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Criminal Defense News 01/2012



State Rep. Rehm targets criminal statutes for reform
SANTA FE - State Rep. Bill Rehm says New Mexico law can help cold killers get away with murder.A retired sheriff's deputy, Rehm has filed a bill that he says would close legal loopholes and make the

College basketball roundup: No. 1 Syracuse wins 15th straight
Kris Joseph scored 22 points and No. 1 Syracuse used its defense and depth Sunday to rout DePaul, 87-68, the unbeaten Orange's 15th straight victory.

Dave Birkett: For Lions, Saints playoff matchup tough, but winnable
What's the punishment for letting a backup quarterback in his second career start torch your defense for 480 yards and six touchdowns?

Drew Sharp: Lions' defense 'couldn't have played worse'
Coach Jim Schwartz fumed after the Lions gave away the NFC's fifth playoff seed conveniently gift-wrapped for them, losing a 45-41 shootout to a team that rested its three Pro Bowl starters, including the probable MVP, Rodgers.

Lions ticker: Don't worry, be happy (because Lions are in playoffs)
What, should Lions fans be worried, just because the Lions' defense got schooled by a backup quarterback Sunday, they couldn't beat Green Bay without four of its top players, and now they have to play New Orleans in the first round of the playoffs?

Dave Birkett: For Lions, Saints playoff matchup tough, but winnable
What's the punishment for letting a backup quarterback in his second career start torch your defense for 480 yards and six touchdowns?

Stat leaders for Michigan State, Georgia
Passing Rushing Receiving Defense

Wayne County: Contracts often begin before before commission approves them
The debate last month over whether Wayne County should spend $350,000 on a top criminal defense lawyer to help answer grand jury subpoenas lasted more than half an hour.

Lions ticker: Don't worry, be happy (because Lions are in playoffs)
What, should Lions fans be worried, just because the Lions' defense got schooled by a backup quarterback Sunday, they couldn't beat Green Bay without four of its top players, and now they have to play New Orleans in the first round of the playoffs?

College basketball roundup: No. 1 Syracuse wins 15th straight
Kris Joseph scored 22 points and No. 1 Syracuse used its defense and depth Sunday to rout DePaul, 87-68, the unbeaten Orange's 15th straight victory.

Stat leaders for Michigan State, Georgia
Passing Rushing Receiving Defense

Bad offense can lead to bad defense for Pistons
Although the Pistons definitely will take Saturday night's victory over the Pacers -- their first of the season -- it only temporarily erases the problems of the first week.

Va. Tech's Bid Foster aims to make statement
There are times all the Virginia Tech defenders can do is laugh. Their defensive coordinator, Bud Foster, might be one of the most respected in the nation at his job, but when they see him hawking cars or motorcycles on television or promoting a supermarket, it's open season.

Other bowl games today
Matchup: No. 20 Houston (12-1) vs. No. 24 Penn State (9-3). When/where: Noon, Dallas. TV: ESPNU. Line: Houston by 7.

Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons rewards Hoke's trust with solid season
Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons got into the Superdome a bit earlier than his teammates last week. That's important because his comfort might mean the difference between winning Tuesday's Sugar Bowl and leaving in frustration.

Sugar Bowl: U-M tries out Superdome to get used to noise, lights
The Superdome is certainly getting its share of work these few weeks with the NFL's New Orleans Saints and two bowl games. Michigan got some practice experience there Saturday for Tuesday's Sugar Bowl and tried to get acclimated.

Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. finds range for big shot
Tim Hardaway Jr. had taken 13 shots Sunday afternoon, missed 12 of them, and then, with 36 seconds left and Michigan clinging to the smallest of leads over Minnesota at Crisler Center, the ball was coming his way.

U-M 61, Minn. 56: Burke lays down the law vs. Gophers
Tim Hardaway Jr. was locked up in the first half. Evan Smotrycz was locked up in the second half. The Michigan offense, shooting poorly from the field and more poorly from outside, was locked up the whole game. Insert Trey Burke, turn him loose, unlock offense.

Does bad Pistons defense cause bad offense, or is other way around?
Although the Pistons definitely will take Saturday night's victory over the Pacers -- their first of the season -- it only temporarily erases the problems of the first week.

NHL roundup: Rangers booed while practicing for Winter Classic
If the New York Rangers had any uncertainty about how hostile Philadelphia fans will be in today's Winter Classic, they got a taste Sunday when they were booed while practicing in the supposedly empty stadium.

Storm brings snow, hazardous conditions to Michigan
A winter storm is bringing snow, high winds and hazardous driving conditions to large portions of Michigan.

Authorities: Weather a factor in fatal Michigan crash
Authorities say a winter storm that brought snow, high winds and ice to large portions of Michigan was a factor in at least one traffic death.

Nation & world: White Sox trade Jason Frasor back to Jays
Reliever Jason Frasor is headed back to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Teen fatally shot playing with gun on New Year's
Police say a 17-year-old accidentally fatally shot himself while playing with a gun during a celebration of the arrival of the New Year in Saginaw.

2 cars to show what Mopar can do
Mopar, Chrysler's parts and service brand, plans to show two accessorized cars at the 2012 North American International Auto Show: the 2012 Dodge Charger Redline and the Chrysler 200 Super S. The 2012 Dodge Charger Redline is a Hemi-powered showcase of new Mopar performance kits that will arrive at dealerships later this year.

Obama, Congress begin 2012 in oil pipeline dispute
President Barack Obama and Congress are starting the new year locked in a politically charged dispute over a proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

U.S. helps MSU profs study home computer security
Researchers at Michigan State University have received two National Science Foundation grants totaling about $500,000 to seek ways to help people increase the security of their home computers.

Walmart shopper tries to pay with $1M bill
Do you have change for a million-dollar bill? Police say a North Carolina man insisted his million-dollar note was real when he was buying $476 worth of items at a Walmart.

Behind Russell Brand and Katy Perry's divorce
Russell Brand filed for divorce from his pop star spouse on Friday. But from the start, the perky singer and sharp-tongued British comedian seemed an unlikely couple.

Bronx defense lawyer Elliott Shapiro sings the blues
He's got a law degree — and a mean case of the blues. Veteran Bronx defense attorney Elliott Shapiro, 67, has turned 42 years of courthouse heartbreak and triumph into a series of blues ballads that chronicle day-to-day life in the Hall of Justice.

Michigan State No. 15 in hockey poll; Michigan moves up to No. 16
Western Michigan remains No. 8 in this week's U.S. College Hockey Online poll of the top 20 teams in the nation. Michigan State dropped from 14th to No. 15 and Michigan jumped from 20th to No. 16.

Amid snowstorm, Gaylord reports record low snow in December
As northern Michigan absorbs the first big snowstorm of the season, the National Weather Service is announcing a record accumulation at its Gaylord office - the lowest ever for December.

Cruise's new 'Mission: Impossible' maintains altitude with $38.3 million in weekend box office sales
Tom Cruise is off to a good start for the new year with a second-straight No. 1 weekend at the box office. Cruise's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" took in an estimated $38.3 million domestically over the long holiday weekend from Friday to Monday. That raised its total to $141.2 million.

Walk this way, again: Steven Tyler is engaged
NEW YORK - Steven Tyler is ready to walk this way, again: The 63-year-old singer is engaged.

U.S. auto industry looks ahead to another good year
After hitting a 30-year low in 2009, U.S. auto sales are poised for a second straight year of growth in 2012 - the result of easier credit, low interest rates and pent-up demand for cars and trucks created by the Great Recession.

Mom reunites with biological child 77 years later
For most of her 100 years, Minka Disbrow tried to find out what became of the precious baby girl she gave up for adoption after being raped as a teen.

Michigan State 33, Georgia 30 (3 OT): Spartans win Outback Bowl on blocked kick
Kirk Cousins threw for 300 yards and one touchdown and Dan Conroy kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third overtime, giving No. 12 Michigan State a 33-30 victory over No. 18 Georgia in the Outback Bowl on Monday.

Stanford Seeks Trial Delay After Defense Expert Witnesses Quit Over Pay
R. Allen Stanford, accused of running a $7 billion investment fraud, asked for a three-month delay in his trial set for Jan. 23 after his expert witnesses quit over not being paid, according to court filings.

Will victims get right to hide criminal justice?
Does the state Constitution's so-called victims' rights amendment require concealing the sworn statements submitted to judges by police officers to justify arrests?

Stanford Seeks Trial Delay After Court Puts Expert Pay on Hold
R. Allen Stanford, accused of running a $7 billion investment fraud, seeks a three-month delay in his Jan. 23 trial date after his expert witnesses quit because they weren’t being paid.

Judge tosses criminal charge against trucker
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. - A judge in Shepherdsville has dismissed a criminal charge against a truck driver in a train derailment that caused an estimated $5 million in damage.

Defense: Drunken trooper thought he entered own home
State Trooper Jesse Miller pleaded not guilty in Utica City Court this afternoon to felony third-degree criminal mischief, and misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and third-degree assault.

Ga. Lawyers Association head says death row appeals necessary
The head of the Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Association says funding the Resource Center is necessary, if executions are to continue.

U.S. charges 3 Swiss bankers in tax evasion case
(Reuters) - Prosecutors accused three Swiss bankers on Tuesday of conspiring with wealthy U.S. taxpayers to hide more than $1.2 billion in assets from tax authorities, and sources briefed on the matter said the three worked for Wegelin & Co, one of Switzerland's oldest private banks. The office of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney said in a statement that the indictment charges the bankers with trying ...

Gandara hires lawyer in contracting probe
Former Sweetwater schools Superintendent Jesus Gandara has hired criminal defense attorney Paul Pfingst to represent him in the District Attorney’s Office’s ongoing probe of construction contracts granted under his administration.

Criminal defense attorney Tony Savage dead at 81
Well-known and much-respected criminal defense attorney Tony Savage died Tuesday at 81. Among his clients were Gary L. Ridgway, the Green River killer, and David Lewis Rice, murderer of four members of the Goldmark family in 1985.

Sources to be revealed in Sullivan case
DENVER - Defense attorneys and prosecutors battled over confidential informants in the criminal case against former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan Wednesday morning.

Dimora's offensive vs. criminal behavior
The first 44 jurors were questioned Wednesday morning in the public corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and co-defendant Michael Gabor .

Offensive vs. criminal behavior raised
The first 44 jurors were questioned Wednesday morning in the public corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and co-defendant Michael Gabor .

Seattle defense lawyer Tony Savage dead at 81
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle criminal defense lawyer Anthony "Tony" Savage died Tuesday at the age of 81. His family and a law partner told The Seattle Times ( (link) DxiHnX) he had terminal cancer, but he could be found at his office every day until last week.




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