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Trumpworld's white collar lawyer hiring spree
Richard Cullen: A former U.S. attorney, specializes in criminal defense and was a member of George W. Bush's legal team for the 2000 election recount in Florida. He's also had his fair share of high-profile clients, including former Texas Rep. Tom ...

Unresolved Flint Water Crisis Allowing Law Firms to Rake in Millions of Dollars
The tab also includes more than $1.1 million for criminal defense, including at least $463,000 to represent two officials who resigned in late 2015 but who have not been charged: former department director Dan Wyant and former communications director ...

Michigan's Legal Bills For Flint Water Crisis Top $14 Million
The tab also includes more than $1.1 million for criminal defense, including at least $463,000 to represent two officials who resigned in late 2015 but who have not been charged: former department director Dan Wyant and former communications director ...

Michigan's legal bills for Flint water crisis top $14M
The tab also includes more than $1.1 million for criminal defense, including at least $463,000 to represent two officials who resigned in late 2015 but who have not been charged: former department director Dan Wyant and former communications director ...

Legal bills for Flint water crisis top $14 million
The tab also includes more than $1.1 million for criminal defense, including at least $463,000 to represent two officials who resigned in late 2015 but who have not been charged: former department director Dan Wyant and former communications director ...

Take your chances with 12 jurors or 1 judge? Criminal defense lawyers weigh in
In the vast majority of cases, defendants opt for a jury to sit in judgment. "The odds are greater that you can convince at least one out of 12 [jurors] of your point of view," said Mark J. Fonte, a St. George-based criminal defense lawyer and former ...

Baltimore man killed Saturday is stepson of local attorney
Brown, who opened his firm about 30 years ago, said being a criminal defense attorney is part of who he is. But he said Young's killing now makes it difficult for him to contemplate representing someone who "gets up in the morning and looks for ...

Local attorney helping upgrade legal representation for poor defendants
“We're building a blueprint to build a better criminal-defense system across the state” that she promised will be “wonderful” when finished. Advertisement. Grillo, who also worked four years as a communications trainer for Quicken Loans, is one of a ...

Ex-Sheriff Asks US Supreme Court to Put His Trial on Hold
Criminal defense attorney Mike Black, who isn't involved in Arpaio's case but witnessed testimony at his trial as a spectator, said the former sheriff has zero chance of persuading the nation's highest court to stop the trial. Black said he has never ...

Ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio asks US Supreme Court to put his trial on hold
Criminal defense attorney Mike Black, who isn't involved in Arpaio's case but witnessed testimony at his trial as a spectator, said the former sheriff has zero chance of persuading the nation's highest court to stop the trial. Black said he has never ...

Search is on for a wrongful conviction czar at the State Attorney's Office
The state attorney declined to float any potential candidates as the search remained active. However, Nelson did say she agrees with the recommendation of innocence experts that attorneys leading such units have backgrounds in criminal defense. This is ...

Judge's message to son's shooter: 'I want him to understand that I love him'
Judge Lyke said that he has long been acquainted with violence in Chicago as a former prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, and now as a judge. He grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes housing project and enlisted in the Army to pay for college and ...

Hargrove elected president of Public Defenders Conference
While she has numerous administrative duties, her first and foremost responsibility is serving the citizens of the 17th Judicial District as a criminal defense lawyer. She is very proud of the hard work her entire staff puts forth in serving the ...

Once camera-shy, state's highest criminal court opens up
“I've practiced criminal defense for over a decade, and I've never heard an oral argument in the Court of Criminal Appeals, so I'm excited personally because I'll be able to click online and watch some of the biggest cases in Texas criminal law ...

Jason Swindle: Gratitude for campus carry
Those types of students, who have been carrying illegally for decades, are logically more likely to mix drugs and alcohol because of their indifference to the law. Based on my experience as a criminal-defense attorney, I can personally attest that ...

Local attorney helping upgrade legal representation for poor defendants
“We're building a blueprint to build a better criminal-defense system across the state” that she promised will be “wonderful” when finished. Advertisement. Grillo, who also worked four years as a communications trainer for Quicken Loans, is one of a ...

Defending Martin Shkreli: How His Lawyer Aims To Win
Benjamin Brafman, who is on the short list of go-to white-collar criminal defense trial lawyers in New York, is doing exactly that. Mr. Brafman, in his opening statement, told jurors that “[y]ou may not like Martin Shkreli and you may have reasons to ...

Texas Attorney General Raises $500K For Own Criminal Defense
FILE – In this July 29, 2015, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a hearing in Austin, Texas. On the brink of bringing Paxton to trial on felony securities fraud charges, the government's prosecutors are threatening to bail out ...

Revenge porn? Rob Kardashian posts sexually explicit images supposedly of Blac Chyna on social media
“This is, in many ways, exactly what the revenge porn law talks about,” said Louis Shapiro, a criminal defense attorney. “A prosecutor here could choose to make an example of him even if she doesn't want to cooperate.” Anyone pursuing the case would ...

Sex offenders banned from driving for Uber, Lyft
Criminal defense attorneys have long been critical of the state's risk-assessment system for sex offenders, arguing that the levels and how they're determined aren't an accurate way to determine whether someone is a risk to offend again. Using the ...

Texas attorney general withholds name behind his legal donor
Paxton is prohibited from using taxpayer dollars or campaign contributions to defend himself. Last year, state ethics regulators denied giving Paxton their blessing to let political donors pay his criminal defense — but they also didn't outright ban ...

'Like a dagger through the heart' — Miami lawyer recounts ex-client's plot to kill him
When the collect call came in from jail, Miami criminal defense lawyer David Seltzer thought nothing of it. But the inmate on the other end that night in October 2014 wasn't asking for legal help. Instead, the inmate told him that he and his family ...

Paxton's criminal defense fund added $218K in '16
This handout photo provided by Collin County, Texas shows Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton, who was booked into the county jail Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in McKinney, Texas. A grand jury last week indicted ... more. Photo: Associated Press. Image 2 of ...

Swindle: Gratitude for campus carry | LaGrange Daily News
The University of West Georgia gave me an opportunity a few years ago to become an adjunct professor in their Criminology Department. Teaching criminal law ...

Is prime-time courtroom drama having a 'Bull effect' on juries?
Could a consultant who specializes in criminal defense have had a better shot at stacking the deck in Bill's favor? Did the consultant matter at all? The defense only needed to generate reasonable doubt in the mind of one juror to hang the jury. The ...

Ruling Spotlights Dispute Over Attorney Access to Child Services Notes
The rub has come when parents, often accused simultaneously of wrongdoing in both Family and Criminal Courts based on a single set of events, have seen their Family Court records and asked to share that information with their separate criminal defense ...

Tucson Attorneys of Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC Admitted to Practice before United States Supreme Court
The Tucson DUI and criminal defense law firm of Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC is pleased to announce the admission of firm members Michelle Behan and Ryan Bleau to practice before the United States Supreme Court. This distinction allows the pair to present ...

Blac Chyna to seek restraining order against Rob Kardashian after he posted sexually explicit images, attorney says
“This is, in many ways, exactly what the revenge porn law talks about,” said Louis Shapiro, a criminal defense attorney. “A prosecutor here could choose to make an example of him even if she doesn't want to cooperate.” Anyone pursuing the case would ...

Mother accused of killing 4 children, husband acts bizarre in court
But whether or not she wants an attorney, it may not be Martinez's decision to make, said Bob Rubin, a criminal defense attorney not involved with the case. Martinez has the right to represent herself, but only if she's competent to make that decision ...

Lawsuit alleges real estate agent took $1 million in assets from disabled man
A local real estate agent arrested Thursday on felony charges and accused of deceiving a disabled man into selling mineral rights is also facing a civil lawsuit from the man's family, claiming the agent illegally obtained more than $1 million in assets ...

Did Fulton DA illegally seize McIver documents?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Fulton County deputy K. Jackson brings Claud “Tex” McIver into the courtroom during a recent court date. The Atlanta attorney has been charged with malice murder in the shooting death of his wife, business executive ...

Ex-VW diesel expert arrested
"Prosecutors won't agree to an extradition as long as their own probe here hasn't been finalized," said Oliver Wallasch, a Frankfurt criminal defense lawyer who isn't involved in the case. "Now that they were able to get someone for themselves, they're ...

Local judge tops bench in Stamford
And the judge would say the charges are dismissed. 'Arrest that man!' I thought that doing criminal defense work was challenging, interesting and I kind of liked the idea of being a judge, too — because a judge had to make important decisions. Q: Are ...

How to stop wrongful convictions
Hollway's report recommends that such units be headed by a lawyer who has done both prosecutorial and criminal defense work, and that they have staff who are trained in the investigation of cold cases and problems in the criminal justice system that ...

Who really killed Emily Bluebird? Two versions arise in murder
During the hourlong hearing, Judge Viken said the issue was the first of its kind he has encountered in his experience as a federal prosecutor, federal public defender, private criminal defense lawyer and judge. “I have never seen anything like this in ...

Prosecutor in infamous 1966 nurses murder case dies at 80
Criminal defense lawyer Thomas Anthony Durkin said that when he was a young lawyer, Martin was "one of my heroes" and had remained a great mentor and friend. "He was truly a lawyer's lawyer, and we will miss him dearly," said Durkin. On July 14, 1966, ...

Attorneys seek better criminal case management
Ahmad Assed, a criminal defense attorney who attended the workshop, said it was a “good start” to any reforms, but he cautioned Torrez against politicizing the issue. He questioned some of the examples Torrez has highlighted as reasons for making ...

Longtime public defender Michael Hussey making switch to private firm
President of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mr. Hussey was named attorney-in-charge of CPCS's Worcester office in 1994, two years after being named to the agency's “murder list,” a compilation of lawyers qualified to accept ...

3 officers in court Monday on charges of cover-up in Laquan McDonald death
"Perhaps the biggest effect of the indictment of these three officers would be to chill their availability to testify in the Van Dyke trial if that goes first," said Robert Loeb, a longtime criminal defense attorney who teaches at DePaul University ...

Krasner to 'Merge' Law Practice With Greenblatt Pierce
Krasner, who has done criminal defense and civil rights work since 1993, announced his plans Monday, saying he wanted to avoid any appearance of impropriety in the lead-up to the November election, or in the event that he is elected as the chief law ...

US judge disqualifies Watts as Uresti's attorney in criminal fraud case
It makes no mention of him doing any criminal defense work. “Tab Turner is a great trial lawyer,” Watts said. “One thing I've learned is different kinds of cases does not matter. It's the ability to communicate in front of juries. He is, in my view ...

Trump Jr. Hires Criminal Defense Attorney Alan Futerfas For Russia Probe
Donald Trump Jr. hired criminal defense attorney Alan Futerfas on Monday to represent him in connection with the ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, TPM has confirmed. Amanda Miller, the Trump Organization's senior vice president ...

Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer is a Juilliard-trained trombonist who plays in a symphony and defends mobsters
The case that helped put attorney Alan Futerfas on the map was full of bloodshed, backstabbing and secrecy, like a Mafia movie that played out in real life in a Brooklyn courthouse. The year was 1994, and Futerfas, a young defense lawyer, was ...

Travis County judge catching heat over critical Facebook post
The appropriateness of a Facebook post in which Court at Law Judge Nancy Hohengarten tells a friend she is being “tortured” by a lawyer in trial is expected to be discussed by the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association at their monthly meeting on ...

Can PTSD be used as a criminal defense?
Emil Rossi, a top criminal defense attorney out of Syracuse, says it's certainly something Walters' legal council could explore. "If you have a defendant whose been in the armed services within the last fifteen or twenty years, one of the first things ...

Judge Nancy Hohengarten blasted over Facebook post
A Travis County judge who is pushing for criminal contempt charges against one defense attorney now...

Judge: Anti-abortion leader's attorneys violated court order
"With respect to the criminal defense counsel, they do not get to decide whether they can violate the preliminary injunction," the judge said. Matthew Geragos, an attorney for Cooley and Ferreira, said the attorneys were "legally entitled" to put out ...

Trump Jr.'s lawyer is a Miami boy who recalls the 'amazing Cuban food' of his childhood
Before he played trombone at Juilliard, defended mobsters and became Donald Trump Jr.'s newly hired criminal defense attorney, Alan Futerfas was a kid from Westchester. He rode his bike to Key Biscayne and ate “the most amazing Cuban food” prepared ...

What to Expect at the FBI Nominee's Confirmation Hearing
... • Christopher A. Wray, President Trump's nominee for F.B.I. director, will appear at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing. • If confirmed, Mr. Wray will face a host of challenges, including low ...

Brandstetter to Lead Schnader Defense, Investigations Group
Laurel Brandstetter, a partner in the firm's Pittsburgh office, will chair the newly-redubbed criminal defense and internal investigations group, the firm announced Wednesday. "We do a lot more than just white-collar, so I thought [criminal defense and ...




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