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Cuomo Vetoes Bill for State Takeover of Indigent Criminal Defense Costs
He noted that his administration's settlement of a case in the fall of 2014, Hurrell-Harring v. State of New York, 8866-07, established a more limited template of state oversight of the criminal defense systems in the five defendant counties of Suffolk ...

Cuomo Vetoes Bill for State Takeover of Indigent Criminal Defense Costs
Nevertheless, Cuomo said he would introduce a plan beginning in early 2017 that would bring "groundbreaking" reforms to the state's indigent criminal defense system. It would include guarantees of counsel at first appearance for indigent defendants ...

Cuomo vetoes bill for NY state to fund legal services for the poor ...
Cuomo vetoes bill for NY state to fund legal services for the poor ...

40 Under 40: Sara Compher-Rice
“Over the past 16 years, I have had the privilege of watching Sara grow into a talented, outspoken and passionate criminal defense attorney,” wrote firm partner Steve Oberman. “Clients who have been accused of crimes in municipal, state and federal ...

Sexual Assault Defense Book Released
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Jan. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In their new book, Pattern Cross-Examination for Sexual Assault Cases: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide, criminal defense lawyers, Michael Waddington and Alexandra González-Waddington, give ...

Cuomo Vetoes New Gravity Knife Legislation & Indigent Criminal Defense Reform
Civil rights advocates condemned Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to veto two pieces of legislation over the weekend; one that would have decriminalized certain types of pocket knives, and another bill that would have provided more state funding to pay ...

A Prosecutor's Response
I've been writing a weekly column on criminal justice for close to two years now, and while I try to be accurate and fair, my articles naturally reflect my experience as a criminal defense attorney and not that of a prosecutor. A prosecutor's on-the ...

Nebraska courts will seal criminal cases that end in acquittal, dismissal under new law
The sweeping change, which will affect tens of thousands of cases each year, was approved by the Legislature in April 2016 at the request of an association representing the state's criminal defense attorneys. Under the law, which took effect Jan. 1 ...

Livingston County News | Veto of public defender funding keeps ...
Livingston County News | Veto of public defender funding keeps ...

Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Launches Secondary Website
Ryan Garry - Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney has announced the launch of his secondary website. The criminal defense attorney states that the new website is strategically focused on the criminal defense categories of white collar crimes as well ...

Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation improving Michigan's indigent
Rick Snyder today signed legislation to ensure the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission meets state constitutional obligations and maintains independences from the judiciary while continuing its work to maintain a fair indigent criminal defense system ...

Michigan Indigent Criminal Defense Commission Reestablished
(MPRN-Lansing) The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will be able to continue its work. Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation Wednesday reestablishing the commission. It was established in 2013 when Snyder signed legislation that set statewide ...

Revised Criminal Code Takes Effect January 1n A Decade in the ...
Revised Criminal Code Takes Effect January 1n A Decade in the ...

Hearing for defense attorney Jack St. Clair, accused of violent domestic dispute, postponed again
PALMER -- Domestic violence charges against a high-profile Western Mass. defense attorney will not move forward until the spring. John "Jack" St. Clair had been scheduled to appear in Palmer District on Tuesday for a pretrial hearing stemming from a ...

Why It Absolutely Makes Sense to Charge Chicago Facebook Live Four With Hate Crimes
As a criminal defense attorney, I think there is absolutely no question. If the tables were turned, and it was four white suspects attacking a black man, yelling “f*** black people” then there would be no question that the incident would qualify as a ...

Counsel Costs for Indigent Family Court Litigants Often Overlooked
ALBANY -- Efforts to make the state financially responsible for indigent criminal defense in New York are overlooking the considerable public resources needed to represent litigants in Family Court, a legal services official said. The state Court of ...

The basic defense all N.Y.ers deserve
The bill would have shifted the cost of criminal defense for poor defendants from New York's 62 counties to the state by 2023. Many counties, struggling economically, have well-documented histories of failing to provide adequate defense counsel at the ...

Six Weeks Before Trial, Federal Case Against John Wiley Price Is in Trouble
In 2009 Billy Ravkind, then the dean of the Dallas white-collar criminal defense bar who was Nealy's lawyer at the time, told me Nealy did not have federal immunity in the matters she testified to in the Hill trial, but he did tell me she and the feds ...

What criminal charges will accused Fort Lauderdale airport shooter face?
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Bradford Cohen on Friday said the suspect in custody, who carried a military ID of 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, likely will face murder charges after five people were killed in a shooting at the Fort ...

Guest opinion: Transforming Montana's indigent defense
This innovative bill will provide the framework to begin comprehensive diversionary or "holistic" criminal defense projects in up to four areas of Montana. To stop criminal behavior, its underlying causes must be addressed. Otherwise, the same ...

Rodney Ellis leaves Texas Senate with criminal justice legacy
The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association opposed it, arguing that it would be intrusive and that only prosecutors should have to open their files because the burden of proof in criminal cases is on the state. "That was a little too far out there ...

Rodney Ellis leaves Texas Senate with criminal justice legacy | The ...
Rodney Ellis leaves Texas Senate with criminal justice legacy | The ...

Rodney Ellis Leaves Texas Senate With Criminal Justice Legacy
Initially, Ellis pushed for “reciprocal discovery,” which would have required defense attorneys and prosecutors to share files. The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association opposed it, arguing that it would be intrusive and that only prosecutors ...

Feds Arrest VW Exec -- And Implicate Higher-Ups In Wolfsburg, Too
The government sometimes has difficulty proving white-collar cases where evidence of intent to defraud is weak, or the underlying criminal statutes are too broad, said Josh Greenberg, a veteran criminal-defense attorney in Washington with experience in ...

Preserve your rights and freedoms. Superior legal representation from Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew McKeon ...
Preserve your rights and freedoms. Superior legal representation from Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew McKeon ...

Chicago cop asks that charges over Laquan McDonald's killing be dropped
Many longtime criminal defense lawyers believe Van Dyke's legal team could argue at trial that the officer acted in self-defense. The dashboard camera video of the white police officer shooting the black teen has caused a firestorm of controversy and ...

Augusta criminal defense lawyer given highest peer review rating
Criminal defense attorney Stephen Smith, with several recent high-profile criminal cases, has received the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review. Smith, 47, of the Augusta law firm Lipman & Katz, was given a rating of “AV,” or a preeminent ...

Bridgegate complaint against Christie is hanging by a thread. Now what?
But last week, Bergen's first assistant prosecutor John Higgins III filed a motion arguing the municipal judge who originally heard the case, Roy F. McGeady, "erred" in allowing it to proceed because he'd not permitted the governor's criminal defense ...

Ogg taps former judge for ethics post in DA's office - Houston ...
Ogg taps former judge for ethics post in DA's office - Houston ...

Los Angeles Criminal Attorney Offers Free Case Review to Help ...
Los Angeles Criminal Attorney Offers Free Case Review to Help ...

Some Democrats Critical of NY Governor Following Veto of Public Defense Bill
Democratic Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres criticized Mr. Cuomo as finding the money for “boondoggle” pet infrastructure initiatives but not criminal defense. “Hardly a progressive placement of priorities,” Mr. Torres said. A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo ...

Positive reforms coming to indigent defense in Montana
This innovative bill will provide the framework to begin comprehensive diversionary or “holistic” criminal defense projects in up to four areas of Montana. This type of criminal defense has services in place to deal with not only the criminal activity ...

Defense lawyer, prosecutor chosen as nominees for Sixth Judicial District seat
Lahammer, 57, of Mount Vernon, has been in private criminal defense practice with Lahammer Law Firm since 2002. He handles criminal cases in state and federal courts. Lahammer also litigates some civil cases, such as personal injury and employment law ...

A 2017 Wish List for Lawyers and Judges
That the new Pennsylvania attorney general, Josh Shapiro, does not place all the blame for the dysfunctional office he inherited on former Attorney General Kathleen Kane. She was in over her head, which caused her to make a lot of mistakes; however ...

Positive Reforms Coming to Indigent Defense in Montana
This innovative bill will provide the framework to begin comprehensive diversionary or “holistic” criminal defense projects in up to four areas of Montana. This type of criminal defense has services in place to deal with not only the criminal activity ...

No criminal cases impacted by 'tainted' cops, so far
Tony Lidgett, a private-practice criminal defense attorney in Bakersfield, received a letter from Green regarding his representation of Ramon Ramirez, who was accused in 2013 of various drug charges. Lidgett was able to get three charges dropped in ...

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer - Weighs on Student-Teacher ...
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer - Weighs on Student-Teacher ...

Pittsburgh attorney tries novel approach in fight to normalize marijuana
In April 2016 Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act, or Act 16, legalizing medical cannabis for PA residents with serious medical conditions. Now, a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney believes the new medical law ...

Edward Mangano spent $200,000 in campaign funds on attorney ...
Edward Mangano spent $200,000 in campaign funds on attorney ...

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer On “Can I Be Charged Just Because I'm Accused?”
In some situations, the police arrest people, and the arrested persons can be charged with a crime, based on little more than someone accusing them, reports Dallas criminal defense lawyer John Helms. When this happens, the arrested person and their ...

Door opened for out-of-state lawyers to represent pipeline protesters
"We have been provided no evidence that a specific defendant has been denied counsel due to the unavailability of criminal defense or pro hac vice associate lawyers licensed in North Dakota," the judges wrote. Purdon called the court's order a ...

Reforms coming to indigent defense
This innovative bill will provide the framework to begin comprehensive diversionary or “holistic” criminal defense projects in up to four areas of Montana. This type of criminal defense has services in place to deal with not only the criminal activity ...

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer on, Can I Be Charged Just ...
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer on, Can I Be Charged Just ...

Stung by First Jury, Prosecutors Pin Hopes on Dewey Retrial
Observers, jurors in the first trial and criminal defense experts said in interviews that the prosecution was smart to reduce the number of charges this time—giving the case a clearer focus and improving the odds of conviction. One former juror, Pan ...

New legal office in North Tulsa offers holistic approach to defending ...
New legal office in North Tulsa offers holistic approach to defending ...

Recommendations are in but not public in judge decision
His practice focuses on criminal defense and family law matters, according to the press release. Previously, he was a defense and family law attorney at Manahan Bluth Law Office. “I wish Mr. McDermott and Ms. Zehnder Fisher the very best in navigating ...

Guantánamo hearings to go forward minus one death-penalty defender
Each of the five men accused of the plot that killed nearly 3,000 people has a criminal defense lawyer with expertise in capital defense, a learned counsel, and Pohl has in the past postponed court when one was too ill to attend. READ MORE: About the 9 ...

City of Mobile hires contract attorneys to represent indigent defendants
Her practice experience includes work with one of the largest civil defense firms in Mobile, a boutique firm specializing in family law and criminal defense, the Department of Justice-ATF, Vanderbilt University's General Counsel's Office, City of ...

Charting Resolution For Dookhan Cases, Judge Urges Cooperation
Benjamin Keehn, an attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, which provides criminal defense representation to indigent defendants, suggested that if the list of cases prosecutors choose not to dismiss reaches "four digits," or about 1 ...

Pinellas judge removed from case over alleged animosity toward defense lawyer
According to court records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, judge William Burgess III and criminal defense lawyer Sean McQuaid have an "acrimonious personal relationship" that erupted years ago during Burgess' days as a prosecutor. Another judge was ...




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