during his presidency.

New Hampshire DWI Lawyer Attorney Hynes Publishes Two Books
Attorney Dan Hynes the N.H. DWI Guy has released two books on drunk driving laws in New Hampshire. One book is a 300 page manual for lawyers, the other for people accused of DWI.Nashua, New Hampshire (PRWEB) October 03, 2011 Dan Hynes, a DWI Lawyer in New Hampshire, has recently published the book "Drunk Driving & Drugged Driving Defense in New Hampshire". This 300 page DWI Manual is a how-to ...

Alleged Skyler Kauffman killer Troutman files request to prepare for defense
NORRISTOWN – A Souderton man accused of raping and killing a 9-year-old girl who was his neighbor claims he’s entitled to additional pretrial information from prosecutors so he can “adequately prepare for a defense at trial.”

Kenya: Mistakes of Suspects' Defence Teams At ICC
The International Criminal Court (ICC) established by the Rome Statute, is the world's first permanent treaty based international criminal court established for the purpose of ending impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. H.E. Dr. Kofi Annan accurately observed that prior to the establishment of the ICC, powerful men committed crimes ...

Likelihood of criminal charges against Madoff family in NY appears to fade after 3 years
NEW YORK - One was Bernard Madoff's right-hand man for decades. Two others were executives in his firm. All are family — and presumed targets of the investigation of Madoff's epic fraud.

After 3 years, chances of more Madoff charges fade
Nearly three years into the probe, Madoff's brother, son and niece have avoided criminal charges, raising the possibility that they could get off entirely.

Haggerty Defense Grills Mayor Over Campaign Spending
Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the witness stand today in the trial against a former political aide accused of stealing $1.1 million intended for ballot security, and the defense tried to put Bloomberg's campaign practices and honesty under the microscope.

Haggerty Defense Grills Mayor Over Campaign Spending
Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the witness stand today in the trial against a former political aide accused of stealing $1.1 million intended for ballot security, and the defense tried to put Bloomberg's campaign practices and honesty under the microscope.

Endorsement interviews: Bill Fazio
Bill Fazio has been both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer -- most recently working on the defense side -- and his views on criminal justice have changed a bit since he first ran for District Attorney's office in 1999. Back then, he was a supporter of the death penalty; today, he says it's an expensive failure.

Amanda Knox's Family Likely Spent Millions For Her, Say Experts
As Amanda Knox's family waits for the verdict to her appeal in Italy, her parents' four year nightmare may culminate or come to an end, including spending millions on her defense and other expenses, legal experts say.

With little to lose, Murray should've skipped the courts
Commentary by Ann Fitz, criminal defense attorney and HLN legal analyst. As the trial against Dr. Conrad Murray progresses and the prosecution methodically strengthens its case with each witness, it seems to beg the question: Why would Michael Jackson’s personal physician even decide to go to trial in the first place? What advantage does Dr. [...]

Lee Tran & Liang (LTL) Announces New Partner and Opening of Silicon Valley Office
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Lee Tran & Liang (LTL) Announces New Partner and Opening of Silicon Valley Office
LOS ANGELES and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LTL Welcomes New Partner Kevin Bringuel September 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – LTL is proud to announce that Kevin Bringuel has joined the firm as a partner.  He will focus his practice on complex business...

Battered New York wife who shot husband says truth told at trial
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman whose murder trial in the death of her retired police officer husband is considered a test of the battered woman defense said on Monday that "the truth has now been told" as her case wound to a close.

Lawyers on both sides of John Goodman case are formidable
At first glance, the odds might seem stacked in the battle for polo mogul John Goodman 's fate. On one side of the criminal case against him is famed defense attorney Roy Black and his powerhouse Miami law firm - a stable of aggressive, impeccably mannered counsels to the troubled rich and famous.

Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill
I am extremely pleased to be speaking on this Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill because I believe it is extremely apt timing to be considering the concept of reform and modernisation of the criminal justice system.

Amanda Knox's Story Could Net Her Tens of Millions of Dollars, Experts Say
Along with Amanda Knox's freedom could come a small fortune

Who will the jury believe in Phil Hamilton trial? The defense's case
— Sure, Phil Hamilton showed bad judgment. Unethical? Some might say that. Disturbing? Could be. But it doesn't make him a criminal. That is a central point for the defense of Hamilton, a former state delegate from Newport News who faces charges of bribery and extortion in U.S. District Court.

Zehm trial will be moved to Yakima - Tue, 04 Oct 2011 PST
A federal judge Tuesday moved the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima after defense attorneys had raised concerns about the extent of local media coverage of the controversy surrounding the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm.

Amanda Knox's story could net her tens of millions of dollars
An Italian appeals court overturned Amanda Knox's murder conviction Monday, allowing the Seattle native to return to the US, nearly two years after she and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were accused of murdering her college roommate, Meredith Kercher. And along with freedom could come a small fortune. KNOX ON...

Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer, Jeffrey Feiler, Announces the Launch of the Feiler Law Firm's New Website
Improved Website Designed to Help Those Searching for Answers to Complicated Legal Dilemmas

Detention of terror suspects blocks defense bill
The top Democrat in the Senate said Tuesday that a sweeping defense bill is on hold until lawmakers can resolve a dispute with the Obama administration over provisions that would require military custody of terrorist suspects and limit the government's authority to transfer detainees.

Defense witness at Terrence Bell sex-assault trial says girl once lied about being raped
Testimony in the Terrence Bell trial is expected to conclude Wednesday in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court.

Best Lawyers in America® Honors Durham Attorney for Class of 2012
Triangle - Durham Attorney Jay H. Ferguson was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 in the field of: Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law. (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.)

Defendants’ Choices
A reader responds to an article about prosecutors and sentencing.

Criminal defense attorney sentenced on child porn charges
Authorities say under a plea agreement, William Wallace III will spend 90 days on electronic home detention and 15 months probation.

Defense gives closing arguments in TCG case
Defense gives closing arguments in TCG case By melinda Rogers The Salt Lake Tribune Published Oct 4, 2011 04:39PM MDT Defense attorneys on Tuesday explained to jurors in federal court why seven alleged members of the Tongan Crip Gang (TCG) should be acquitted of racketeering charges. During closing arguments before U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell, attorneys highlighted their individual ...

Appeals court stays extension of Loughner treatment
PHOENIX (Reuters) - An appeals court granted a stay on Tuesday temporarily blocking Tucson shooting rampage suspect Jared Loughner's return to a Missouri prison hospital for more psychiatric treatment.

DealBook: Zuckerman Spaeder Builds Out Its New York Practice
The Washington law firm Zuckerman Spaeder, hiring three prominent lawyers in two weeks, has moved to establish a formidable criminal defense practice in New York.

Defense wants murder charge dropped after 40 nursing homes reject killer
Should demented suspect in 1979 St. Cloud torture-murder spend rest of life in nursing home? Another unexpected twist in the murder case against Steve Bronson may allow the demented admitted killer to receive around-the-clock medical care and avoid prison for the remainder of his life.

Zehm trial moves to Yakima - Wed, 05 Oct 2011 PST
A federal judge Tuesday moved the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima after defense attorneys raised concerns that local media coverage of Thompson’s fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm could bias a Spokane jury. U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle also ruled to exclude Spokane County residents from the jury pool. Potential jurors will be ...

Lawyer Announces Online Consumer Initiative
L Patrick Mulligan and Associates, one of Cincinnati's leading family court and criminal defense firms, has announced an initiative to help those in need of legal services to find it online.Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) October 05, 2011 L Patrick Mulligan and Associates, one of Cincinnati's leading family court and criminal defense firms, has announced an initiative to help those in need of legal ...

KBC News
International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova has assured Kenyans of an impartial decision on the Ocampo Six.

U.S. defense bill stalled by detainee debate
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Sen. Harry Reid (D, Nev) is holding up a vote on a piece of the fiscal 2012 Pentagon budget because he objects to new provisions that allow the president to hold indefinitely anyone who is suspected of terrorism, including U.S. citizens. "I do not intend to bring this bill to the floor until concerns regarding the bill's detainee provisions are resolved," Reid said in ...

In Defense of Commerce: The Liberal Case for Markets
I mentioned in my last post that nothing serves consumers more than healthy competition. This is the point of capitalism or, more appropriately, of free trade. It?s not to make some people fabulously wealthy while others just barely scrape by. Proponents of markets want to raise everyone up out of poverty and into prosperity where ...

Zuckerman Spaeder Hires Tomback as New York Criminal Defense Office Grows
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP hired Andrew E. Tomback, formerly a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, as the law firm expands its New York white-collar criminal defense practice.

Senate leader blocks defense bill over detainees
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will block consideration of the wide-ranging defense bill until provisions on how terrorism suspects will be treated are changed, according to a letter released on Wednesday.

Feds ask judge to keep Zehm trial in Spokane - Wed, 05 Oct 2011 PST
A federal prosecutor has asked a judge to reconsider his Tuesday decision to move the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima. But defense attorneys support the move.

Judge to decide fate of Edwards' criminal case
A federal judge will hear arguments later this month on whether the criminal case against former U.S. Sen. John Edwards should be dismissed or move toward trial. Edwards, 58, is accused of violating campaign finance laws by secretly obtaining and using contributions.

Outbursts disrupt murder trial
share: digg facebook twitter Palmer is charged with capital murder, accused of helping Fuller plan the death of his stepmother. Typically, a mistrial is a win for the defense, because prosecutors have time to consider their case and might offer a better plea deal. Osso would not comment on his strategy, but he is working to portray Fuller as an explosive loose cannon who is lying to take revenge ...

Outbursts disrupt murder trial
share: digg facebook twitter Palmer is charged with capital murder, accused of helping Fuller plan the death of his stepmother. Typically, a mistrial is a win for the defense, because prosecutors have time to consider their case and might offer a better plea deal. Osso would not comment on his strategy, but he is working to portray Fuller as an explosive loose cannon who is lying to take revenge ...

Outburst nearly derails murder trial
Palmer is charged with capital murder, accused of helping Fuller plan the death of his stepmother. Typically, a mistrial is a win for the defense, because prosecutors have time to consider their case and might offer a better plea deal. Osso would not comment on his strategy, but he is working to portray Fuller as an explosive loose cannon who is lying to take revenge on his father and Palmer ...

Thomas case: Judge says bribery case was bogus
A retired Maricopa County judge says an unsuccessful bribery case brought against him by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and then-County Attorney Andrew Thomas was bogus and permanently damaged his professional reputation.

Central African Republic: Bemba Asked His Commanders to Enforce Disciplinary Code
Contrary to prosecution claims that Congolese war crimes accused Jean-Pierre Bemba did not implement his militia's code of conduct, his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) heard today that the accused instructed his commanders to enforce the code when he learned of crimes being committed by his fighters.

Vt. investigating work of fingerprint analyst
Two state agencies recently investigated possible misconduct in criminal cases by a fingerprint analyst in the Vermont Forensics Laboratory, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.




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